Charles Crittenden Galbraith
CHARLES CRITTENDEN GALBRAITH
CHARLES CRITTENDEN GALBRAITH, now at the head of the company which bears his name, has had a long and active business career in important and in-fluential connections.
He was born at Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, April x6, 1861, the son of Charles S. and Mary Crowell (Payne) Galbraith. His grandfather, William Galbraith, came from Belfast, Ireland, about ninety years ago, settling in New York City, and later in West Hoboken, New Jersey. He was educated in the schools of West Hoboken, New Jersey, and Sag Harbor, Long Island.
He started on his active business career in the provision business, and in March, 1887, became assistant salesman in the Brooklyn branch house of Armour and Company. In October, 1887, he was appointed manager of the Armour Packing Company's first branch house in the Manhattan Market in New York City. On March 12, 1888, he was appointed general Eastern manager for the Armour Packing Company. In that capacity he located and operated branch
houses for his company from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Boston, Mass., until 1901, when Armour & Company absorbed the Armour Packing Company, and his services were transferred to Armour & Company. Lie was placed in charge of extensive interests for that company in New York, Brooklyn, and Jersey City, being its manager until 1903 in that territory of sixteen branch houses and an abattoir.
In 1903 he became actively interested in the progress and practical application and installation of wireless telegraphy, and he developed the wireless telegraph on the Atlantic Coast, the Pacific Coast, and the Great Lakes. The constructive and organizing work done by him in that connection contributed in no small degree to the successful establishing of wireless telegraphy as an aid to the commerce of the country.
Following the "Titanic" disaster of April 16, 1912, the question of better protection of life at
sea became an issue of great popular interest and the object of remedial legislation. With the opening of the European War and increased demand for means of safety at sea by the appearance of the submarine menace, Mr. Galbraith contributed to the solution of the question by establishing himself in the business as a specialty. He organized the C. C. Galbraith Company, with offices at 90 West Street and warehouses at 47-49 West Street; manufacturing plant at Keyport, N. J. The company specializes in life-preserving equipment, including life-boats, life-rafts, life-preservers, solid cork ring buoys, self-igniting water lights, and life-boat equipment, complying with all the United States regulations. In addition, the company deals in shipyard supplies, oakum, caulking cotton, locust treenails, spikes, clinch rings, and other related articles. Handling the best and most reliable articles, he has built up his business to success. Mr. Galbraith is a member of Ramapo Masonic Lodge, No. 589, Suffern, New York, the Community Club of Suffern, and the Meridian Club of New York City.