Biography of Charles A. Craig
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CHARLES A. CRAIG. A business man of long standing at Sandusky, Charles A. Craig is now filling the office of county treasurer. He is well fitted for public responsibilities by his varied and successful experience in business affairs, and has the additional incentive to creditable performance in places of public trust because of the fact that his father gave up his life while battling as a soldier on the Union side during the Civil war.

Charles A. Craig, who represents an old American family of Scotch antecedents, was born in the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Hips father was Capt Alfred T. Craig, a native of Philadelphia, while the grandfather was William Craig, a native of New Jersey. William Craig, to trace the ancestry still further back, was a son of Elias, Jr., and a grandson of Elias Craig, Sr. The Craig's, on coming from Scotland, settled in New Jersey when that commonwealth was a colony. William Craig was a machinist by trade, and when a young man he moved to Philadelphia and lived in that city and worked at his vocation the rest of his life. He married Sarah Hutchinson, who was born in the State of Delaware and spent her last days in Philadelphia. Capt. Alfred T. was reared and educated in his native city, and took up the same trade followed by his father. In 1854 he came West and settled in Dayton, Ohio, was employed there until 1858, and then established his home in Sandusky. He was a capable workman and was quietly prosperous and influential until the outbreak of the war. He responded to the first call for troops, in a three month regiment, and became a private in Company E of the Eighth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. At the end of three months this regiment re-enlisted for a longer period, and Captain Craig about that time received his commission as second lieutenant and subsequently was promoted to first lieutenant, then captain of Company F of the Eighth Ohio. He led his company gallantly and faithfully in its many battles and endured the hardships and shared with his companions the rigors of army life. He fought in many minor engagements, but the historic battles in which he participated were those at Fredericksburg, Antietam, Gettysburg, Winchester and the Wilderness. He was wounded at the battle of Winchester, was twice wounded at Antietam and on May 6, 1864, lost his life in the terrific struggle of the Wilderness. His body was never recovered, and his companions reported that it must have been consumed by the flames.

Captain Craig married Eliza McCrea, who was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, of Scotch ancestry, having come to America with an older sister. She died in 1899 in her seventieth year. The four children reared by her were Fannie E., Charles A., Mary T., and Carrie W. The daughter Fannie married John B. Woolson, while Mary is the wife of Henry Hahn.

Charles A. Craig has lived in Sandusky since early childhood, and gained his early education in the public schools of that city. When his father went away to the war the family was left in very moderate circumstances, and with the death of Captain Craig increased burdens of responsibility were thrown upon the shoulders of the young lad, then about thirteen years of age. Instead of attending school he began earning his living by work as a delivery boy in a grocery store His next employment was in the Woolworth handle factory, where he remained several years; was then for about three years clerk in the B. & O. express office, and for four years with E. R. Alvord & Company. In whatever capacity he has worked his service has been characterized by diligence and faithfulness. For twelve years he was bookkeeper with E. B. Hodgman Manufacturing Company, and after that for three years was with the Jarecki Chemical Company three years. He resigned his place with that firm to become manager and treasurer of Kilborn & Company, and is still officially identified with that well known Sandusky concern.

In politics Mr. Craig cast his first presidential vote for James A. Garfield in 1880, and has been regularly identified with the grand old party for fully thirty five years. For several years he served as chairman of the Republican County Central Committee. In 1899 he was republican candidate for the office of county auditor, and in 1914 was elected to his present office as treasurer of Erie County. Mr. Craig is affiliated with Garfield Lodge of the Knights of Pythias and is a member of the Sunyendaend Club.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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