From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901
This gentleman was born in Henry county, Indiana, June 21, 1841, and grew to manhood in the vicinity of Hagerstown. He received a limited education in the district schools and was put to work when young, learning those habits of industry and steady application which have since enabled him to push his business to a successful termination and placed him among the prosperous men of Huntington county, Indiana. He remained at home assisting his parents until he had attained his twenty-fourth year, when he started out to do battle for the wealth he felt sure was to be the reward of patient industry and honest endeavor. He chose as the companion of his life Miss Mary E. Barnhart, and the year following his marriage rented the home farm. In the fall of 1866 he came to Huntington county, renting a farm in Polk township for five years, after which he purchased two tracts of land, one containing sixty acres, which was partially improved, and a second consisting of eighty acres of woodland. Eighteen months later he purchased the homestead where he now resides, and which he has improved and brought to its present state of perfection. He has cut the timber from some twenty-five acres, tilled it, and with another forty that he purchased more recently, has one hundred acres in cultivation. He has one hundred and twenty acres in the home farm and carries on a general farming business, raising nearly all kinds of cereals and considerable stock.
Mr. Crull has come to be known as one of the most prosperous and substantial residents of the county, and is a self-made man in the truest acceptance of that term, having carved his own way, unaided, from a lowly beginning. He affords the young men of the country an example well worthy their consideration and emulation. He is everywhere honored and respected, and his opinions on subjects of agriculture are regarded as conclusive. He is a Republican in politics, but his busy life has left him little leisure for other than his regular work, and he takes no active part in elections. He is the father of three children, of whom the eldest, Charles, is dead. Dora, the daughter, is the wife of James Hurdle; the son, Edward B., resides at home and assists his father in managing the farm. He chose as his wife Miss Daisy Hawk. He is a most exemplary young man, whose shrewdness and industry promises to place him among the front rank of progressive farmers not many years to come.