|Introduction||Historical Background||Chronology||Geography||Biography||Technology||Ownership and Financing||General Bibliography|
Financing of American Water Works
||Carroll E. Gray
E. Gray was born in Ohio in 1831 and was educated in Buffalo, New
York. In 1868 he entered the gas business, both building plants
and managing gas companies.
Tables from the History and Statistics of American Water Works
by John James Robertson Croes (1883) Page 17.
moved to St. Louis in 1873 and joined the National Gas Works Building
Company, which has been formed in 1868 and incorporated in 1873.
The company changed its name in 1874 to the National Building Company,
and secured several contracts to build water works. Gray owned
interests in gas plants and also secured franchises for water works in
Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He did not
pursue the project in Eau Claire and the franchise was revoked.
|Alton||IL||Alton Water Works Co||1875|
|Hannibal||MO||Hannibal Water Co||1880|
|Stillwater||MN||Stillwater Water Co||1880|
|Eau Claire||WI||None formed||1880||Franchise revoked for non-performance|
|St. Charles||MO||St. Charles Water and Heating Co.||1881|
|Hot Springs||AR||Hot Springs Water Co||1882|
|Danville||IL||Danville Water Co||1882|
|Palestine||TX||Palestine Water Co||1882|
|Gunnison||CO||Gunnison Gas & Water Co.||1882|
|Duluth||MN||Duluth Gas & Water Co||1883|
|Fergus Falls||MN||Fergus Falls Water Co||1883||Owned by Gray until his death in 1890.|
Gray moved to Chicago in 1883 and after building the water works in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, which he owned, he generally retired from business His two eldest sons, Carroll E. Gray, Jr. and Theodore W. Gray succeeded him in the gas and water business.
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1873 "A New Gas Building Company," Daily Missouri Democrat (St. Louis, Missouri), March 18, 1873, Page 1.
Articles of incorporation were filed this morning with the Secretary of State for the "National Gas-works Building Company of St. Louis," the object being to build gas works; capital stock, $100,000, or 100 shares of $100 each. The names of the incorporators are Calvin F. Herring, Charles W. Weir, and Darlington Trumbull.
State Journal (Jefferson City, Missouri), February 27, 1874,
Certificate of increase of capital stock of the National Gas Works Building Company of St. Louis, also a certificate of change of name to "National Building Company."
of the National Building Company," St. Louis Dispatch, April
29, 1874, Page 4.
The National Building company, builders of gas and waterworks, 914 Olive street, at the annual meeting of stockholders this morning, elected directors as follows: C.E. Gray, G.W. Upsike, S.B. Dugger, C.W. Weer, D. Turnbolt. The Board at a subsequent meeting elected C.E. Gray, president; C.W. Weer, vice president; G.W. Updike, treasurer, and S.B. Dugger, secretary.
the Stockholders of the National Building Company," St. Louis
Dispatch, February 26, 1876, Page 1.
For the purpose of considering the proposition of dissolving the company. C. E. Gray, President.
of Logan County, Illinois, Together with Sketches of Its Cities,
Villages, and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and
Political History, Portraits of Prominent Person, and Biographies of
Pages 523-524: Darlington Turnbolt. In 1868 he became connected with the National Gas Works Building Company, of St. Louis, Missouri, being one of its originators, and engaged in building and operating gas works. He was connected with the building of the gas works in Carliuville, Lincoln, Kankakee, and Elgin Asylum in Illinois; Jackson and Brownsville, in Tennessee; Lincoln, Nebraska; Oskaloosa, Iowa; Marshall, Michigan, while connected with said building company. In 1873 he purchased the Lincoln, Illinois, Gas Works, and moved to Lincoln and took possession of the same. In 1874 he withdrew from the National Building Company, and in 1874-'75 built the works in Mendota and Princeton, Illinois, and purchased the works at Kankakee, Illinois. Reverses in business brought changes, and the result was in 1881 he became the superintendent of the gas works at Lincoln, Illinois, owned by S. A. Foley, which has since become the property of the Gas and Electric Light Company. He still continues as superintendent.
genealogy : being a genealogical record and history of the descendants
of John Gray, of Beverly, Mass., and also including sketches of other
Gray families, by Marcius Denison Raymond
Page 33: Carroll Eugene Gray
Carroll Eugene Gray, son of Dr. P. Wells Gray, was born in Madison, Ohio, July 23d, 1831. While in his youth his parents located at Buffalo, N. Y., where he received a common school education, completing an academical course in Jamestown, N. Y. ; following commercial pursuits till 1868, when he began the study of, and engaged in both the management and construction of illuminating gas works. In 1873 he removed to St. Louis, Mo., interesting capital of that city in local gas and water companies, promoting and building works in Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and Kansas.
In 1883 Mr. Gray moved to Chicago, undertaking by preference, work in the north-west, bearing a creditable name throughout that region, both as a Gas and a Hydraulic Engineer and Builder. During this period of seventeen years the subject of this sketch has constructed some eleven gas works, and nine water works, and in some of the more prominent towns of the west. His two elder sons are now succeeding him in the business, Mr. Gray declining large contracts in future.
The present residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gray and family is at Fergus Falls, Minn.
of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps
and Dent Counties, Missouri
Pages 838-839: Samuel B. Dugger. During the year 1870 he assisted in the organization of the National Building Company, an association of experts and capitalists engaged in the construction of gas and water works for cities throughout the South and West, with headquarters at St. Louis. Being chosen secretary of that company, he moved to St. Louis, and had the active management of the business of the company until 1875, when he again resumed the mercantile business, in St. Louis, and continued therein until 1880.
1890 Carroll Eugene Gray (1851-1890) grave
1927 Carroll Eugene Gray, Jr. (1862-1927) grave
1941 Theodore Wells Gray (1865-1941) grave. He bought the Manitowoc Water Works Company in 1896 and continued as its manager after the city bought the system in 1911.
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