Born in England
Sam left home when his mother remarried and went to Liverpool where he sold papers on the streets. Crowther told the story once, when asked what he considered his most valuable investment, that when he was selling newspapers in the winter in Liverpool he would buy two hot potatoes, wrap them in paper and carry them in his coat pocket. "They gave out wonderful warmth", he said. "Then when they no longer gave out heat, I could eat them -- you couldn't beat an investment like that."
At age 12 he signed on a ship (freighter) as a cabin boy and stayed on the sea for many years. At age 21 he came to Montreal, Canada, with two other friends. They all wanted to go on to Australia, but lacking enough money they took a train to San Antonio in 1883. There they found work on ranches nearby and proceeded to break wild horses and ride the range as cowboys.
Town Named Crowther
By 1906, Sam and his wife, and two sons, John and Robert, had moved to San Angelo, where he bought the Wylie Hardware store. It became Crowther Hardware and was operated from 1907 to 1922. It was located on Chadbourne street where is now located the West Texas Utility building Later, he founded the Crowther Supply Company at 117 Bird street.
During the time he was in San Angelo, he was a member of the San Angelo School Board for twelve years, six years as its president, was city alderman and county parole board chairman. He served as first president and charter member of the San Angelo Kiwanis Club, a member of the Business Men's Bible Class, amd taught Sunday school in the First Methodist Church. He was Worshipful Master of San Angelo Masonic Lodge, president of the Texas Hardware and Implement Dealer's Association, County Trustee. He was also president of the San Angelo Rifle Club, signer of the city charter, and a government volunteer weather observer from 1907 to 1937.
one of his most noted services to boyhood, as stated on the application
for Silver Beaver, was : "For the past 10 years, Mr. Crowther has appeared
before the court in behalf of juvenile delinquents and has accepted hundreds
of boys on probation, making weekly reports to the court as to their conduct."
Text taken from Panjandrum - A History of Concho Valley Council, 1911-1941, by Frank T. Hilton, 1990
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