Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
THOMAS T. CRENSHAW. Success is only achieved by the exercise of certain distinguishing qualities and it can not be retained without effort. Those by whom great epoch changes have been made in the political and industrial world began early in life to prepare themselves for their peculiar duties and responsibilities, and it was only by the most persevering and continuous endeavor that they succeeded in rising superior to the obstacles in their way and reaching the goal of their ambition. judging from the record Thomas T. Crenshaw, president of the Greene County Lumber Company, is making, while still a young man, he has carefully laid the foundation for large future success, some of which he has already achieved.
Mr. Crenshaw was born in Springfield, Missouri, February 18, 1881. He is a son of L. A. D. and Fannie (Smith) Crenshaw. The father was born in Tennessee, from which state he came to Missouri in 1845 and located on a farm four miles south of Springfield, where he carried on general farming and stock raising successfully, making a specialty of raising mules and horses, being thus engaged until his death in 1884, comparatively early in life. His widow has survived him thirty years and is now living on Market street, Springfield, being advanced in age. To these parents seven children were born, named as follows: Sue E. is the wife of Dr. Joseph Love; Anne W. is the wife of C. C. Sheppard; D. W. lives on a farm; Smith S. was next in order; Aileen S. is the wife of J. H. Hoffman; Thomas T., of this review; Clara C. is the wife of Allen Earley.
Thomas T. Crenshaw spent his childhood on the farm, and he received a good education in the common schools which he attended until 1895, then went to Culver, Indiana, and entered the Culver Military Academy, where he remained three years. When the war with Spain broke out he enlisted in Company K, Second Missouri Infantry, and was sent with other troops to the large military camps at Chickamauga Park and Albany, both in Georgia, and Lexington, Kentucky. He remained in the service one year, and was mustered out at Albany, Georgia. He then returned to Springfield, where he remained a year, then went to the Pacific coast, where he began his career as a lumberman and there gained his first knowledge of the business. After remaining in the far West three years he went to Columbus, Ohio, and became sales manager in an eastern territory for a large lumber concern, the Missouri Lumber and Land Exchange Company, of Kansas, City, and remained in the East about nine years, doing much to increase the prestige of his firm in that territory, and was regarded as one of the firm's most capable and trustworthy employees. In the meantime he had mastered the various phases of the lumber business, and in 1912, returned to Springfield, Missouri, and helped organize the Greene County Lumber Company, being incorporated under the state laws of Missouri. Mr. Crenshaw is president and general manager and his close application, able management and wise foresight has made this one of the most successful firms of its kind in Greene county, its business and prestige rapidly increasing with the years. All grades of lumber are handled, all kinds of building materials--everything to be found in an up-to-date twentieth century lumber establishment. Their extensive yards are located at 447 South Campbell street.
Mr. Crenshaw was married, May 12, 1906, to Mabel C. Noggle, a daughter of Ira and Allie E. (Erickson) Noggle, both natives of Unionville, Missouri. The father died about twenty-five years ago, but the mother survives. Mrs. Crenshaw has a brother, John R. Noggle, who makes his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Crenshaw received a good education. She is a member of various clubs, in all of which she is popular. She is also a member of the Presbyterian church.
To Mr. and Mrs. Crenshaw one child has been born, Thomas T., Jr., who is now five years of age.
Politically, our subject is a Democrat. He belongs to the Christian church. He belongs to the Springfield Club, the Country Club and the Young Men's Business Club.
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