November 29, 1865, Mount Sterling, Ohio.

February 13, 1924, Weld County, Colorado.

Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Colorado.


Crabbe graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio (AB 1889, Phi Beta Kappa), and Ohio University (master’s degree 1897). He received honorary degrees from Berea College (1889), Miami University (1900), and Kentucky University (1911). He served as superintendent of public schools in Ashland, Kentucky (1890–1907); Republican State Superintendent of Public Instruction for Kentucky (1907–10); president of the Eastern State Normal School, Richmond, Kentucky (1910–16); and president of the Colorado Normal College, Greeley, Colorado (1916); chairman of Kentucky’s educational Committee of Ten; chairman of the Kentucky Educational Commission; and was a member of the Educational Council of the National Education Association.

Crabbe wrote many educational monographs and articles, and a number of songs, including If I Forget Thee and Kentucky Schools. He married Jennie F. Graff at Delaware, Ohio, in 1880.

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