A. J. CRUICKSHANK CALLED HOME - Blair’s Oldest Citizen Passes Away At His Home In West Blair On Tuesday, May 26, At 1 P.M. - Was A Native Of Scotland
Blair citizens bowed their heads in sorrow Tuesday when the sad news was spread about that "Grandpa" Cruickshank had passed away after a brief illness of but a few days. He was born in Cuniston, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Nov. 8, 1831, where he grew to manhood and it was while still in Scotland that he met, wooed and married when about twenty-five years of age. At the time of his marriage, which was March 19, 1857, he was employed in a bank, but later he farmed his mother’s farm and he continued this work until he came to America in 1872. After visiting his brother who was in business in Omaha, for a time, they purchased a farm in De Soto township of Mr. George McKenzie, who was also a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Here he and his good wife lived and reared their family and continued to farm until the family had grown and left the home nest. About ten years ago they decided to move to Blair where they would be free to spend their declining days in peace and rest. The farm was sold to Mr. John Reid of Blair and as chance would have it, Mr. Reid is also a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland so that from the time of the homesteading up to the present time the title has rested continuously in a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Since moving to Blair, "Grandpa and Grandma" Cruickshank, as they are known to us all, have found their ways into the hearts and affections of the people of Blair and it is indeed hard to think of one without the other. At his extreme age of nearly ninety-four years, he was hale and hearty up to the time he was stricken and his pleasant, even, sunny disposition made him an object of love and respect by the whole community. He always had a pleasant smile and kindly work for everyone and we will miss him greatly now that he is gone. As a boy, some thirty-five years ago, the writer can look back when he was still on the farm and his same even tenor of life, his honorable, Christian like method of living made him then as now, an object of greatest respect in his community. For sixty-eight years "Grandpa and Grandma" Cruickshank have enjoyed a married life which was as nearly perfect as is possible in a human way and now when at the age of eighty-nine years she is left without his loving attention but the Almighty has blessed her with ten loyal children, four sons and six daughters, all living, who will do everything possible to make the remainder of her life’s journey as pleasant as possible and drive away all care that is common to nature. She has nothing to regret, theirs was a perfect life and his life was one that we might all do well to emulate. Besides the aged wife, those left to mourn him are: John of Golden Valley, N.D., Andrew and James of Omaha; Alex of Los Ma Linas, Calif; Mrs. Sherry Moore of Blair; Mrs. Ora Marshall of Casper, Wyo; Mrs. J. S. Burnett, Little Medicine, Wyo; Mrs. Leo Nickerson, Marshall, Wyo.; Mrs. M. A. Summers, Page, Nebr.; and Mrs. Anna Mumaugh of California, also nineteen grand children and eighteen great grand children. The funeral services will beheld tomorrow, Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the Congregational church of which he was a member. Rev. James A. McKeeman, pastor, will have charge of the services and will be assisted by Rev. W. H. Underwood of the Crowell Home, who is a neighbor and friend of the family and interment will be made in the Blair Cemetery.