Biography of Ira E. Crampton
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

IRA E. CRAMPTON, who is identified with a number of the business enterprises of Celina, and is particularly concerned in several large canning factories, was born at Lebanon, Ohio, some 53 years ago, but was mainly reared on a farm near Muncie, Indiana.

Mr. Crampton grew up in the neighborhood of Muncie and was educated there and for a number of years was connected with the business enterprises of that section. He early became an expert in the canning industry and built a canning factory there, manufacturing also his own cans. This plant he sold in 1898 and then, with his wife, he took a little relaxation, enjoying a summer of travel. Mr. Crampton in the meantime had selected Celina as an excellent field for business and came to this village and erected the immense canning factory, which he has successfully operated ever since. In addition to this factory he also operates one at Gaston, Indiana. A great business is done in the canning of peas, corn and tomatoes, the well known, satisfactory brand of the latter, which is known as "Ohio's Best," coming from the Crampton cannery. During the past season this cannery put up 25,000 cases of peas, 40,000 cases of tomatoes, nearly 2,000,000 cans altogether going out from the factory. This industry gives employment to a large number of helpers in the canning season, distributes a large amount of money through this section and is assisting in giving Celina a good reputation as being an important shipping center.

Mr. Crampton is one of the village's most enterprising business men. In addition to his interests already mentioned, he is a stockholder in the Celina Telephone Company, is interested in the Delaware County gas plant and in other successful concerns.

In 1876 Mr. Crampton was married to Lacie Beuoy, who was reared at Wheeling, Indiana, and they have three children, viz.: Lola, wife of Lloyd Sharp, a merchant at Auburn, Indiana; Ruth and Ethel. Mr. Crampton's only son, Carl B., was accidentally killed in 1905, at Celina, by the explosion of a gasoline tank in the cannery. He was a young man of more than usual educational attainments, a graduate of Lebanon College, and was a special chemist employed by the pulp company, of Muncie, Indiana.

Mr. Crampton is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and belongs to the official board. He is also secretary of the Celina Chautauqua Association. In fraternal life he belongs to the Knights of Pythias organization at Muncie, to the Endowment Rank, and also to the Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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