William Crosby (1)
Company K, 17th Kansas Cavalry
William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:
WILLIAM CROSBY, farmer, Section 17, P. O. Valley Falls, is a native of Maine; was born in Penobscot County, town of Hampden, October 13, 1832. When he attained his twentieth year he came to Illinois, and was employed for three years on the topography of the Illinois Central R. R., which was being constructed at the time. I 1854 went to Minnesota, in company with his brother R. H., contemplating to locate there; concluding to try a warmer climate he came to Kansas, and settled on a claim in Atchison County near Pardee, where they proposed to start a town. The following year came to Grasshopper Falls, which was just starting; they erected a building and put in a stock of general merchandise, the first in the place. In 1866 was burned out by the border ruffians and had other serious difficulties to contend with; continued in business however and made it a success. During the war he served for a time in Company K. Seventeenth Kansas. Mr. Crosby was honorably known in mercantile circles for a number of years; for the past fifteen years has devoted his time to agricultural pursuits. He has been three times married, his two former wives being dead; the first was Mary A. Whitcomb, the second Jennie Wyman; his present wife's maiden name was Maria H. Prentice, a native of Ohio.