CHARLES EDWARD PRIOR, JEWETT CITY: Secretary and Treasurer Jewett City Savings Bank.
Mr. Prior was born at Moosup, Conn., Jan. 24, 1856. When he was four years old his parents moved to Jewett City,
where he has since resided. He received his education in the common schools of the town of Griswold. At the age
of seventeen be secured a situation in the office of the N. & W. R. R. Co., in Norwich, where he remained one
year. In 1875 he entered the employ of the Ashland Cotton Company, and soon became bookkeeper and paymaster for
that flourishing corporation. In 1883 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the Jewett City Savings Bank. Two
years later he became a member of the corporation, and after four years of service he was elected a director. The
bank under his care has become a widely known institution, and its greatly increased usefulness His owing in no
small degree to his acknowledged ability in the management of its affairs. During his administration a large premium
account has been nearly annihilated, and the surplus account has been quadrupled.
Mr. Prior has taken a lively interest in musical matters for many years. He became organist of the Congregational
church in Jewett City when but fourteen years of age, and resigned eight years later to serve the Baptist church
in the same capacity. In 1883 he brought out his first volume of Sunday school songs, entitled "Spicy Breezes,"
and in 1890 his second book, "Sparkling and Bright," was given to the public. His compositions are now
in great demand, as their appearance in nearly all of our Sunday school and Gospel praise books testifies. Mr.
Prior is an honorary member of the Worcester County Musical Association of Worcester, Mass., and takes an active
interest in its affairs. He is a member of the Jewett City Baptist church, which body he serves as choir leader
and organist, and has been president of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor since its organization.
He is past master of Mount Vernon Lodge, No. 75, A. F. and A. M., and has advanced in masonry to the degree of
Knight Templar, being a member of Columbian Commander, No. 4, K. T., of Norwich, Conn. Mr. Prior married Miss Mary
E. Campbell, and has one son, Charles Edwin Prior.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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