James S. Crouch was born at Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1881. He was educated there and in Ohio, where he was also employed. In 1901, he moved to California, where he was a cement contractor.
Clara Smith was born at Wilton Junction, Iowa in 1886. She was married to Clarence Kipp, and they farmed at Alvord, Iowa. In 1909, Clarence was killed by a train in an accident with a team of horses. Clara and her two sons, Harvey and Merle, lived in South Dakota, and then moved to Los Angeles, California.
In 1913, James and Clara were married and, in 1918, the family came to farm east of Ypsilanti, Stutsman County, North Dakota, on land that was owned by Carl Erickson in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published.
In 1934, James (Jim) was foreman of the PWA, who built the Ypsilanti Dam and Park. Jim was a skilled mason. He also served as Ypsilanti Township Clerk for thirty-five years.
Clara passed away in 1959, after which Jim lived with Harvey and Florence Kipp until his death in 1966.