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    Rosalbo W. Crofoot, who is now living in comfortable retirement at Troy, was for a quarter of a century one of the well-known lumbermen of this community, where during his business career he built up a well-merited reputation for high business principles and stalwart integrity. Mr. Crofoot was born at Painesville, the county seat of Lake county, Ohio, April 9, 1845, a son of Andrew and Mary (Greene) Crofoot. His father, a stove-moulder by trade, worked at that vocation at Painesville, Ohio, and Saginaw, Mich., and was a man who was highly respected in these communities. He and his worthy wife were the parents of six children: Rinaldo, a retired clothier now residing in the State of California; Emery, deceased; Lomalino, a resident of Saginaw, Mich.; Isabelle, the wife of Joseph M. Jones, of Saginaw county, Michigan, who was a lieutenant in the Union army during the Civil war; a daughter deceased; and Rosalbo W. R. W. Crofoot secured his education in the public schools of Painesville, Ohio, and Saginaw, Mich., and after leaving school was attracted to railroad work. From brakeman he rose to the position of locomotive engineer and piloted an engine for fourteen years, but in 1893 resigned and came to Troy, where, November 10, he embarked in the lumber business. For more than a quarter of a century he was identified with the lumber industry, in which he won a worthy success in an honorable manner. Recently he disposed of his interests, and, to occupy his time, purchased a garden, where he now finds exercise, pleasure and profit, in growing flowers, plants and vegetables. Mr. Crofoot has shown a tendency to take an interest in civic affairs, and, as a great friend of education, served as a member of the school board for sixteen and one-half years and still retains his place in that body. He is likewise chairman of the library board and in other ways has contributed to his city's well-being. With his family, he belongs to the Methodist church. Mr. Crofoot married Miss Mary Hurley, of Troy, and to this union there were born two daughters: Iva, the wife of Prof. William Cairns, of Troy, who occupies the chair of mathematics at Oberlin College; and Catherine, the wife of Pratt Tracey, of Toledo.

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