It is forty years since Peter Crowe first established in Utica the florist shop shop in which he still continues
to be interested. He was born in Ireland on the 9th of July, 1841, and at the age of twelve years went to Scotland
where he became thoroughly familiar with floriculture, spending twelve years on the estate of Lord Kenrode, at
Dundee. At the age of twenty four he decided to try his fortune on this side of the Atlantic and took passage for
the United States. Upon his arrival here he worked for a time in a truck garden in Newark, New Jersey, but in 1865
obtained a position with a florist in Orange. In 1871 he came to Utica and established the business in which he
is still engaged. He is now the oldest florist in the city and has a large tract on Genesee street, which contains,
besides a beautiful home, twenty four greenhouses, some of which he now leases to other parties. He has always
made a specialty of rose culture and has for many years been recognized as the leading rose grower of this continent.
For four consecutive years, from 1900 to 1904, he was awarded the majority of first prizes for roses at the annual
exhibitions of the American Rose Society, held at New York, Boston and Philadelphia.
Mr. Crowe was married in 1869 to Miss Jane Hulmes, a daughter of John J. and Frances (Chamberlain) Hulmes of Orange,
New Jersey. In the maternal line Mrs. Crowe is descended from the Puritans, the first Chamberlain being supposed
to have come over in the Mayflower. The family has long resided in this country, however, and several of them participated
in the Revolutionary war. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Crowe was born one son, William James, who passed away in 1902, leaving
two daughters: Mildred Jane and Anna Louise.
Fraternally Mr. Crowe is identified with but one organization and that is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
with which he affiliated while residing in Orange where he has always continued his membership. He has always been
very much interested in orphan asylums and contributes toward their support regardless of the denomination. Ever
since his naturalization Mr. Crowe has given his political support to those candidates whom he considered best
adapted to discharge the responsibilities of the offices to which they aspired, regardless of party affiliation.
During the long period of his residence in the United States Mr. Crowe has never had occasion to regret the transference
of his allegiance from his native land, as his efforts having been rewarded with substantial returns.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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