Emma (Putney) Crinklaw

Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(February 9, 1887 - January 7, 1957)

The Harrison Sun
January 17, 1957

Funeral Services Held for Mrs. Z. B. Crinklaw Friday

She was born Emma Putney, February 9, 1887 at Oakdale, Nebr. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Putney. She was reared and received her education there.

September 2, 1908 she married Z. Burton Crinklaw and they moved to a farm near Neligh, Nebr. where they lived until 1916 when the family moved to Wyoming. They homesteaded a ranch north of Lusk and lived there until 1931 when they moved into Lusk.

Mrs. Crinklaw was a woman of many interests and abilities, and the centered her efforts in the church. She was an excellent cook and thoroughly enjoyed the responsibilities of the Circles that included serving of meals, especially for the Lions Club. But she was just as likely to be involved in a Sunday School soap making project to help give aid to war sufferers of Europe, or in making doughnuts for some other cause. And in between such activity she would likely be preparing the opening service for a Sunday School department, which proved as inspiring to adults as informative for children.

She believed in active citizenry, took responsibility in the Democratic Party, and was a vigorous member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as being active in such other organizations as the Lusk Woman's Club, the Triple B Extension Club.

In the quiet beauty of the Congregational Church sanctuary, which Mrs. Z. B. Crinklaw loved so much, last rights were held for her Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with the Rev. Jacob Nein, pastor, conducting the services.

Another devotion of hers, the children and youth of the church, was given a part in the service it was a speaking choir of high school students which she has trained for a number of years for the annual Christmas Vesper Service. This group gave one of the prophecy passages from Isaiah with emphasis on "Comfort Ye". Adult members of the church choir sang the hymn, "Sun of My Soul."

Interment was made in the Lusk Cemetery. Casket-bearers were Lou Osborn, Kenneth Sturman, Grady Criss, James Shillenn, Menno Kaan, C. E. Marvin, Dale M. Bardo and Gerald Bardo.

Mrs. Crinklaw's entire family was here for the services: daughter, Mrs. Pete (Louise) Tarantola and husband of Cheyenne; son, J. Gordon Crinklaw, wife and son and daughter of Pampa, Tex.; son, Warren F. Crinklaw, and wife of San Jose, Calif.; daughter, Mrs. John (Ruth) Stenger, and son, Laramie; daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Ida Blanche) Condra, and son, Homedale, Ida.; and Mrs. Marjorie Osterle, Wilmington, Del. A sister, Mrs. C. O. Minteer, was here from Omaha.

Thon Book 7
The Lusk Herald
January 6, 1957
Mrs. Z. B. Crinklaw, Much Beloved Lusk Woman, Dies of Heart Attack, Monday

Mrs. Z. B. Crinklaw, 69, a quiet, beloved citizen of Lusk, died at her home Monday of a heart attack, about 11:00 p.m.. Had Mrs. Crinklaw lived another month she would have been 70. At the Herald's press time Wednesday funeral arrangements were not complete, but it had definitely been decided that they will be conducted from the Congregational Church at 2:00 p.m. Friday with Rev. Jacob Nein officiating.

While she was an active member of the community, her greatest interest rested with the church. She devoted much of her adult life to teaching in the Congregational Sunday School and for about the last five years served as Sunday School Superintendent. She was a past State president of the Congregational Women's Fellowship and about 20 years ago attended a national Congregational meeting as a Wyoming delegate. She served as president of the Congregational Circle several times and was currently the vice president in charge of programs. She will probably be remembered best for the excellent church and women's programs she arranged and conducted.

She was an extremely active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had served as past Regent of the Luke Vorhees Chapter of D.A.R. and had nearly always served as chairman of the Good Citizenship Committee. At the time of her death she was state Civil Defense chairman.

Ever since the Crinklaw family lived on a ranch north of Hat Creek Mrs. Crinklaw had been active in Extension clubs.

In attempting to gather facts about the life of Mrs. Crinklaw the Herald heard many praises such as "She was always interested and therefore very interesting," "she did so many, but little known good things," she was a source of material for any type of program for she kept a wonderful filing system, both physical and mental" and many of us will long remember her".

She is survived by her husband, four daughters, Mrs. Pete Tartontola, Cheyenne, Mrs. John Stenger, Laramie, Mrs. W. B. Oesterle, Wilmington, Del., Mrs. Jerry Condra, Homedale, Idaho; two sons, Gordon, Pampa, Texas and Warren, San Jose, Calif.

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