Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
The grandparent of Comfort Ranney was a native of Connecticut; emigrated to Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, and purchased
eighty acres of land at government prices, of which the public park in the city of Cleveland is now a part. He
engaged in ship-building, putting afloat the first boats of considerable tonnage built at that place. A few years
later he sold his land at a slight advance upon the price he paid, closed out his business, and removed to Summit
County, Ohio, where he passed the remainder of his life, his death occurring in 1834. Luther B., a son, was born
at Hudson, Summit Co., Ohio, Nov. 29, 1809. Farming seems to have particular fascination for him, almost inherent,
as he has continued at that occupation, and now at the advanced age of seventy one manages a large farm, leading
in many of the arduous physical duties required in that calling. Comfort, the subject of this sketch, was born
in Boston, Summit Co., Ohio, on Feb. 7, 1838. He, in company with Leach, Sheldon, and Clark, came to Clinton County
and purchased a large tract of land, erected a steam mill, and engaged quite extensively in the manufacturing of
lumber. Also Ranney, Leach, and Berry in 1879 erected a large custom flouring mill at Bath, which they are still
operating. Since 1874 Mr. Ranney has had the management of the lumber and mill interests. But on the death of his
brother-in-law (Mr. Leach) he leased the mills and returned to their farm in Clinton County, and intends to devote
his time to the irn provement of his farm and rearing of fine stock, in which he has always taken great pride.
Dec. 18, 1868, Mr. Ranney united in marriage with Miss Mary M. Hesser, of Nevada, Wyandot Co., Ohio. They are the
parents of four ehildren, Luther B., Sadie M., Luella, and James.
History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.