Biography of the Crise Brothers
North Central Ohio Biographies

Mt. Vernon Radio Company is numbered among the pioneer radio stores of Central Ohio, having been established in 1922. It is owned and operated by W. Paul and George W. Crise.

The parents of the Crise brothers are George W., deceased, and Maud (Soule) Crise. George W. Crise was born in Pennsylvania in 1857, the son of George W. Crise, Sr., who was of French descent. His mother was of German extraction. The younger George W. Crise came to Knox County about 1890, and followed his profession as civil engineer. He also spent several years in Los Angeles, the Dakotas, and Cincinnati, Ohio. He later purchased the Nick Riley farm in Knox County, which he still owns. His wife is the daughter of Millard W. Soule, one of the earliest settlers of Danville. Her grandfather, John R. Gamble, was engaged in the building of the Ohio Canal during the early days, and a son of his owned and operated the Waihonding Mill, which was built on the canal. Three sons were born to George W. and Maud (Soule) Crise: W. Paul, George W. 5th, and Lewis Miller.

W. Paul Crise attended the public schools of Lucas and Northfield, Ohio. He spent a year at Meridian College, Meridian, Miss., after which he entered Ohio State University. He specialized in the study of mechanical engineering and was graduated with the degree of B. M. E. in 1918. He began his professional career in experimental work at McCook Field, Dayton, and was later identified with the Jeffrey Mfg. Company at Columbus, where be was connected with the development department. Mr. Crise took graduate work at Ohio State University and spent four years in the teaching profession. He has since been interested in the radio business in Mt. Vernon, as above mentioned. He was married in 1920 to Miss Mary E. Fawcett, of Howard, Ohio, the daughter of Elmer and Louie (Robinson) Fawcett. Mr. and Mrs. Crise have two children: Nora Elizabeth, and Wilford Paul. Mr. Crise is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge.

George W. Crise 5th was reared and educated at Danville, Ohio, and spent three years at North High School, Columbus. He attended Ohio State University, where he studied electrical engineering. He was married in 1921 to Miss Beatrice B. Greer, of Waihonding, Ohio, the daughter of Charles E. and Claudia Greer. They have three sons: George W. the 6th, Richard Carrington, and Robert Greer Crise.

Lewis Miller Crise received his education in the public schools of Columbus and Knox County. He attended high school at Wathonding, Escondido, Calif., Amity and Eden, Ohio. He spent one year at Ohio State University, and has since been associated with the interests of the Mt. Vernon Radio Company.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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