James Love Crawford

James Love Crawford, undertaker and embalmer, junior member of the firm of Durkan & Crawford, is one of the leading business men in his line in Duluth, having commenced the undertaking and embalming business in the year 1889. He came to West Duluth on May 20, 1889, and at once opened a drug store, which he conducted for some time previous to forming the partnership with Mr. M. J. Durkan.

Mr. Crawford was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, on June 23, 1863, and educated in the public schools of that place. In 1881 he emigrated to Cloquet, Minn., where for some eight years he was engaged in the general merchandise business, at which he was very successful and obtained some valuable experience in business life. Equipped as he is with superior native endowments of mind and heart, and thoroughly skilled by experience and study for the work in which he is engaged, the future opens before him hopefully and full of rich promise.

In 1884 Mr. Crawford was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Ward, daughter of Henry C. Ward, of Ripon, Wis. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford have one child, William Ward.

Mr. Crawford has never aspired to political fame, but is always ready to sanction any movement on foot tending toward the betterment of his community and the county at large. He is rated as one of our best citizens and a man well worthy of prominent mention in the history of St. Louis county. He is fond of social entertainment and is a member and trustee of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and of the Masonic fraternity.



  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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