Making the Right Connections
2019 marks 100 years since a man of great generosity and little ego, Titus B. Schmid, founded a company dedicated to conducting business in a Midwestern small town. Committing to a smaller community and its local electrical contractors allowed Titus to build close relationships with customers and receive a more intricate understanding of their businesses and the electrical industry. His mission was to stay connected.
As we’ve grown to become a Top 10 Electrical Distributor, we’ve remained committed to staying connected. Connected to our customers, communities, suppliers and employees. Now with the supplier partnerships, talent and resources of a national company, we’re proud to still consider those we do business with part of our rich history, part of our success and part of our Crescent family.
Connected to our Heritage
As we look towards our next 100 years, we understand the importance of staying connected to the original mission and values established by Titus B. Schmid. Take time to enjoy the historical reflections of Mary Daugherty, a Schmid family descendant and historian, and discover how leadership and the drive toward prosperity can also fuel compassion, generosity and community.
Innate in Titus’ DNA was the understanding that life’s achievements depend on an ability to work well with people. Titus, and his sons after him, spent their lives building relationships, giving their all to their business associates, and the communities in which they lived.
Our family is composed of people who have chosen many different careers paths - educators, medical professionals, business people, bankers, lawyers, volunteers, homemakers and even Emmy winners! However, we were all taught from a very early age the importance of putting family and faith first in our lives.
In an earlier vignette we discussed Titus Sr, and his sons, Alphonse, Titus and Albert’s involvement in building business and civic relationships in the Dubuque community. It is no surprise that this tradition of giving back to the community was carried on by Titus B. Schmid, Crescent’s Founder.
Many say Notre Dame’s fortunes in football begin with Knute Rockne’s first undefeated season in 1919, which ironically overlaps with the founding of Crescent Electric. It is little wonder, then, that Crescent’s founder, Titus Schmid, turned to Notre Dame to educate his sons, as both Crescent Electric and Notre Dame began to make headlines.
Tom Schmid, while awaiting his draft number in his last semester at Notre Dame, was accepted into the General Electric Business Training School. Learn more about his denied request for deferral and his induction into the army for Selective Service training.
What may tear some families apart, served only to grow the Schmid family closer. Discover the succession planning success of our 100 year old, family-owned company.
From the time Titus’ sons became involved in the business, to Tom’s promotion to President of the company in 1966; this article details the growing business that is still held by the family today.
Titus was a prolific writer, sending frequent letters to family members regarding the business. This article details the challenges of business ownership in Titus’s own handwriting. Join us as we explore the notes and correspondence written by Titus from 1966 through 1982.
In this countdown to our 100th Anniversary, we look at the passion Titus had for growing the business. This article captures the first 50 years of company history as told by Titus in his book, along with news clippings, and stories shared by his children.
Explore the young entrepreneurial spirit of Crescent Electric Founder, Titus B. Schmid. From real estate investments in Canada, to farms in Minnesota and Iowa, Titus garnered a wealth of experience that finally led him to electrical sales and distribution.
In this countdown to our 100th Anniversary, we look at the first Schmid family buisness in Dubuque - the Schmid Brewery.
We're celebrating the countdown to our 100th Anniversary by sharing our stories from our past. The history of our founder, Titus B. Schmid, and all those that impacted him, play a vital role in the creation of Crescent Electric Supply Company. Join us as we take a stroll down memory lane.