W. L. Cron, P. O. Piqua; Mr. Cron, a native of Miami Co., and son of John Cron, was born in Spring Creek Township in 1826, and remained on the farm until about 19 years of age, when he began his apprenticeship as "cabinet joiner," after serving a full term he was engaged at cabinet-making, carpentering and farming until 1862, when he entered the United States army as lst Lieutenant of Co. A, 110th O. V. I., in which capacity he served until the spring of 1864, when he resigned, returned to Piqua, and resumed farming on the old homestead. In October, 1868, he joined fortunes with his cousin W. L. Cron, who was then operating a small furniture establishment here, having, a horse-power with which he run a limited amount of machinery this, with a small stock of lumber and manufactured furniture, with $1,300 cash, constituted their capital; from this humble beginning the business has been developed, in spite of unfavorable circumstances, to its present vast proportions, during which W. L. has been the salesman; at first each made a hand in the shop and did their own work, now their pay-roll includes over 100 names, and the retail salesroom, where W. L. presides, presents a display of furniture which, in point of style, quality and quantity, would do ju stice to a much larger city, reflect great credit upon the management; the firm now consists of L.C. & W.J. Cron and John Schneyer, the style of the firm being L.C. & W.L. Cron & Co.; as the biography of each appears in this work, and their factory and business is mentioned at length elsewhere, it need not be repeated here. Mr. Cron has been twice married; his first wife, a daughter of Jehiel Day, died in 1855. He was married in 1857 to Miss Mary F., daughter of Ebenezer Frost of Spring Creek Township.

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