Information courtesy of Roger Hopkins  26 May 2003


Piqua Daily Call

Piqua, Ohio

Wednesday, April 22, 1931




Wife of Former Mayor of Piqua Succumbs After an Extended Illness.


     Mrs. Marcella Cron, widow of the late L. C. Cron, former mayor of Piqua, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Robert L. Kunkle, 320 West High street this morning at 6 o’clock after an extended illness.

     Mrs. Cron was born in Dayton on December 4, 1847 and was a great granddaughter of Mrs. Catherine Van cleve Thompson who was the first white child born in Dayton.  She was a descendant of the first settlers of Dayton and a cousin of Orrville and Wilbur Wright.  Her father and mother were Empson and Harriet Brown and Mr. Brown established the first blanket mill in Piqua.

     Mrs. Cron attended the Piqua Hight school and was a member of the Presbyterian church, in her younger days she took an active part in the church’s activities and at one time taught a class of boys in the Sunday school.

     Mrs. Cron had the faculty of attracting a large circle of friends.  Her wide knowledge of interesting facts, both past and present, made her one of the most fascinating conversationist with whom one would wish to talk.

     For the past five years Mrs. Cron had made her home with Mrs. Kunkle, whose untiring devotion looked to her mother’s every comfort.  Previously to living with Mrs. Kunkle, Mrs. Cron lived for thirty years in the home that is now “Arrowston” the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Wood, III.

     Mrs. Cron is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Kunkle; three sons, Clarence and Charles of Columbus and J. C. Cron of Piqua; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; two brothers Lovill Brown of Piqua and Frank Brown living in California.

     Funeral services will be held from the home of Mrs. Kunkle on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in charge of Dr. George Brewer of the Presbyterian church.  Burial will be on the family lot in Forest Hill cemetery.