Biography - SAMUEL L. CRATTY

Samuel L. Cratty, who was classed with Litchfield's prominent citizens, was born April 17, 1858 near Walshville, Illinois, and his life was passed upon a farm in that locality and also near Sorento, Illinois. He remained in the latter neighborhood until his removal to Litchfield in the fall of 1880. He acquired his education in the public schools and following his removal to Litchfield he entered the employ of Pierson B. Updike in his hardware and machinery store. In 1896 after long and faithful service with Mr. Updike he became connected with the Mundy-Settlemire Company, grain merchants, and he also extended his efforts to another line of business activity by becoming a member of the firm of Rose & Cratty, insurance agents. Throughout his business career his industry and perseverance were numbered among his salient characteristics and led to a gratifying measure of success.

On the 17th of March, 1886, Mr. Cratty was united in marriage to Miss May Updike, and they became the parents of two children: Fay and Grace, aged respectively seventeen and fifteen years.

In his political views Mr. Cratty was a stalwart Republican, having firm faith in the principles of the party. He was popular with his fellow townsmen because of his genuine worth, social nature and unfailing courtesy, and when he died on the 16th of May, 1899, his death was deeply deplored by many friends as well as his immediate family. He died very suddenly and not long after the death of Mr. Updike and his loss thus came particularly hard upon his wife, who had so recently lost her father. Mrs. Cratty was educated in the Litchfield high school and occupies an enviable position in social circles where true worth and intelligence are received as passports into good society. She is a very earnest worker in the Sunday-school, a most capable teacher and also assists in various departments of the church activities. She now lives with her mother in a beautiful and commodious brick residence at No. 523 Union avenue.

Extracted 11 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1904 Past and Present of Montgomery County, Illinois, by Jacob L. Traylor, pages 28-33.

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