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Edwin Reid Crippen


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Edwin Reid Crippen
  • Born: 25 Nov 1858, MI
  • Marriage (1): Mary Louise Evans on 20 Oct 1881 in Dover, Morris, NJ
  • Died: 3 Sep 1921, East Orange NJ

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  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Dover, Morris, NJ, listed as a clerk.
  • He appeared on the 1900 census taken at East Orange NJ, listed as a watch case manufacturer.
  • Obituary printed in the The Jewelers' Circular on 7 Sep 1921
    EAST ORANGE, N.J., Sept. 5. - Edwin R. Crippen, manager of the missionary, material and repair departments of the Keystone Watch Case Co. 15, Maiden Lane, New York, and one of the founders and ex-presidents of the Jewelers' 24 Karat Club of New York, died last Saturday evening at 6 o'clock, at his home, 132, N. Grove St., this city. Death is attributed to heart trouble from which Mr. Crippen had been suffering for the past two months. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, after which burial will take place.

    Edwin R. Crippen was born in Coldwater, Mich., Nov. 5, 1858, where he went through the public school and then finished his education at the Wilcox Military Academy, Stamford, Conn. In the Fall of 1878 Mr. Crippen came east and settled in New Jersey where he entered the iron mining business in Dover and vicinity. He stayed there until 1886 when he went to New York where he became affiliated with the Brooklyn Watch Case Co. whose office was at that time located at 40 Maiden Lane. He handled the jobbing trade in New York for this concern, and also assisted in the management of the factory, which was then in Brooklyn. It was while acting in the latter capacity that he gained a thorough knowledge of the watch case business.

    After remaining with the Brooklyn Watch Case Co., for six years he accepted the position as manager of the Bates & Bacon Co. in August 1892. His executive ability, combined with a thorough knowledge of the business and his untiring efforts brought this concern to the front and made it one of the leading concerns in the watch case industry in this country. When the Bates & Bacon business was sold Jan. 1. 1901 to the Philadelphia Watch Case Co. Mr. Crippen was made manager of the New York office of the latter concern and was also placed in charge of the trade in the eastern States with an office at 9 Maiden Lane.

    Upon the consolidation of the Philadelphia Watch Case Co., with the Keystone Watch Case Co. Mr. Crippen still maintained the management of the New York office which was then located at 23 Maiden Lane. In January, 1912, when the New York sales offices of the Keystone Watch Case Co. were moved to 15 Maiden Lane, Mr. Crippen assumed management of the missionary, material and repair departments of this concern, which position he held until the time of his death.

    For 30 years Mr. Crippen had been a resident of this city and occupied a number of important positions in the local Government. He was at one time a member of the City Council and until two years ago was also affiliated with the Sinking Fund Commission of East Orange. He had the pleasure,—and he always looked upon it as a pleasure and privilege—to serve on the latter commission for over 25 years and it was with regret that he finally retired, about two years ago.

Edwin married Mary Louise Evans, daughter of Theodore Evans and Mary Elizabeth Day, on 20 Oct 1881 in Dover, Morris, NJ. (Mary Louise Evans was born on 7 Jan 1860 in Newark NJ.)

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