MAYOR DIES AFTER A LONG ILLNESS
C. Cron, 89, Passes Away After Lingering Illness and Confinement
CITY FOR YEARS
Politician, Manufacturer, Business Man and Veteran of the War.
C. Cron, 89, pioneer resident of Piqua, former mayor, business man,
manufacturer, and for nearly a half century prominent in public life, passed
away at his beautiful home “Arrowstan” on West Park avenue near 6 o’clock
last evening after an illness of four years. The death of Mr. Cron marks the
passing of one of the city’s most prominent and successful men, both in
business and public life and although his condition has been such for some time
as to expect the end from day to day his passing comes as a great shock to
members of the family and the entire city. Lucius C. Cron was born Sept. 16,
1836 in a log cabin, which stood on what is now Water street, and was then one
of the few houses in the village of Piqua. He
was the second child in a family of six born to Nicholas and Nancy Cron, pioneer
settlers in Piqua. His elementary
schooling, which was the extent of education in those days was acquired under
the tutelage of the late M. H. Jones, scholar and teacher, and father of Judge
Walter D. Jones. Mr. Cron was the
last surviving pupil of Professor Jones, who died some years ago, at an advanced
age. Following his school days
Lucius Cron served as an apprentice in masonry, later giving up mason work in
preference to cabinet making. He
learned the trade of cabinet making in a little shop which stood at the corner
of what is now Market Square where Lucky’s Delicatessen store is located. He
served in the Civil War as Chief Musician with Co. A, 110th O. V. I. taking part
in many famous engagements during the three and a half years he was in service,
such as Appomattox, C. H., Spottsylvania, C. H., and others.
Mr. Cron was one of the three remaining survivors of his company. After
attaining considerable success in business he founded and for years conducted
the L. C. & W. L. Furniture Manufacturing Co., of this city, which is still
one of the leading industries. He
served as president and general manager for over a score of years. He served as
Mayor of Huntersville, now Shawnee, but then a separate municipality form Piqua,
for a number of years and held office as councilman, clerk and practically every
office of the village at one time or other. Always
a strong Democrat, he for years headed the Piqua Democratic party and was
elected to the office of Mayor on that ticket serving from 1902 to 1905.
As Democratic candidate from the district to the state legislature he was
defeated by the narrow margin of nine votes making the strongest run for the
office of any member of the party of that period.
Among other prominent events in the life of this pioneer leader, was when
he was selected as delegate to attend the funeral of President U. S. Grant at
New York, and named State and National commissioner to the board of directors of
the World’s Fair at Chicago, being the only member to have the distinction of
being named both state and national commissioner. After his term as Mayor of
Piqua he served as Justice of the Peace, maintaining an office for six years
until his retirement from active life over ten years ago.
Following retirement and until incapacitate by illness he spent much of
his time following a hobby of a lifetime -- fishing in the pond near his home.
Those left to mourn his passing are; his widow, Mrs. Marcella Cron, three sons
and one daughter including J. C. Cron of Piqua, C. S. of Columbus, Clarence of
Dayton and Mrs. Robert J. Kunkle of Piqua. Nine
grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
ATTEND THE RITES OF FORMER MAYOR OF PIQUA
ceremonies, impressive in their simplicity, marked the last rites held over the
remains of Lucius C. Cron, ex-mayor of Piqua, and prominent pioneer business man
and manufacturer, held yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock at his home Arrowstan
and attended by relatives, friends and associates of every walk of life. Dr. E.
H. Montgomery, in charge of the funeral services delivered a brief eulogistic
sermon after which the body was taken to Forest Hill cemetery and laid to rest
in the family lot with a short service at the grave. As a mark of esteem for the
former head of the city government, city offices were closed during the funeral
services, from the hours of 3 to 4 o’clock and city officials for the most
part attended the services. Beautiful floral offerings from Mr. Cron’s many
friends and relatives banked the casket and partially filled the room where the
body lay in state during the services. Relatives,
friends and business associates completely filled the massive home at the
March 24, 1926
FUNERAL IS SET FOR THURSDAY
Funeral services for Lucius C. Cron, pioneer merchant and manufacturer and former mayor of Piqua, who died Monday evening at his West Park avenue estate, “Arrowstan” following a long illness – will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Interment will be made at Forest Hill cemetery. Members of the Piqua Lodge of Elks, of which Mr. Cron was a lifetime member will conduct special services at the home tonight at 8 o’clock.
Provided by Roger A. Hopkins
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