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Crawford, Lowndes County, Mississippi
"Crawford Notes", a column from the Columbus Commercial, 1905, contributed by Jeannine Smith.
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A History of Columbus, Mississippi, During the 19th Century
By William Lowndes Lipscomb, Georgia P. Young,
United Daughters of the Confederacy Mississippi Division.
Stephen D. Lee Chapter No. 34, Columbus
Published by S.D. Lee Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, 1909
Original from Harvard University
The village of Crawford was called after the Rev. Peter Crawford, and was distinguished from its earliest history for the morality and intelligence of its citizens, good schools and churches, and its stores well furnished with large stocks of goods. It was incorporated, governed by a mayor, and selectmen, made pleasant at all seasons of the year by its extensive plank sidewalks, and altogether is one of the most delightful prairie villages in this section of the state.
From the Gilmer or Crawfordville road there stretches east a broad upland prairie, reaching almost to the Tombigbee River. In this section of the county many of Lowndes county's most excellent and worthy citizens settled. Among them were Lemuel Fields, Ervin, Hairston, Carson, Allison, Drennon, Love, Artemias Jennings, William Ervin, Sr., Samuel Witherspoon, James and Richard and Joseph Sykes, Dr. Grattan, Mottley, Odeneal, Deering, the Hargroves, Vaughans, Harveys, McCarty, Goolsby, the Easts, Gen. J. V. Harris of Georgia, and John Cox.
Returning, on the Macon road across McGowah, were the Kyles, Jas. W. Harris, Bradford, Barry, Butler, Morton, Watson and Holdiness.
The rapid growth and development of Columbus is due very largely to the fact that so many of these prairie planters moved into Columbus and built superb homes; expended their wealth in assisting to build Columbus churches and colleges and added to its high moral and social position among the cities of Mississippi.
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Crawford was originally a post town, a station along the Mobile & Ohio Rail line, and is located in the southwestern part of Lowndes County, about 18 miles southwest of Columbus. There are conflicting "facts" about who the town of Crawford was named after. Jim Foster wrote us that Crawford was named for the Rev. Crawford, a Baptist minister. If you have other information, please send it to us and we will post that also. Originally there were four churches and an Academy, and a money order post office. In 1900 there were 389 inhabitants. Located in the black Prairie belt, agriculture consisted of timber, cotton, and corn.
The downtown section of Crawford included a "drug" store (not drugs as is known now), several general merchandise stores, a Post Office, a barber shop, a blacksmith shop. There was a railroad station. Gulf Mobile & Ohio passenger trains came thru each day. The "Rebel" was what locals called the daily passenger train.
The school in Crawford was called "The Institute". The locals tell that it was a boarding school as well as having the local children come in each day. I have not been able to confirm that, but the "old timers" remember it was a "magnificient" school.
The doctor for this whole area, including Artesia, Penn Station and all areas surrounding, in the time known to this writer was Dr. Frazier. I remember being sick as a very small child, and my mother and grandmother calling him and he would drive all the way up from Crawford to Artesia just to tend a small child's stomach ache! I also remember his Penicillin shots! OUCH!. His son also went into the medical practice, Dr. John T. Frazier
Later, a more modern school was built near the center of town. Unfortunately, as with the other smaller towns of western Lowndes County, the school systems were consolidated and when Crawford could not support their own school, their children were bussed to other towns and schools.
The Carr cemetery is located about 200 yards northeast of the old seed bin facility and 100 yards south of the railroad crossing of the east-west blacktop highway.
The Ledbetter cemetery has a little over 50 graves and is located about two miles east of Crawford on the blacktop highway between Crawford and Tarleton's store. Several families are buried here.
Crawford's town cemetery, Oaklimb Cemetery, is located about one mile west of Crawford.