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Arthur Wellington Tawes, Sr
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Birth: May 18, 1889
Somerset County
Maryland, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1980
Somerset County
Maryland, USA

A. Wellington Tawes Dead At 91

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th in the Immanuel United Methodist Church for a long-time member, A. Wellington Tawes, prominent business executive, who died Saturday, August the 9th, at his home on Somerset Ave. He was 91 years of age. Officiating was the Rev. Robert Kelly, pastor of Immanuel. Burial was at Asbury Cemetery in Lawsonia where graveside rites were conducted by Chesapeake Lodge No. 147 AF & AM.

Born in Crisfield, Mr. Tawes was a son of the late James B. and Alice Byrd Tawes. His wife Minnie E. Daugherty Tawes died in 1965.

He was a graduated from Sudler’s Bryan Stratton Business College in Baltimore and attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

His long-time business career began when he entered his father’s lumber business and operated a sawmill in Matthews County, Va. He also worked with Tawes and Gibson Lumber and Can Company. Later he was with the Consumers Ice company and bought out the Crisfield Manufacturing Company with which he started the first Electric Utility.
He sold the electric company to Delmarva Power in 1927.

Mr. Tawes formed the Tawes Ice Company and operated it until 1941. He was treasurer and director of the Charles David Bridell, Inc. (now Carvel Hall Cutlery) in the 30’s.

He became President of the Bank of Crisfield (now Eastern Shore National Bank) in 1936, beginning a banking career that was to last until his retirement in the early 60’s He owned and operated a farming and chicken raising operation with his son A. W. Tawes Jr., after World War II. In 1952 he helped invent and establish the first above-water soft crab shedding process.

Mr. Tawes was a long-time member of Immanuel United Methodist church, were he had served on its Official Board, was financial secretary, and for many years was the church’ financial secretary. He was a member and the oldest Past Mater of Chesapeake Lodge No. 147 AF & AM of Crisfield; was a past president of Somerset – Worcester County Past Masters’ Association; was a member of the Shriners 100 Club in Maryland, and was its oldest member at the time of his death; was a member of the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite and the York Rite.

He was a 55-year member and past president of the Crisfield Rotary Club. He was also one of the original members of the Board of Directors of McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield.

Mr. Tawes’ love for Crisfield was exemplified by his civic-mindedness. Years ago he purchased a large tract of land known as the Old Brick Kiln property, only to later donate the parcels of property, for civic purposes. He donated the land on which the American Legion Home was built; the property where the Small Boat Harbor is located; the land on which the Seafood Laboratory now stands; the property where the Sarah M. Peyton School was built; and the beach property that bears his name.

Surviving are his son, Arthur W. Tawes, Jr., Crisfield; two daughters, Mrs. I. T. (Virginia) Todd, and Mary Kathryn Tawes, Crisfield; six grandchildren; a brother, Marvin H. Tawes, Sr., Crisfield; a sister, Mrs. James Stephenson, Everett, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

Source: Obituary Crisfield Times August 14th, 1980

Obituary provided by contributor Phil Goldsborough 2017-01-07
Family links: 
  James Beauregard Tawes (1864 - 1939)
  Alice Virginia Byrd Tawes (1869 - 1962)
  Minnie Daugherty Tawes (1890 - 1965)
  Mary Kathryn Tawes (1919 - 1982)*
  Arthur Wellington Tawes (1924 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Asbury Cemetery
Somerset County
Maryland, USA
Created by: Olive's Branch
Record added: Sep 27, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117727183
Arthur Wellington Tawes, Sr
Added by: Phil Goldsborough
Arthur Wellington Tawes, Sr
Added by: Olive's Branch
Arthur Wellington Tawes, Sr
Added by: Olive's Branch
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