W. S. Crossley


WILBUR SAMUEL CROSSLEY, a leading business citizen of Mingo Junction, who is proprietor of two grocery stores, one located on Commercial Street and the other on Murdock Street, has been identified with the grocery line during almost all of his business life. He was born at Martin's Ferry, O., September 10, 1879, and is a son of William E. and Isabella (Garrett) Crossley.

William E. Crossley was born and reared at Martin's Ferry, where his father was an early contractor. William E. became a mill worker and at present operates the Bar mill at Mingo Junction. He married Isabella Garrett, who was also born at Martin's Ferry, and four of their children survive, Wilbur Samuel, Archibald, Ralph and Marie. THree children died in infancy.

Wilbur Samuel Crossley was quite small when the family came first to Mingo Junction. Shortly afterward removal was made to Brillian, O., and it was five years later when Mr. Crossley again became a resident of this thriving town. His education was secured at Mingo, Brilliant and Steubenville, in the High School of the latter place, and then he entered the employ of the late Hugh Robinson, a grocer at Steubenville. From there he came to Miss L. M. Frazer, at Mingo Junction. In 1900, in partnership with George Stiff, Mr. Crossley started a grocery in the city building, the firm name being Stiff & Crossley, and two years later, Mr. Crossley bought Mr. Stiff's interest, in the meanwhile having moved to his present location on Commercial Street. Finding his trade expanding too much to be covered by one store, in 1908 he opened his second store, locating it on Murdock Street. Close attention to business combined with his thorough knowledge of its details, the handling of first class goods only and upright dealing in every particular, has brought prosperity to Mr. Crossley and he is doing a large business. In April, 1905, Mr. Crossley was married to Miss Jennie Simmons, who was born in Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Crossley are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Republican.

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