This link will take you to a detailed history for William Cronk - Some highlights: He owned a HW store (N. H. Conkin & Co.) where he invented tools and his barn door hanger. This led to the establishment of his company in 1883, which turned into the Cronk & Carrier Co., which was eventually sold in 1932.
The following excerpt is From: Our County and its people; A History of the Valley and County of Chemung; BY: Ausburn Towner; D. Mason & Co., Publishers; Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Cronk Hanger Co., The. - This company was organized and incorporated in Elmira in 1885 with Charles R. Pratt as president and C. F. Carrier secretary and treasurer. Its capital stock is $50,000, its manufactory being at Havana and its business headquarters at Elmira. Comparatively a new industry it started in a small way, but its growth has been rapid and continuous, its increase for the past three years being from forty to fifty per cent, per annum. It employs from thirty to forty men in the shops and keeps five men on the road. The Cronk hanger is sold throughout the United States. Its specalties are steel covered, anti friction, barn door hangers of the two separate designs under patents of both Cronk and Carrier Carrier's double braced steel rail, Cronk's adjustable stay roller, steel hangers, Cronk's steel hangers for wood truck, etc.
The Cronk & Carrier Mfg. Co. (Emlira, NY)
Sub Brands / Trade Names / Trademarks
- Cronk's (Chisels, Pliers)
- Elmira (Screwdrivers)
- Star (Screwdrivers)
- Cronk (Wrenches)
Cronk & Carrier Patents
William Cronk Patents