Lorinda H. Crosno

Mrs. Lorinda H. Crosno Died This Morning at the Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. Jennie Davis 

Was Born in Tennessee and Was in Her 93d Year; Well Preserved Mentally 
and Physically for Her Age. 

Mrs. Lorinda Howard Crosno, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents 
of Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county, died this morning at the home of her daughter, 
Mrs. Jennie Davis, 1111 Oakland avenue. She had made her home for some years 
with Mrs. Davis. Mrs. Crosno, until stricken by the illness which resulted in her death, 
enjoyed good health for one of her years. 

She was born October 2, 1836, in Tennessee, and her age was 92 years and seven months, 
at the time of her death. Her parents came to Illinois when she was 2 years old, and located 
in Mc Clellan township where almost her entire life was spent. Mrs. Crosno was of a very 
devout nature and was for 35 years a member of the Christian church at south Hickory Hill. 
June 29, 1854, she was united in marriage with Joseph H. Crosno, who died ten years ago 
at the age of 86 years. In his day Mr. Crosno was one of the best farmers, and most influential 
citizens, not only for McClellan township, but of Jefferson county.Mr. and Mrs. Crosno were 
parents of eleven children, six sons and five daughters. Those surviving are P.K., and Howard, 
of  California; Charles, New Mexico; S. J. and A. O., of Arthur, Ill., and H. W., the youngest, 
Mc Clellan township. The daughters are Mrs. W. H. Marlow and Mrs. Jennie Davis, Mt. Vernon. 
Three daughters, Mrs. Peoria Duncan, Mrs. Florida Johnston and Mrs. Rose Birdsong, are dead. 
In addition to the children Mr. and Mrs. Crosno raised one grandson, Dial Crosno, of Shawnee, 
Mrs. Crosno was remarkable not only for the fact that she was one of the oldest, if not the 
oldest woman in Jefferson county, but for the strength and force of her character. She was 
a great reader until age impaired her eyesight, and she was not only a reader but a thinker 
and reasoner. She formed her own opinions, after study and consideration, never hastily 
arriving at conclusions, and when once formed she rarely had cause to change them. She 
was a woman of strong convictions of right and wrong, and her influence was ever on the 
side of right. Blessed with a bright mind she added to her natural endowments by reading 
useful literature, and in keeping abreast of the times by reading newspapers.She Always 
Voted She took great interest in religious, political and economic questions and was a close 
student of matters of his nature. She never failed to cast her vote at every important election. 
She was firm in her political and other convictions. She voted at the last general election, and 
it is believed was the oldest woman who voted in Jefferson county. She was domestic in her 
tastes, and a true home lover and home maker, and in the rearing of a large family proved her 
worth as a mother. Of a kindly nature, she was cheerful and philosophically made the most of 
life from the beginning to its close. Her physical strength was very unusual for one of her years, 
and both mentally and physically she was a remarkable woman.The world is better for the life 
she lived, and her children rise up and call her blessed, as was said of old. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at Hickory Hill church 
in Mc Clellan township, and burial will follow at the cemetery adjoining. 

Source: Bible Clipping 
submitted by Cherie Sheaffer  
Oct 4, 1997 



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