Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Oakland County, Michigan. Chicago, IL: Biographical Publishing Co., 1903, p.20.
E. C. Crout, proprietor of the Fairview Stock Farm, located one and one-half miles south of Rochester, Michigan, is one of the most enterprising agriculturists of Oakland county. He was born in 1862 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of T. H. and Mary (Bartholomew) Crout, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania. A sketch of our subject's father appears on another page of this work.
Our subject, who accompanied his parents to Oakland County in 1869 at the age of seven years, obtained an excellent common school education and then traveled for a time as the representative of a business house. In 1891 he went to Indianapolis, Indiana, and there engaged in real estate dealing, in which he is still interested. He has owned his present fine farm of 65 acres since 1902 and it has become under his management one of the notable spots in Oakland County. He has established here a farm for the sale of stock at all times of the year and is a breeder and shipper of Hereford cattle, large Berkshire hogs, and Barred Plymouth Rock chickens. He keeps on hand a large number of driving and work horses, more than 150 head of registered Berkshire hogs, and a number of registered, pure blood Hereford cattle, among them being an eight-month old bull which he values at $500, and a two year old bull valued at $1,000. Mr. Crout has spared no expense in fitting up this farm, having expended some $7,000 in buildings alone, all of these being of the most modern, sanitary kind, fitted with heating and private gas apparatus, telephone and steam fittings, and all so attractive, substantial and convenient as to place the Fairview Stock Farm far beyond anything else of its kind in this section of the State. His transportation facilities are also of the best, the Detroit & Rochester Electric Railroad running on the west side of his farm, where he has erected a private depot. His business is conducted with a vigor and push that bring the most satisfactory results and prove of much ben-efit to his neighborhood.
On April 29, 1902, Mr. Crout married Georgia Connolly, who is a native of Miami, Florida, and they have a little daughter, Ruth Catherine, born April 14, 1903.
In politics Mr. Crout is identified with the Republican party, but his busy life leaves him no time to accept public office. He is a liberal contributor to campaign purposes, as he also is to various public spirited movements in the township and county.