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Minor Crick


Minor Crick -- born "Minerd Krick" -- was born on April 24, 1857 in western Ohio, most likely in Van Wert County, the son of Emanuel and Sarah Elizabeth "Betsy" (Minerd) Krick. As a boy, he and his parents and siblings moved to near Decatur, Adams County, IN, and thence back to his mother's former home area of near Monroeville, Allen County, IN.

Minor boarded at age 23 with the farming family of Harvey and Jane Turner in Marion Township, Allen County, when the federal census was taken in 1880. 

On Sept. 8, 1881, when Minor was age 24, he was united in holy wedlock with 15-year-old Mary Ann Lentz (May 1866-1882) in Allen County. Elder E.H. McCormick officiated at the ceremony in Allen County.

They produced one daughter, Mary Jane Shutt.

Tragically, while in childbirth with their second daughter in July 1884, Mary Ann succumbed as did the baby. Mary Ann was just a few weeks shy of her 18th birthday, and the marriage had lasted under three years. According to the Monroeville Breeze, her last words were "I am going home," although the Breeze misspelled Miner's name as "Miram." Rev. S.D. Millerm, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated at the funeral.


Piggott obituary, 1938

Circa 1885, Miner dwelled in Crown Point and Birdville, near Monroeville. In January 1885, the Breeze noted that "the hay-pressers from Ft. Wayne are pressing hay at Miner Krick's farm." He was named in the Breeze newspaper in late April 1885, which reported that he "has begun plowing for oats. Miner is always ahead." The same year, he apparently had received an unwanted approach by a human or animal, reported the Breeze, which said that "The 'tramp' that has been pestering Minor Krick for the past week had better give him a wide berth in the future or he will be severely dealt with."

After a little more than two years as a widower, on June 6, 1886, at age 29, Minor married 23-year-old Elizabeth Ann "Lydia" Wright (1863-1898), said to have been the daughter of Lafayette W. and Sarah Elizabeth (Thompson) Wright. Their nuptials took place at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage, by the hand of Rev. J.J. Bicknell. Bicknell reported in the event in the Breez:, "On arriving at the parsonage last Sunday evening, we found in waiting this young couple, ready to be made happy, which we hastened to do. May long life and prosperity attend them." The short article spelled Miner's name as "Minard."

Along with several other couples, the Kricks spent New Year's Day 1888 at the home of John Castle and family in Jefferson Township. A short article in the Breeze's gossip column spelled his name "Minerd." Two months later, in February, Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, Lillie Belle. The Breeze said that Minor "smiles and sings that good old song, I am a daddy at last.--It's a girl." The short article spelled his name as "Minor." 

The growing family shortly afterward moved from their residence on the Golden farm to a house previously occupied by Amos Lanning. By June 1889, they lived at Marquardt's Crossing, and were members of the Marquardt Lutheran church.

The Cricks migrated to Arkansas in about 1892, making their home on a farm in St. Francis Township, Clay County, in the northeastern-most section of the state. Elizabeth's brother William F. Wright had settled there a year earlier, and their mother also came about that time. Upon arrival in Clay County, they made their home near Wright's Chapel. For reasons not yet known, his daughter Mary Jane did not make the trip, but instead moved into the home of Minor's uncle and aunt, James and Martha Jane (Sheehan) Minerd, near Monroeville. She was there in 1900 as shown by the federal census.

Later, Minor purchased a farm west of Piggott near the county home. There, they joined the Christian Church in Piggott. Minor returned to Monroeville to see family and friends in December 1893, prompting the Breeze to mention his visit in its gossip columns, spelling his name "Minard."

Sadly, Elizabeth died on Aug. 7, 1898, at the age of 35. Details of her untimely passing are not yet known.


Clay County Courthouse in Piggott, Arkansas


In 1900, a federal census-taker listed Minor and their daughter Lillie in Piggott, with his age given as 43, his marital status as widowed and his occupation as "farmer." 

Later that same year, on Sept. 9, 1900, when Minor was age 43, he was wed to 24-year-old widow and Arkansas native Sena (Brown) Pollard (1876-1966). The ceremony took place in Pollard, a small town in Clay County. Sena has been married before, to Dee Pollard (1873-1896), and brought a young son to the marriage, Elvis Owen Pollard.

The Kricks went on to produce at least five more children of their own -- Raymond "Earl" Crick, Dovie May Scheffler, Monnie Octavia Crick, Gladys L. Scheffler and Edna "Earline" Braden. The family generally went by the spelling of "Crick" during their Arkansas years.

The census of 1910 shows the mixed family making its home in St. Francis Township, along the Piggott & Boydenville Road, with the census-taker spelling their name "Krik." That year, Minor and their son Earl earned their living laboring on the home farm. They remained there for decades as shown by the censuses of 1920 and 1930. By 1930, all of the children had left home with the exception of youngest daughter Edna Earline.

Over the years, Minor endured the deaths of his adult children Earl and Lilly and stepson Elvis Pollard. When health permitted them to attend church, they went to the local Wright's Chapel.

On the fateful day of Nov. 22, 1938, Minor and Sena drove to her sister's home for dinner in nearby Pollard. Reported a Piggott newspaper:

Returning in the afternoon they stopped near their home and the county home and Mr. Crick got out of his wagon to let some cows out of a pasture, which he intended to drive up to his house. After letting the cows out onto the road one of them turned and went back toward the home of Josh Johnson who headed it off and drive it back toward Mr. Crick. The men talked a short while and during the conversation Mr. Johnson said he noticed Mr. Crick had a peculiar expression on his face and watched him as he went on driving the cattle. A short distance from where they were talking he said Mr. Crick threw uphis arms, bent forward and fell to the ground. He said Mr. Crick only drew one breath after he reached him.

Minor was age 83 at the time of death. Rev. Ben E. Hunt, from the local Christian church, officiated at the funeral and burial in Piggott Cemetery. His name appears in state death records as "Minor Crick" as does the inscription on his grave marker. [Find-a-Grave]

Sena survived him by more than a quarter of a century. She died in Corning, Clay County on Oct. 10, 1966.

In June 2016, writing for the Clay County Times-Democrat, historian and genealogist Camilla Cox published an article about the family headlined "Minor Krick (Crick) in Piggott by 1900."

~ Daughter Mary Jane "Jennie" (Crick) Shutt ~

Daughter Mary Jane "Jennie" Crick (1882-1951) was born on July 8, 1882 in Monroeville, IN, with her mother dying in the birth.

As a girl of 10, Jennie apparently stayed behind in Indiana when her father, step-mother and step-sister moved to Arkansas. The federal census of 1900 shows her living under the roof of her cousins, James and Martha Jane (Sheehan) Minerd, along the Indiana-Ohio border near Monroeville. She apparently completed all four years of high school.

At the age of 18, on Feb. 7, 1901, Jennie married 21-year-old Charles John Shutt (March 1880-1962?), a native of Ohio.

The couple produced one son, Jacob "Lewis" Shutt, born in Paulding County in 1903.

They spent their married lives in and around Bloomville, Seneca County, OH. Circa 1910 and 1920, Charles worked as a farmer in Thompson and Scipio Townships, respectively. In 1930, in Bloomville, he earned a living as a laborer on odd jobs, and Jennie as a cook in a local hotel. Their residence was along North Greenfield Road.

Jennie was named in the 1938 obituary of her father.

Neither Charles or Jennie had an occupation when queried in 1940 for the federeal census.

Jennie was stricken with a heart attack and died in less than half an hour at the age of 68 on April 24, 1951. On the Ohio death certificate, signed by Lewis Shutt, the name of her father was spelled "Minard Krick" and her mother as "? Lance." Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Bloomville.

Charles is believed to have survived for another 11 years. He passed into eternity on March 18, 1962. He also rests in Woodlawn Cemetery, but neither his nor Jennie's graves is marked.

Son Lewis Jacob Shutt (1903-1992) was born on March (or April) 14, 1903 in Paulding County, OH. He grew up and took one year of high school education. Lewis resided for the balance of his long life in Seneca County OH. On Christmas Eve 1926, when he was 23 years of age, he was wedded to 23-year-old Edith Leiter (Aug 12, 1903-1962), a native of Seneca County. They apparently made Tiffin city their life-long home, but produced no offspring. The United States Census of 1930 shows Lewis as a truck driver for a cement company. In 1940 he was a truck driver for a wholesale bakery, and Edith was an agent for a bus line. Edith died at the age of 59 on March 21, 1962 in Seneca County only three days after her father-in-law. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Lewis survived her by three decades. He passed away in Seneca County on Sept. 2, 1992.


~ Daughter Lillie Belle (Crick) Morgan ~

Daughter Lillie Belle Crick (1888-1936) was born on Feb. 11, 1888 in Monroeville, IN.

After the death of her mother, she and her father migrated to Arkansas, where they found a home on a farm near Piggott in St. Francis Township, Clay County. 

On the Fourth of July 1909, at the age of 21, Lillie wed 43-year-old neighbor John W. Morgan (1866- ? ). The ceremony is believed to have taken place in Piggott. The bride was 22 years younger than the groom.

The Morgans relocated across the county/state line into Missouri, residing in Risco, New Madrid County. Their known children were Miner M. Morgan, James J. Morgan and Mary M. Morgan.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, the Morgans dwelled in Como, New Madrid County. John and their eldest son Miner both labored on their farm.

Suffering from hypertension and heart disease, Lillie died in Como just two days before her 48th birthday on Feb. 9, 1936. Interment was in Madden Cemetery. John survived his wife by many years. He moved to California and lived to the age of 92.

Son Miner M. Morgan (1912- ? ) was born in about 1912 in New Madrid County. As a young man, he resided in Catron, New Madrid County. On Sept. 9, 1931, at the age of 19, Miner was united in holy matrimony with Alpha Lee Maynard ( ? - ? ), also of Catron. Rev. M.J. Gulley performed the nuptials at his home. Because Alpha Lee was underage, her guardian had to provide written consent to the union.

Son James J. Morgan (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914 in New Madrid County.

Daughter Mary M. Morgan (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919 in New Madrid County.


~ Son Raymond "Earl" Crick ~

Son Raymond "Earl" Crick (1901-1932) was born on Aug. 8, 1901. 

He married Flossie Belle Payne (1900-1972), daughter of Calvin and Roxie (Mayo) Payne.

Their two children were Doyle Raymond Crick and Essie Maxine Reed. 

Tragically, Earl passed away in Piggott at the age of 30 on March 27, 1932. The cause is not yet known. He was laid to rest beside his half brother Elvis Pollard in Piggott's Memorial Gardens Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Flossie survived her husband by four decades. She married again, to William "Orville" Fridenberg (1903-1963). He had been married before to Dovie Barnwell ( ? - ? ) and brought three children to the marriage, William Burnette "Ike" Fridenberg, Max Fridenberg and Wanda Lee (Fridenberg) Short. The couple is believed to have produced a daughter of their own, Sue Ann (Fridenberg) Williams.

Sadly, William passed into eternity on Dec. 10, 1963, in Piggott. Burial was in Piggott's Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 

Flossie followed him to the grave in January 1972, in Searcy, White County, AR.

Son Doyle Raymond Crick (1922-1997) was born on Sept. 23, 1922. He was united in holy matrimony with Christina Ann Kerr (1920-2003). They apparently relocated to Michigan and dwelled in the Detroit area. Doyle was gathered in by the Grim Reaper in Bad Axe, Huron County, MI on Feb. 9, 1997. Christina lived as a widow for another six years. She joined her husband in eternal sleep on Sept. 29, 2003. They rest together in Colefax Cemetery in Bad Axe. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Essie "Maxine" Crick (1923-1980) was born on March 30, 1923. She married Bryce Bernard Reed (1922-1999). They are thought to have spent their years in Clay County. The Reeds' offspring, according to genealogist Camilla Cox, were Patricia Morrow, Reginald Bryce Reed and James Reed. Maxine is reputed to have taught for 29 years in the Corning School District. Maxine died in McDougal, Clay County on May 3, 1980, at the age of 57. Bryce survived her by 19 years. He passed into eternity on July 12, 1999 at Pollard, Clay County. They are interred side by side in Piggott's Memorial Gardens Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]


~ Daughter Dovie May (Krick) Scheffler ~

Daughter Dovie May Krick (1903-1997) was born on Oct. 17, 1903 near Piggott in St. Francis Township, Clay County. As a 16-year-old, she lived with her parents and helped work on the home farm. 

Following her sister Lillie's act of marrying on a holiday, the 17-year-old Dovie was wedded to Edward Carl "Eddie" Scheffler (1894-1979) on Christmas Day 1921. He was a native of Chicago. 

During World War I, Edward served as a private in the U.S. Army.

They spent their married lives in Piggott, and their known children were Katherine Scheffler, Marvin Ray Scheffler, Alma Louise English (or "England"), Edward "Junior" Scheffler, Paul Curtis Scheffler, Everett Scheffler, Lucille Cates and Velma Hollis.

At the age of 85, Edward died in Piggott on May 19, 1979, ending their marital union of 57 years. He was lowered into eternal rest in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Piggott. 

Dovie continued on as a widow for 18 years. She passed in Piggott on Nov. 18, 1997. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Edward "Junior Scheffler (1926-1993) was born on July 6, 1926 in Piggott. He married Ella Jean ( ? - ? ). They made their home in Piggott. He died in Piggott on Jan. 17, 1993. Burial was in Piggott's Memorial Gardens Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Alma Louise Scheffler (1928-2015) was born on Nov. 21, 1928 in Piggott. She was united in wedlock with James Robert English ( ? - ? ). They produced two sons -- Bobby English and David English. The English family dwelled in Barnhart, Jefferson County, MO and were members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Alma died in Barnhart on April 5, 2015. 

Son Paul Curtis Scheffler (1931-2009) was born on Feb. 28, 1931 in Piggott. He was married to Eunia Faye Harris (1931-2008), daughter of Olin Ralph and Myrtle Marie (Anderson) Harris of Center Ridge, AR. Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of corporal. They resided in Missouri. Their three children were Debra Laidlaw, Kenneth Scheffler and Michael Scheffler. Eunia succumbed on March 17, 2008, in DeSoto, Jefferson County, MO, with burial in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Lemay, near St. Louis. Paul joined her in death 19 months later on Oct. 29, 2009. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Granddaughter Debra Scheffler married Brent Laidlaw and lived in DeSoto, MO.
  • Grandson Kenneth Scheffler dwelled in DeSoto.
  • Grandson Michael Scheffler wedded Sandy and made their home in DeSoto.

Son Everett Scheffler ( ? - ? ) married Carlene ( ? - ? ) and resided in Festus, MO.

Daughter Lucille Scheffler was wedded to Rex Cates ( ? - ? ). Their home was in Piggott.

Daughter Velma Scheffler married Clifford Hollis ( ? - ? ). They are believed to have lived in Abilene, TX.


~ Daughter Gladys L. (Crick) Scheffler ~

Daughter Gladys L. Krick (1907-1988) was born on Jan. 24, 1907 near Piggott in St. Francis Township. 

Two days before Christmas 1923, at the tender age of 16, she was united in wedlock with Will Fred Scheffler (1895-1973). At the time, the Chicago-born Will made his home in Hartzell, New Madrid County, MO.

Their children were Harold Scheffler, Fred Scheffler, Wanda Palmer, Ruby Hampton, Elsie Thompson and Katherine Scheffler. Heartache shook the family when Katherine died in infancy.

They are believed to have made their home for decades in the Piggott-Pollard area.

Will succumbed in Piggott on April 14, 1973, at the age of 78.

Gladys lived for another 15 years. At the age of 81, she died on Oct. 25, 1988. Her remains were placed into repose in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Piggott. [Find-a-Grave]


~ Daughter Monnie Octavia (Krick) Hatch ~

Daughter Monnie Octavia Krick (1909-1944) was born in about 1907 in St. Francis Township. As an 11-year-old, in 1920, she lived with her parents and helped provide labor on the home farm.

Monnie was joined in wedlock with Grandon Lee Hatch (1907-1966).

The Hatches lived in Omaha, NE although they may have returned to Piggott at one time. Any offspring they may have produced are unknown.

The Grim Reaper of Death took away Monnie on July 16, 1944 at the age of 35. Interment was in Piggott's Memorial Gardens Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Grandon lived as a widower for another 22 years. He passed on Jan. 26, 1966, in Piggott.


~ Daughter Edna "Earline" (Crick) Braden ~

Daughter Edna "Earline" Krick (1918- ? ) was born in about December 1918 in St. Francis Township. 

When she was 16 years old, on June 16, 1935, she married Elvis C. Braden (1914- ? ), sometimes spelled "Alvis." He resided at the time just across the county/state line in Senath, Dunklin County, MO.

Their three known children were Dorothy Lee Braden, Beverly Ann Braden and Jimmy Charles Braden.

When named in the 1938 obituary of Earline's father, the Bradens lived in Senath, MO. The federal census enumeration of 1940 shows that the family made their residence in Salem, Dunklin County, MO. There, Elvis earned a living providing farm labor.

Daughter Dorothy Lee Braden (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937 in Salem, MO.

Daughter Beverly Ann Braden (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 in Salem, MO.

Son Jimmy Charles Braden (1940- ? ) was born in about February 1940 in Salem, MO.


Elvis O. Pollard
Courtesy Chad Kendell

~ Stepson Elvis Owen Pollard ~

Stepson Elvis Owen Pollard (1896-1918) was born on May 12, 1896. He was three years of age when his mother married Minor Crick.

In 1910, the teenage Elvis resided with his mother, step-father and half-siblings on a farm near Piggott in St. Francis Township, Clay County. 

During World War I, Elvis served in the U.S. Armed Forces with the rank of private. He shipped overseas and was in service in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, with orders to travel to France.

Sadly, he died of disease in Liverpool just four days after the war's armistice, on Nov. 15, 1918, at the age of 22. 

His remains were returned to the United States. Interment was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Piggott, Clay County. [Find-a-Grave] Elvis' name was published in casualty lists appearing the Oregon Daily Journal (Portland), Wichita Daily Eagle and The Tennessean (Nashville), among others.

Elvis is named in the book Soldiers of the Great War In Three Volumes (Soldiers Record Publishing Association, 1920).


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With thanks to Camilla Cox who has contributed material for this biography.