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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TEXAS
IO CRESPI, who since his location in the
heart of the great Texas Cotton district
has been one of the leading cotton merchants
of Waco, gives his attention exclusively
to this commodity and handles a large volume
of export trade. Mr. Crespi came to Waco in
1907 from Milan, Italy, to engage in the cotton exporting
business, and organized the firm of Crespi
and Company. The firm has been a factor in the
cotton export business since its organization, and
has had a prosperous career, attaining a reputation
for sound, progressive business methods. Some
one hundred and fifty thousand bales of cotton annually
go through the office, largely for export.
They have an agency in New York with offices
in the Cotton Exchange Building and branches are
maintained at Bryan, Temple, Galveston, Greenville,
Clarksville and Abilene in this country; with foreign
offices at Milan, Italy; Breman, Germany; Barcelona,
Spain; and Havre, France. Mr. Crespi owns
the building at Waco, a fireproof structure of two
floors, the top floor of which is occupied by the
firm. They have a force of fifty employees to
handle the immense business, and the management
is efficiently conducted. W. C. Helmbrecht is Secretary
and Treasurer of the company. Mr. Crespi has
erected a number of business buildings in Waco
which he owns and has been a potent factor in the
upbuilding of Waco's business district. Mr. Crespi is
President of the Gulf Warehouse Company of Galveston
with storage capacity of 40,000. He is President
of the Fiber Publishing Company of New York,
which publishes the Carriere D'America.
Pio Crespi was born at Milan, Italy, the eleventh
of July, 1881, son of Pietro Crespi of Milan, Italy.
He was educated in his native country, coming to
America to engage in cotton exporting in 1904.
He was in Savannah, Georgia, for three years before
coming to Waco to open his offices here in
1907, and has since made this city his home and
Mr. Crespi was married in New York, in 1905, to
Miss Louise McKinsey, of that city. Since Mr.
Crespi's business interests have been at Waco the
family has made their home in this city, having
one of the attractive homes here, located at 2105
Austin Avenue. They have one son, Pietro. Mr.
Crespi is a member of the New York Cotton Exchange;
The New Orleans Cotton Exchange and the
Liverpool Cotton Exchange. Mr. Crespi is a member
of the Spring Lake and Chelsea Country Clubs,
and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and
all of the principal civic and social organizations
ILLIAM J. NEALE, pioneer resident of
Waco, has taken an active part in the commercial
development of the city and has
been engaged in the cotton business here
for well over forty years. Mr. Neale is the representative
in Central and South Texas of Messrs. Geo.
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Davis, Ellis Arthur & Grobe, Edwin H. The Encyclopedia of Texas, book, [1921..1922]; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21069/m1/615/?q=Pio%20Crespi: accessed January 24, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .