H.J. Crawford (1867 - 1953)

Feb 21, 2007 | Posted in Essays, People

H. J. Crawford

H. J. Crawford

Harry Jennings Crawford was born in Emlenton in 1867. From a very early age, Harry went with his father to help him pump oil wells. Later on he helped to lay the first gas line to Emlenton.

Crawford spent most of his early years heavily involved in the oil and gas industries. He worked for the South Penn Oil company and the Emlenton Gas Company and was an organizer and later president of the Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation. Thomas Gregory and Crawford formed a partnership in 1900 which lasted 51 years. Their names were both well known in the oil and gas industries not only in the local area but also in Utah, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

His business activities were not limited just to oil and gas. Crawford also became president of the First national Bank of Emlenton as well as Oil City National Bank.

His success in business enabled him to help his community. In Emlenton, he built Crawford Memorial School. At Grove City College, (where he served as a trustee and vice president) Crawford set up funds to aid students from Emlenton and nearby towns.

His family consisted of a wife and two children. H. J. Crawford died in November of 1953, but his generosity to Emlenton and surrounding areas can still be felt.

The News Herald. November 3, 1953

Reprinted Courtesy of the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry