Raymond Austin Cronkhite

Brief Life History of Raymond Austin

When Raymond Austin Cronkhite was born on 12 May 1909, in Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, United States, his father, Abram Cronkhite, was 33 and his mother, Eunice Bell Fornerod, was 32. He married Estel Minerva Buser on 10 June 1943, in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, United States. He lived in Steuben Township, Warren, Indiana, United States in 1930. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 29 March 1985, at the age of 75, and was buried in Danville National Cemetery, Danville Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States.

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Raymond Austin Cronkhite
Estel Minerva Buser
Marriage: 10 June 1943

Sources (8)

  • Raymond Cronkhite, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Raymond Austin Cronkhite, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"
  • Raymond A Cronkhite, "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"

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1910 · The BSA is Made

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

1919 · The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

During the Chicago race riot, which was raised by racial conflicts throughout Chicago, thirty-eight people died (23 black and 15 white) and over five hundred were injured. It is considered the worst of the approximately 25 riots during the Red Summer and was the worst race riot in Illinois.


13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of Dutch Krankheyt: from an abstract noun meaning ‘weakness’, hence probably a nickname for a sickly individual. The surname Krankheyt is no longer found in the Netherlands. Compare Conkright , Conkwright , Cronkite , and Cronkright .

History: The ancestor of the American Cronkhite, Cronkite, and several other families was Herck Syboutsen Krankheyt from the Netherlands, who settled in the middle of the 17th century in what is now New York, then the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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