Henry Crecelius 1881-19xx?


    Brewster maintained a fair-sized design and drafting department, and among those who worked there in the late teens and early 1920s were Ray Dietrich, Tom Hibbard, George Snyder, Henry Crecelius, Eugene T (Bob) Gregorie, Philip Brostom and J .J. St Croix. Dietrich and Hibbard founded Lebaron Carrossiers in late 1920. Henry Crecelius moved to Lincoln to become chief body engineer under Edsel Ford. George Snyder later went to General Motors and Ford. Bob Gregorie became Edsel Ford's mentor and design chief in 1932, and Brostom and St Croix are noteworthy because both won top honours and cash prizes in the 1922 Body Builders' design competition.

During the early twenties the Brewster plant was run by Henry Crecelius (b. Sep. 1881), who could qualify as an expert craftsman himself, having started at Locomobile. He was also a perfectionist who insisted that every detail be of the high quality that the name Brewster had always stood for. When Brewster became part of Rools-Royce, Crecelius left to became chief body engineer at Lincoln.

Lincoln maintained a corps of inspectors to visit the various body builders' plants to check the quality of any Lincoln bodies under construction. Their requirements were rather stringent in many respects, especially after Henry Crecelius left Brewster to become chief body engineer for Lincoln.

 

Henry Crecelius Jr. 1899-1977   Brooklyn coachuilder F. R. Wood & Sons featured the design work of a young Henry Crecelius, Jr., (b. Feb. 1899-d. Mar. 1977) who had learned his trade under his father Henry Sr. at Brewster. Wood built some custom bodies up until 1926 but the bulk of their business was buses and commercial vehicles.

 

   

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