ASA L. CROW, prominent Galveston businessman, may not have been born on the island, but there isn't a more loyal or interested citizen in the city's walfare and prosperity than is he.
In fact, he says he has been here so long--since 1915--that he seems to be grounded to the island.
Success in his business undertakings, sympathetic to the needs of the community, and eager to serve in his more than 40 years association in commercial and civic activities, he has been looked upon by his fellow citizens as one of the city's staunchest assets.
As the active head and principal owner of the Gulf Lumber Co., one of the business landmarks of the city, he has followed its fortunes in prosperity and adversity.
Mr. Crow was born in Charleston, Miss., the son of Asa L. and Mary Betts Crow.
He was educated in the country schools of Mississippi and early in life decided to enter the railroad field. He was employed by the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad for more than 12 years and in 1915 he decided to come to Galveston.
He joined the Gulf Lumber Co. here--the largest establishment of its type in the city, and soon became its executive head. It was during the war hears that the company had its busiest times. For the most part he directed its endeavors largely to the war efforts.
Mr. Crow also lent his assistance in other wartime endeavors and served for a long time as a member of the Selective Service Board. He also aided in war loan campaigns and served as treasurer of Galveston Chapter, American Red Cross.
He married the former Margaret Stafford, daughter of the late col. and Mrs. William Maner Stafford, pioneer Galvestonians.
Mrs. Crow, like her husband, was representative of the Old South, with its traditions, and its high sense of values.
Her father, Col. Stafford, was a veteran of the Confederate Army and was a member of a company which was ordered to Galveston early in the conflict. He took part in the Battle of Galveston and later saw active service in Arkansas and the Indian Territory.
After the end of the war, Col. Stafford came to Galveston to make his home. He was a prominent figure of the Galveston Cotton Exchange and in the civic activities of that period.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Crow have been affiliated with Trinity Episcopal church throughout the years. He has served as a member of the vestry and in other important posts.
Their main interests are centered in their family, and they maintain a close interest in their son and daughter, who reside elsewhere, and their grandchildren. Two children were born to the union, Asa Lee Crow and Mary Kate, the wife of William S. Sinclair, Jr.
Mr. Crow never sought public office, but he was interested in the political life of the city and frequently helped out old friends by serving in city and county elections.
Over the years, he has maintained his friendships hee and he has never been too busy, no matter how pressing the needs, to help a friend, or vouchsafe a word of counsel.
He is modest in accepting any acclaim for his business and civic achievements yet pround of the distinctive place his company has had in the history of Galveston.
Written around 1964 for a local Galveston, TX paper--A. S. Balch