CROSLEY, POWEL, JR.
Sept. 18, 1886- Industrialist
Address: b. c/o Crosley Motors, Inc., 2530 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio; h. Kipling Road, College Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Until the major part of his interests were purchased by the Aviation Corporation (AVCO) in 1945, Powel Crosley,Jr. was known as a pioneer manufacturer of inexpensive radios and refrigerators. Despite his success in the manufacture of these and other household appliances, Crosley wished to devote himself entirely to the manufacture of automobiles, an ambition of forty years' standing. Refrigerators and radios will henceforth be produced by the Crosley Division of AVCO, while the Crosley "bantam" automobile will be the sole output of Crosley Motors, Inc., under Powel Crosley's personal direction.
Born September 18, 1886, Powel Crosley, Jr. was reared in Cincinnati, Ohio, the city of his birth, where his father practised law. His mother was Charlene W. (Utz) Crosley. Powel's graduation from the College Hill Public School in Cincinnati took place in 1901, and from the Ohio Military Institute, also in that city, in 1905. At the University of Cincinnati, which he attended during 1906, he studied engineering. Then, for the two succeeding years, Crosley was a student at the University of Cincinnati Law School. Meanwhile, his interest in automobiles had been stimulated: for a short time in 1905 he worked after school hours as chauffeur for a family in order to familiarize himself with the mechanism of an automobile. While he was still in law school and while he sold bonds for the Kleybolte Bond Company, the study of automobile mechanics remained his hobby.
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