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 Alexander Hill Crew

Alexander Hill Crew

Greater London, England
Death 17 Dec 1904 (aged 69)
Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Burial Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Plot 8~C~137~D
Memorial ID 30561865 · View Source
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Chico Daily Record, Saturday December 17, 1904, pg 1 col 3: A.H. Crew’s Condition Critical. The condition of A.H. Crew, cashier of the Bank of Chico since 1872, and one of Chico’s most progressive substantial and highly respected citizens, who has been seriously ill for several days with pneumonia and a complication of ailments, was such this morning at the hour of The Record’s going to press that the attending physicians could offer no hope for his recovery, and expressed the opinion that death would be but a matter of a few hours.
Alexander H Crew Male Widower Birth Date: abt 1835 Birth Place: London, England Age at Death: 69 Death Date: 17 Dec 1904 Death Place: Chico, California, USA Burial Place: Butte, California, USA Source Information: California, Death and Burial Records from Select Counties, 1873-1987 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
Chico Daily Record, Monday December 19, 1904, pg 1 col 1-2: Reaper Calls Alex. H. Crew. Died at His Home Saturday From Pneumonia After A Short Illness. Pioneer of California and for Thirty-Seven Years One of Chico’s Foremost Citizens – Prominent in Church and Fraternity. At 4 o’clock p.m. Saturday, after an illness of about two weeks’ duration, Alexander h. Crew, one of Chico’s oldest and most honored citizens, passed to his reward, the cause of his demise being pneumonia. For several days past it had been known that his condition was serious, but with his rugged constitution it was hoped that he would be spared for further years of usefulness. On Thursday, however, complications set in which made it apparent that his life hung on the slenderest thread, and despite the best of medical attendance and nursing, the overtaxed system finally gave way and his lifework ceased while his loving relatives stood by his bedside to hear his last words and close his tired eyes.

Alexander Hill Crew was born in London, England, June 28, 1835, and received his education in the Queen Elizabeth grammar school, near London bridge, of which his father, William Crew, was a trustee. In February, 1849, the family set out for Australia, but on the way, hearing of the gold discovery in California, changed their plans and came to the Golden State, arriving in San Francisco in April, 1850. His father engaged in mercantile business sin that city for three years, when he returned to London, where he died in 1858. He subject of this sketch, upon his arrival in San Francisco, a lad of sixteen years, found employment in the office of the Daily Balance, conducted by the late Senator Eugene Casserly, and subsequently he worked in the office of the Evening Journal, of which the late Governor Washington Bartlett was proprietor.

In 1853 Mr. Crew moved to Marysville, then the headquarters for the northern mines, and here he entered the employment of Adams & Co.’s express, where in their banking department he was employed in handling gold dust. At that time La Porte, Plumas county was the center of one of the greatest gold fields in the State, and to that place he turned his steps in 1855, when just attaining his majority, and opened the banking house of Everetts, Wilson & Co., of which he was a member of the company. After a short time he severed his connection with this firm and with George Eve opened business under the firm name of Eve & Crew. Later, Mr. Eve retired from the firm and it was reorganized with the late John Conley at the head, under the name of John Conley & Co., Mr. Crew being the company. In the decadence of this once famous mining camp the firm has ceased to exist.

In 1872, upon the organization of the Bank of Chico, Mr. Crew moved to this city, which has ever since been his home, he continuing up to the last to hold the position of cashier in that institution.

In matters of education and religion, Mr. Crew had always been one of Chico’s most prominent laborers. He was one of the earnest workers through whose agency the State established the Normal School at this point, and served for a number of years as one of its trustees. He had also been one of the leading members of the Presbyterian church of this city, and for years one of its governing body.

Mr. Crew was also prominent in fraternal circles, being a Knight Templar and also a member of the I.O.O.F.

In all his dealing with his fellowman, Mr. Crew’s high ideals of honor and integrity marked his every act and his name has been synonymous with all that goes to make an upright, honorable life.

In affairs of citizenship, Mr. Crew has always allied himself with the progressive element, and could be found giving his best efforts toward the advancement of any cause which had for its purpose the betterment of this locality.

Seemingly brusque in his manner, he was, however, on the contrary, a companionable and genial man, readily approachable and always considerate. He possessed a vigorous constitution up to the time of his last illness, and it was his common practice every morning during all seasons of the year, through rain and shine, to visit Chico creek, some distance above the city, where with a plunge in the cold waters and the journey back, he refreshed himself for the labors of the day.

He leaves three children, Mrs. E.E. Canfield, H.W. Crew and Miss Emma Crew, to mourn the passing of an affectionate and devoted father. Mrs. crew died fourteen years ago from the same dread disease that caused his demise. He also leaves a nephew, Thomas N. Crew, of this city.

In his death the community suffers the loss of a citizen who can by ill spared, and whose best monument has been built in his efforts for the advancement of the community in which for thirty-seven years he had been one of its principal personages.

The funeral, which will be under the auspices of Chico Lodge, No. 111, F. and A.M., will take place from the late home of deceased at the corner of Fifth and Salem streets, this afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. W.G. White of the Presbyterian church will preach the sermon. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

The honorary pall bearers will be chosen, two from the Masonic order, two from the I.O.O.F., and two from the citizens, while the active pall bearers will be from the membership of the Christian Endeavor. In respect to his memory the banks of Chico will be closed today.
Chico Daily Record, Tuesday December 20, 1904, pg 1 col 1-2: Citizens Pay Last Tribute. Large Outpouring of Citizens Gathers Around Bier of A.H. Crew. One of the Most Impressive Testimonials to the Worth and Services of an Honorable Man Ever Held in Chico. Despite raw and chilly weather occasional by the prevalent fog, the outpouring of citizens yesterday to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of Alexander H. Crew was an extremely large one. The impressiveness of the funeral was the more marked from the fact that nearly every business house in Chico irrespective of its character, was closed during the hours between 1 and 4 p.m.

The services were held at the late residence of deceased, on Salem and Fifth streets, which proved inadequate for the large number of old friends gathered, many of whom were unable to obtain admission until after the conclusion of the ceremonies.

The services opened with a solo by Miss Mattie Springer, which was followed by scripture reading by Rev. W.G. White of the Presbyterian church, of which congregation Mr. Crew had for many years been an earnest and conscientious member. The church choir comprised of Miss Mattie Springer, Mrs. J.B. Stewart, Harry Benhard and W. Nelson, rendered a hymn, followed by prayer by the Rev. White, and after another appropriate musical selection the officiating clergyman delivered a very touching and forcible sermon.

With the conclusion of the sermon the casket was opened and with reverent tread and bowed heads a large number of friends passed and looked the last time upon the kindly features of one whom years of association had caused to be esteemed because of his many noble qualities.

The cortege was then formed, with a detachment of twelve Knight Templar acting as escort, followed by Chico Lodge, No. 113, I.O.O.F., and Chico Lodge, No. 111, F. and A.M. Carriages to the number of sixty, containing friends of years standing, followed the hearse, making a very impressive procession.

At the cemetery the ritualistic ceremonials of the Masonic order were rendered in all their striking solemnity, with appropriate music, and at the conclusion the brothers each dropped his spring of evergreen upon the coffin and the sexton covered from gave all that was mortal of one whose life work had been such that the world sis better for his having been.

The honorary pall bearers were L.H. McIntosh, and J.R. Robinson from the Masonic fraternity, J.B. Stewart and G.M. Gray from the Presbyterian church, H.W. Camper and M. Oser from the Odd Fellows, and JW. Roper and John Leininger from the citizens.

The active pall bearers were chosen from the Christian Endeavor Society of the Presbyterian church, as follows: B.C. Jones, Wesley Jones, Frank Shell, George Cecil, James Parker and Russell Hannis.
" ... Henry William Crew, who was born a native son at La Porte, California, on October 8, 1864. His father was Alexander H. Crew, a native of London, who established one of the first banks in Chico, having come to California as a boy about 1852, sailing around Cape Horn to San Francisco. He and young Barnett, who was afterward governor of California, were messengers for Adams Express Company at Marysville, in pioneer days; and they went into the banking business at La Porte, their partner being John Conley, of the neighboring hydraulic mine.

In 1872, with Mr. Conley, A.H. Crew came to Chico and established the Bank of Chico, associating himself with Mr. Card and Mr. Hayman. Mr. Crew was cashier, and Mr. Conley was president. Later H.W. Heath became president. Mr. Heath died at Aukland, in March, 1916. Mr. Crew continued as cashier of the bank until his death. Mr. Heath married John Marshall's sister; and they made their money in Aukland, where they had large interests. Mr. Crew died on December 17, 1904, highly honored as a citizen, a trustee of the Chico State Normal School, a Knight Templar Mason, and an Odd Fellow. Mrs. Crew was Susan H. Heath before her marriage, a native of England, who came to California in the fifties and married here. Here she also died, on February 14, 1891. She was the mother of three children: Mrs. Canfield, Emma Crew, and Henry W., of this review..." Biography of Henry Wm Crew, Source: "History of Butte County, Cal.," by George C. Mansfield, Pages 797-798, Historic Record Co, Los Angeles, CA, 1918.

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