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 Theodore W. Gray

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Theodore W. Gray

Birth
Death 24 Feb 1941 (aged 75–76)
Burial Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot K-24-1-6
Memorial ID 95205894 View Source
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THEODORE WELLS GRAY

Suffers Heart Attack During Florida Visit
A message received here this week advised that T.W. Gray, former owner of
the Manitowoc water utility, had suffered another heart attack at Vero Beach,
Florida with his daughter, Helen. Mr. Gray has not been in the best of health
since 1930, when he suffered a slight stroke.
The Grays left Manitowoc in November for Florida.
Manitowoc Herald Times, Saturday, February 4, 1939 P.4
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FORMER HEAD OF UTILITIES IN CITY DIES
T.W. Gray Operated Water Utility Here Before It Was Owned By City
Theodore W. Gray, 76, former public utility executive and active for years in
the contracting business in this city and Wisconsin, died early last evening
at the home, 526 North Eighth street. Death was due to a heart attack.
Mr. Gray operated the Manitowoc water utility here for years until it was
purchased by the city in 1911, and later engaged in the contracting business
with Fred C. Robinson. He has been inactive since 1930, when he suffered a
slight stroke.
He was able to be about and as late as Monday was downtown with his daughter,
Miss Helen Gray. His death occurred at 7:30 o'clock Monday evening.
Funeral Thursday
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., from the Gray residence,
under Masonic auspices. The Rev. C.H. Phipps of the First Presbyterian church
will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.
Mr. Gray was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1865. His father was a contractor and
builder of gas and waterworks plants in the United States. The son attended
schools in the east and returned to enter his father's employ. He went to Fargo,
N.D., to operate a gas plant erected there by his father.
Later the father erected utility plants at Whitewater, Janesville and Beloit
and his two sons, Theodore and Eugene became associated with him in these
enterprises. The former entered the hardware business at Whitewater, which he
operated several years.
In the early eighties Noffit, Hotchkiss and Clark, an eastern firm, secured a
franchise in this city for building a waterworks plant. The firm operated the
utility until 1896 when Theodore Gray and W.G. Maxcy of Oshkosh came here and
took over the plant. The transfer also included water utilities and gas plants
in other Wisconsin cities, including Antigo, Bayfield and Oshkosh.
Managed Utility
Mr. Gray was made manager of the Manitowoc utility, in which he held extensive
holdings, and he continued as head of the plant until 1911 when it was purchased
by the municipality, during the administration of the late Mayor Henry Stolze.
For the next few years Mr. Gray supervised holdings of the Maxcy interests in
Wisconsin cities although always maintaining his residence in Manitowoc. In 1912
he formed a partnership with Fred Robinson and the Gray-Robinson construction
company was incorporated. The firm engaged in the general contracting business,
principally sewer and waterworks construction.
In 1914 Mr. Gary, with F.T. Zentner, took over the lease of the Williams House,
then this city's leading hotel, located on the present site of the Kresge store,
Eighth and Franklin streets. On retirement of Mr. Zentner from this partnership
Mr. Robinson joined Mr. Gray in operation of the hotel until 1920.
Was Bank Director
The next 10 years Mr. Gray devoted his efforts to the Gray-Robinson company. He
served several years as a director of the First National bank and was one of the
organizers and charter members of the Lakeside Country Club. He was a 32nd degree
Mason, member of the Manitowoc lodge of Elks and the Milwaukee Athletic club.
A stroke he suffered in 1930 forced Mr. Gray to retire from active business.
In 1891 Mr. Gray married Miss Katharine Graham of Whitewater. She died in 1934.
Survivors are three daughters, Dorothy and Helen of this city, Mrs. George Pinney
of Morristown, N.J.; three sisters, Mrs. F.L. Deming of Bellingham, Wash., Mr. E.P.
Trautman and Mrs. Harry Hodgman of Hollywood, Calif.; three nieces and seven nephews.
Two brothers, Eugene and Rollin, preceded him in death.
The body will be moved to the Gray residence late Wednesday afternoon from the
Frazier mortuary and may be viewed there until the hour of services Thursday.
Manitowoc Herald Times, Tuesday, February 25, 1941 P.2
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[Theodore W. Gray/d. 2-24-1941/cause: acute pulmonary oedema]


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  • Created by: Kent Salomon
  • Added: 11 Aug 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 95205894
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95205894/theodore-w-gray : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore W. Gray (1865–24 Feb 1941), Find a Grave Memorial ID 95205894, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Kent Salomon (contributor 901) .