|C.H. Cronk was agent and operator of the C. and N.-W. R.R., Oregon; born in Rensselaer Co., N.Y. in 1831; his father’s people were early settlers on the Holland Purchase, and his mother was of Dutchess Co., N.Y.; they came West in 1847, and still reside at Brodhead; the son our subject, was educated in the Ball Seminary, Hoosac Falls, N.Y.; began teaching district school, and finally taught a number of terms in the old seminary, where he last studied; the illness of a sister called him West in 1848; he settled in Wisconsin, and taught school in Porter, Rock Co., and in Footville, where he married Miss. A.E. Richards, a native of Connecticut. Was station agent at Footville, two years, and, in 1864, succeeded Hy Edgerton at Oregon.
Mr. C. became a Mason at Footville, and was founder of the Oregon lodge, doing all preliminary work, and interesting others; was the first Master, and held the position eight years. Mr. Cronk is a Republican, and a live business man, owning one of the finest homes in the village; has four children-Waldo B., born in Footville, Fannie E., Anna N. and Claude H., all born in Oregon.
Reference: Western Historical Co. (1880). History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1236