Thomas and May Crawford House
602 East Market Street
New Albany, IN 47150

Listing Description:
This home replaced a c.1860s structure that was home to Charles L. Hoover and his son, Charles V. The younger Hoover, who was romantically involved with Mrs. Myra Strunk, was gunned down and murdered by her distraught husband, Professor Ira G. Strunk. The elder Hoover was also wounded in the attack that took place outside the Windsor Hotel in July 1886. In a trial that drew national attention, Professor Strunk was acquitted of all charges after the jury deliberated for only fifteen minutes. (For more on this seamy piece of New Albany history, visit http://ourhistorynewalbany.blogspot.com/2005/11/desperate-housewives-1886-style.html.) 
The Crawford family purchased the property in April 1905 and remained in the original house until they had this new home built around 1917, in the American foursquare style popular at the time. Thomas Crawford was described as one of New Albany’s best and finest citizens. He was director of two New Albany banks and served two terms as a member of the New Albany School Board. Mr. Crawford was Chairman of the New Albany Centennial Committee in 1913 and was also a member of the state Centennial Committee of 1916.
Thomas passed away at the age of sixty in February 1929 and his wife May sold the property in September of that same year. The house saw several owners and numerous tenants until Earl and Juanita Pate purchased the home in April 1947.
The Pates - along with Mrs. Pate’s mother, Bertha Timberlake - remained in the house through 1977, when Mrs. Timberlake passed in March of that year. Mr. Pate was retired from the Stratton & Terstegge Co. in Louisville as a shipping clerk.

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Additional Information:
Building Style: American Foursquare
Year Built: c.1917

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