CRABTREE, Ora, who is one of the most substantial farmers in Mound Township, McDonough County, was born in Fulton County, Ill., on January 2, 1869, a son of Uriah and Urith (Johnson) Crabtree, natives of Ohio. The subject of this sketch came to Mound Township with his parents about the year 1875, when his father purchased 220 acres of land, on which he carried on general farming until his death in January, 1896, the mother still living on the old homestead. Upon the death of his father, Mr. Crabtree took charge of the farm, to which he has since added more land, until he now owns 350 acres. He had one brother, Allen. Politically, Mr. Crabtree is a Democrat, and is identified fraternally with the I. O. O. F. and the Knights of Pythias. On August 1, 1905, he was united in marriage with Phebe Beaver, of Washington County, Kans., a daughter of Charles and Samantha (Lewis) Beaver, her parents being well-known farmers of that county. Mr. Crabtree is a thorough and intelligent farmer, the successful results attending his labors bearing witness to his practical and scientific methods.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.