Biography of Frank Crook
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Frank Crook, one of East Liverpool's successful business men and leading citizens, was born in Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, July 24, 1854, the son of Thomas and Jane (Batchelor) Crook.

The Crook family is of English extraction. Thomas Crook was born in Wiltshire, England, and there learned the art of the manufacturing of textile fabrics, and when at the age of 19 years he came to the United States, he was master of all the processes used in the manufacture of woolen goods. His first work was at Hanover, Ohio, but shortly after he bought a woolen mill at Elkton, which he operated for a number of years. Later he entered into partnership with his brother, John, and together they carried on a successful mercantile business at Elkton until within a few years of his death, when John Crook became sole proprietor. Mr. Crook died in 1897 at the age of 73 years and his wife died in 1863, at the age of 47 years. They were life long members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Crook the following children were born: Martha, Mary, Sarah, Edward W., Emma, Frank, the subject of this sketch, and Ida.

In 1884 Frank Crook located in East Liverpool and formed a partnership with Mr. McGraw in the retail furniture business, the firm being Crook & McGraw. They soon built up a large trade and in 1893 removed to 149 East Fifth Street. After a business association of 12 years, Mr. Crook purchased the interest of Mr. McGraw and in 1893 the business was incorporated under its present name, the Crook Furniture Company. The officers are: Frank Crook, president and treasurer; and James Oliver, secretary. This is the oldest and one of the most complete furniture establishments in Columbiana County. In 1905 the present building was erected.

Mr. Crook married Miss Jennie Fisher, the daughter of Benjamin D. Fisher of Calcutta, Ohio, and to them a daughter was born, Pauline, who married Bert Sebring, and they reside at Sebring, Ohio, where he is identified with the Sebring Pottery Company. Several years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Crook was married to Miss Dora Williams, of Columbiana County, and they have a daughter, Phyllis Crook, who lives in East Liverpool.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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