Biography of J. R. Crissey
Cambria County, PA Biographies

J. R. Crissey, one of Johnstown's representative and successful business men, is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born in Somerset County, May 8, 1884, and is the son of I. C. and Mary (Ripple) Crissey.

Both I. C. Crissey and his wife were natives of Somerset County, Pa. He began life as a school teacher, later engaged in farming until 1890, at which time he removed to Johnstown, and lived in Moxham. He became interested in the grocery business and had other business interests. Mr. Crissey died in 1914 and is buried in Grandview Cemetery. He was a Republican, a member of the Christian Church, of which he served as a deacon, and he was affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Woodmen of the World. His widow resides in Johnstown. To Mr. and Mrs. Crissey the following children were born: H. L., an efficiency engineer, lives at Sharon, Pa.; J. R., the subject of this sketch; Annie, married George J. Hammer, lives in Johnstown, where he is identified with the Bethlehem Steel Company; Mary, married Vernon Diet; a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; George and Walter, both deceased.

After completing his schooling in the public schools of Johnstown, J. R. Crissey entered the employ of the Lorain Steel Company, but later learned the core making trade under Sam Wicks, superintendent of the foundry of the Lorain Steel Company. During this time Mr. Crissey took a correspondence course in civil engineering and later resigned his position and entered the mining and engineering department of the Cambria Steel Company. He continued his study nights in the Cambria Library and also took mechanical drawing in private lessons from Prof. W. Raab, a graduate of Rensselaer College. In 1903 Mr. Crissey took a position as city draftsman and the following year was appointed assistant city engineer, in which capacity he served until 1916, when he was appointed city engineer of Johnstown. He held this responsible position until October, 1920, when he resigned to enter his present business. Mr. Crissey is secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Crissey Construction Company.

In 1907 Mr. Crissey was united in marriage with Miss Jennie May Frank, the daughter of Chauncey E. and Mary (Brubaker) Frank. Mr. Frank, who died in 1925, was a well known building contractor of Johnstown where his widow resides. To Mr. and Mrs. Crissey have been born six children: M. Leora, was graduated from Johnstown High School in 1924; Dorothy Belle, died in 1920; Ruth Irene, Edna May, Jackson R., Jr., and Walden E., all at home.

Mr. Crissey holds membership in the First Lutheran Church, Jaffa Shrine of Altoona, and all Masonic bodies of Johnstown, Knights of Pythias, Royal Arcanum, P. O. S. of A., and Shrine Club of Johnstown. He has an extensive acquaintance in Cambria County.

The Crissey Construction Company, Johnstown, was incorporated in January, 1920, under the laws of the State of Pennsylvania. It was organized by J. R. Crissey, and the following officers elected: R. W. Trevorow, president; John C. Pender, vice president; J. R. Crissey, secretary, treasurer and general manager. Rush Ober was also one of the organizers. Later Mr. Pender purchased the interest of Mr. Ober, and in 1923 the corporation purchased the interest of R. W. Trevorow, Mr. Pender then being elected president.

The Crissey Construction Company does general construction work, specializing in sewer, bridges, highways, and road building They have completed many large contracts for highway bridges and roads for the Pennsylvania State Highway Department. Offices and equipment are located at 833 Wood Street. The plant's storage capacity provides for the storage of 50 car loads of supplies. A large force of men is employed by this well known company.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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