April 9, 1842, Illinois.

May 16, 1909, Iowa.

Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Iowa.


Crofts, served in Company B, 143rd Illinois Infantry, during the American civil war. At one time he was pastor of the Congregational Church in Beatrice, Nebraska. His wife was Nellie Potter Crofts. His works include:

  1. Bible, How Dear Are Its Pages, The
  2. Dear Savior, Thou Didst Say
  3. Don’t Keep Jesus Waiting
  4. Go Spread the Light and Let It Shine
  5. Go, Work Today, the Lord Commands
  6. Heav’n Is Gath’ring Up Our Jewels
  7. Holy Spirit, While We Bend
  8. How Blest the Thought That Jesus Knows
  9. How Jesus Loved the Little Ones
  10. How Oft I Look with Longing Eyes
  11. I Shall Be Satisfied
  12. I’m Thinking of the Good Old Days
  13. Let Me Be Something
  14. Marching Onward, Onward to the Light
  15. Morning Is Dawning, Behold, The
  16. Move Forward!
  17. Nearer to Jesus, Nearer to Jesus
  18. No Hour So Dear in All the Day
  19. O Army of the Living God
  20. O Come unto Me, Said the Savior
  21. Oh, to Be Something, Dear Savior, I Pray
  22. Only a Little Longer of the Battle
  23. Our Loving Hearts, O Savior, Dear
  24. Precious Savior’s by My Side, The
  25. See the Banners of All Nations
  26. Shouting of the Reapers, The
  27. There Is a Book of Life Above
  28. This World Is Full of Care
  29. We Are Waiting for the Savior
  30. We Will Lift on High Our Banner
  31. What a Wonderful Savior Is Jesus
  32. What Is the Cross?
  33. Whatsoever We May Ask
  34. When I Shall Awake in That Fair Morn of Morns
  35. Whereas I Once Was Blind