Viewing John Stearns Crooks (1876-1933).
John Stearns Crooks was raised and educated in St. Paul. He worked for his father who founded the Minnesota Shoe Company in the early 1880s, but he longed for the law. He enrolled in the University of Minnesota College of Law and graduated in 1898. He developed a large commercial practice, eventually specializing in probate law. Outside the office, he enjoyed gardening, and this gradually drew him from the law. He purchased 40 acres near Farmington where he grew iris, his favorite flower, and many others. And that was where he died on January 2, 1933.