Monday, December 31, 2007

harley craig

harley, son of albert and elizabeth maxwell craig, was born april 11 1900. he grew up in the white oak community, ne of ridgeway. he attended the white oak school.
oletha, daughter of charles and nellie merrifield landes, was born june 11 1902. she grew up in the white oak community, also. they lived on various farms around eagleville, cainsville and ridgeway. they sold their farm and moved to ridgeway where they lived for several years, later moving to smithville, missouri, where they now reside.
harley and oletha have 7 children, richard born august 19 1917; clayton born jan 2 1920; clell born june 19 1923; eugene born nov 25 1924; raymond born sept 19 1926; wilbur born april 10 1928; and joanne, born dec 29 1933. they have 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
harley learned to operate a steam engine at a very early age and with his brothers, lloyd and norvia, helped his father run a threshing machine for many years. later he operated a sorghum mill. he had a school route for many years and in the early thirties he drove one of the horse-drawn buses. later he drove a bus which was made from an old model t ford. submitted by lela lewis craig.


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