FEBRUARY ' 23. 3003, JAIIES 11XREERY . DEAD Dry Goods 'Merchant Expired at Aiken, S. C. Flags Half-Maated Half-Maated Half-Maated on Many Establish ments In This City for the M Grand Old Man" of Business. James McCreery. who uo to his retire ment from active business two years ago was the head of the dry goods bouse of araee McCreery A Co.. oa Twenty-third Twenty-third Twenty-third Street near Sixth Avenue, died Thurs day night m Aiken. B. C where he had gone earlier In the Winter with Mrs. McCreery for his health, 'He was la bis seventy-eighth seventy-eighth seventy-eighth year. News of his death reached this rltv vee- vee- terday In the shspe Of a telegram to WiV Ham McCreery. one of his sons, at present connected with the McCreery concern, sad although his serious illness had been known among his acquaintances, the coming of tne ena so soon was not expected. Arrangements Arrangements were made for bringing ths body t6 New York, and William McCreery left for the Bouth yesterday afternoon to meet his mother and come on with the funeral funeral train. The body will arrive here today. today. It Is expected, and the funeral will be hold at the Inwood Presbyterian Church at 8 o'clock Monday afternoon. The Interment Interment will be private. Everywhere throughout the dry roods district' yesterday were to be noted evidences evidences of respect for the dead. Flags were half masted, and there was talk cf closing the Urge departnnt stores during tha funeral tours on Monday. .sM-iaa .sM-iaa .sM-iaa i.rerry was universe uy caiica the "Grand Old Man" et business, aa hs had been known aa the first " merchant prince" of New 'York. His life began In one of the North of Ireland counties ln KM. among the Scotch Presbyterians. hen ne was twenty years old Jaroea Mc-Y,TtT Mc-Y,TtT Mc-Y,TtT came to this country, settled In t.alUmore, and found employment In the dry goods house of Hamilton Kastcr Co. in the later fifties ha became the firm's European representative, and ait remained until the civil war made buaineas anywhere in the country an uncertain thing. Then he came 10 New York to take a position with the dry goods bouse of Upson. Person & Lake, in Broadway, opposite opposite the old Metropolitan Hotel. uy reason ot bis experience and of the me ability that had advanced him before Mr. UcCreerv uw,a tMM.am in. .r v.. 1 ,- ,- Ing men in the trade here. Within threw years Mr, Upson retired from tbe company and Mr. McCreery. buying out the Plerson interest in tne nrm, formed wltn Mr. Lake, the remaining partner, the firm of Lake and McCreery. which continued under that name until 1S07. moving from the original quartera to Broadway and Eleventh Street. When Mr. Lake retired from bualness In 1107. Mr. McCreery organised the firm of James McCreery A Co.. which was destined io continue witnout break or change, except except for the entry of Mr. McCreery s ova sons, until the final retirement of Its founder founder about two years an. Tha roncem area tne largest siia-o.ajlng siia-o.ajlng siia-o.ajlng nouae in the coun. try, ana in connection with his retail business business Mr. McCreery was largely interested In soma silk mUla In Paterson, N. J., which he continued to direct until the later nlne-tiee. nlne-tiee. nlne-tiee. In 1WW Jamea McCreery A Co. had moved from the old Quarters at Eleventh Street to a new store at Twenty-third Twenty-third Twenty-third Street and eixtn Avenue, wnicn took up practically all of the corner made famous bv t he old Booth's Theatre and extended through to Twenly-eeeond Twenly-eeeond Twenly-eeeond Street For a time McCreery A Co. conducted both stores, but later sold out the old business to N. Snellenberg ot x-niiaaeipnia, x-niiaaeipnia, x-niiaaeipnia, continuing in the ewneraiilp of the building, however. Incidental to Mr. Mri'reerv'a retirement from business came the change in tbe nrm i status ana its entry into trie Aim elated Merchants Corporation, with the II. B. Claflin Company and tha Ada ma Lry Goods Company aa the other con stituent parts. This corporation had been formed under a blanket charter obtained In Connecticut ln January of 11 H and waa financed bv J. p Morgan A Co. on tbe naais ot sju.uuu.'uj capital, in the same year the Jamea McCreery Realty Company waa formed to take over Mr. McCreery's very large holdings of real estate through out tne ciiy. idus inciuuea: Th. building est Tweaty-third Tweaty-third Tweaty-third Street aad Blath Aveaae. with tbe southeast corner of Sixth Avenue Avenue and Twenty-third Twenty-third Twenty-third Btreet, with abutuag Tn. oia Btet-recry Btet-recry Btet-recry store, at Ii road way and Eleventh Street. Th. al-.tory al-.tory al-.tory bunding at 110 te 114 Wast Forty-eecond Forty-eecond Forty-eecond Street. The Nevada Apartment House, at Broadway end Amsterdam Aveeue. taklna uo tha entire block bitween Sixty-ninth Sixty-ninth Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Streets. A lx-etory lx-etory lx-etory apartment Souse, at 43 to 44 Kast Twenty-eighth Twenty-eighth Twenty-eighth Street. Th. inwood property, where Mr. McCreery's come waa lorsAeo. A prominent real estate man last nlaht placed rouch estimates on the value of these parcels as follows, exclusive of the East Twenty-eighth Twenty-eighth Twenty-eighth btrcet house: Property at Twenty-third Twenty-third Twenty-third 8 treat and Sixth Ave. Sue. S3.OUO.oilo. Property at Broadway and Eleventh Street. $l.SdU.Ouo. rroperty on rorty aeeona Street, rrsnono. Nevada Apartment House proiny, i.UX),000. la wood home, (M.0uQ. For years Mr. McOreet-v McOreet-v McOreet-v tookr an. ar-M ar-M ar-M pan m tne general airaire of tbe city and served long on the River end Harbor Com mittee of the Chamber of Commerce. In matters of National legislation, particularly eiiet-uns; eiiet-uns; eiiet-uns; ma larui. air. aiccreery nad the keenest Interest and he waa a familiar figure In the corridors ot the Capitol at Washington. He was a member of the del. era t Ion aent to London some time since to reprcreni tne tjnarooer or commerce. He leaves, besides ft, wife, four sons. J. Crawford. Andrew. Robert, and William McCreery. the latter of whom ta connected witn james act:reery at co. Mr. McCreery McCreery wss a member of the Union Iirua t.iua, ot me Jiiaine Association, tne Amer ican ueoarapnicai Bocietv. ana tne Metro politan Museum of Art He was a Director in tne Associated Mercnanta corporation, the Mercantile Trust Company, and the Northampton Portland Cement Company.