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Charles Frederick Crehore
 Charles Frederick Crehore, 1828-1893.

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


CHARLES FREDERICK CREHORE, M.D., rendered brave service as military surgeon during the Civil War, and was afterward actively identified with the business interests of Middlesex County as one of the leading paper manufacturers of Newton Lower Falls. He was born June 18, 1828, at Newton Lower Falls, Mass., and died there November 8, 1893. He was a son of Lemuel Crehore, the founder of the paper business to which he succeeded, and a representative of an old and respected family of Milton, Mass., being a lineal descendant of Teague Crehore, who appeared in Dorchester between 1640 and 1650.

Teague Crehore was probably of Irish origin. He improved a farm in Milton, living there until his death, June 3, 1695, "at the age," an old parish record says, "of fifty-five years." He married in 1665 Mary Spurr, who was presumably a daughter of Robert Spurr. Their son Timothy, a lifelong resident of Milton, was born October 18, 1666. On February 10, 1688, he married Ruth Riol or Royal, who died June 27, 1750. Timothy Crehore was born in Milton, December 26, 1689, and died December 26, 1755, having been engaged in farming during his active life. He was a man of influence in the community, and served as a Deacon in the parish church. On December 24, 1712, he married Mary Triscoll, of Dorchester. The line was continued through their son Jedediah, born October 19, 1727, who succeeded to a portion of the ancestral farm, and engaged in its cultivation. He died in 1781. His wife, Chloe Shepherd, daughter of General John Shepard, of Stoughton, Mass., survived him, passing away August 25, 1814, aged eighty-one years. John Shepherd Crehore, their third son, who was born in Milton, Mass., died in Dedham, January 7, 1833, aged sixty-six years. He was married in Dorchester, September 9, 1790, to Hannah Lyon, daughter of Elnathan Lyon. She was born April 5, 1765, in Stoughton, and died May 7, 1851, in Dedham, Mass.

Lemuel Crehore, son of John S. and Hannah (Lyon) Crehore, was born in Dorchester, March 2, 1791. He died in Boston, August 18, 1868. After obtaining a practical common-school education he began work as clerk in the general store of Mr. Robbins in Roxbury. A few years later he accompanied Mr. E.V. Summer, of Milton (late Major-general of the United States army), to Cincinnati, Ohio, making the journey on horseback. In 1825 he returned to New England, and soon after settled at Newton, Mass., forming a partnership with William Hurd, a paper manufacturer, who had a large mill at Newton Lower Falls, under the firm name of Hurd & Crehore. In 1834 this firm dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Crehore purchasing a part of the plant from Mr. Hurd, and continuing the business, having first admitted as a copartner Benjamin Neal, the firm name becoming Crehore & Neal. In 1845 this firm ceased by limitation, and the manufacturing business has since that time been conducted by Mr. Crehore and his descendants. In 1846 Mr. Crehore became sole owner of the entire property, which was consolidated into a single plant. From 1845 until 1854 he managed the entire business himself; but in the latter-named year he took into the firm his youngest son, George C. Crehore, who remained as junior partner until 1867. His place was then assumed by his elder brother, Charles F. Crehore, the subject of this sketch, who continued the manufacture of paper alone for several years after the death of his father, the senior member of the firm, in 1868. On August 21,1827, Lemuel Crehore married Mrs. Mary Ann Clark Dodge, who was born March 12, 1795, in Staffordshire, England, a daughter of Thomas and Lydia (Farmer) Clark. He survived her husband, dying January 1, 1875, at the homestead in Newton, where the greater part of her married life had been spent, although she and her husband resided in Boston for a few years before his death. They had two children, namely: Charles Frederick, the subject of this sketch; and George Clarendon. The latter, who was born August 24, 1832, married in November 1855, Lucy Catherine, daughter of Otis and Mary Ann (Grout) Daniell, of Boston. He was engaged in business with his father until 1867, when he removed to Boston, where his death occurred December 23, 1870, and where his widow and five children still reside.

Charles Frederick Crehore pursued his early studies at the Milton Academy, and in 1848 was graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. As a civil engineer, in 1854 he assisted in building roads for the government in Minnesota, and while thus employed laid out the town of Faribault, of which he was one of the proprietors, owning an eighth interest. Subsequently entering the Harvard Medical School, he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1859, and at once began the practice of his profession in Boston, continuing until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he joined the army as a surgeon. In 1867 Dr. Crehore retired from the medical profession, and, removing to Newton, became a member of the firm of Crehore & Son, paper manufacturers. Succeeding to the business when his father died, he continued to carry it on till his own death, in 1893, having admitted his son Frederick to partnership in 1882.

He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and of the Loyal Legion. Dr. Charles F. Crehore married September 25, 1857, Mary Wyer, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth F. (Tracy) Loring, of Boston. They became the parents of two children; namely, Frederick Morton and Elizabeth Tracy. The Doctor was not very active in political life, the demands of his business requiring much of his time; but from 1885 until 1889 he served as a member of the Newton Water Board. He was always interested in scientific subjects, being a close student of certain branches, and was the second man to attempt microscopic photography.

Frederick Morton Crehore, the Doctor's only son, was born July 16, 1858. He received his early instruction from private tutors and in the Allen Classical School at West Newton. After his graduation from Harvard College in 1881, he spent a year travelling in Great Britain and on the Continent, and in June, 1882, began learning the business of paper manufacturing at his father's mills in Newton Lower Falls. In June, 1883, he was made a member of the firm of Crehore & Son, and since the death of Dr. Crehore has managed the entire business alone, being now the conductor of one of the oldest pressed-board factories in the country. He is interested and active in municipal affairs, having served as Councilman and Alderman, also as a member of the Newton Water Board, and is at the present time one of the members of the Board of Education. Fraternally, he belongs to the Loyal Legion and the University and Exchange Clubs.

On June 1, 1897, Mr. Crehore married Frances Isabel Carter, a daughter of H.A.P. and Sybil Augusta (Judd) Carter. The have one child, Sybil, born April 6, 1900.

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