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Craig, William Thomas

William Thomas Craig is one of the leading merchants of Sharpsville, the proprietor of the W. T. Craig's Department Store. He came to this city on the nth of February, 1890, and has since been prominently identified with its business life and interests. He began his business career as a railroad clerk at East Orwell Station in Ohio, but after one year there came to Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, and clerked in the Pennsylvania Station one year, then became agent for the Sharpsville Railroad one and one- half years, then accountant for the Mabel Furnace Company, and was with them until May 2, 1892, when he engaged in the mercantile business. He was one of the organizers and is the vice president of the Sharpsville National Bank, has served three terms as the auditor of the borough, and since 1906 has been its burgess. His politics are Republican.

Mr. Craig is a native son of Ohio, born in North Bloomfield, Trumbull county, September 17, 1867, his parents being William and Mary Ann (McLain) Craig, both from Ireland and of Scotch and Irish parentage. Coming to the United States, they were married in Greene township, Trumbull county, Ohio, and their union was blessed by the birth of two children. The elder, Robert, is now living in North Bloomfield with his mother, his father having died in 1876, when forty-seven years of age. The latter followed farming as a life occupation and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His widow married James Cottle, formerly a prominent stock dealer in Trumbull county, Ohio, but now deceased.

William Thomas, the younger son of William and Mary Ann Craig, received his educational training in the schools of North Bloomfield and in the Jefferson Institute, of Jefferson, Ohio. On the 2Oth of December, 1890, he was married to Katie B. Reed. She was born in Jefferson, Ohio, in 1871, a daughter of Charles and Hattie (Hunt) Reed, both also from that state and both are yet living. They became the parents of two children, Katie and Walter. Two children have also been born to Mr. and Mrs. Craig, Mary Louise and Nina Grace, the elder a graduate of the Sharpsville high school with the class of 1908, and the younger a student in the same school. Mr. Craig has membership relations with Sharpsville Lodge No. 517, F. & A. M.


 

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