Biography of Joshua Gore
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JOSHUA GORE, sewing machine dealer, Springfield. In an old Springfield Directory of 1852, in a statement of organization, capital and officers of the Springfield Gas & Coke Company, appears as one of the Directors Joshua Gore, the worthy subject of this sketch; to this statement is added, "The city was first lit with gas on the eve of April 4, 1850." Mr. Gore was born in 1812 (a year so memorable in American history), in Baltimore Co., Md.; his father died in the trenches of Bladensberg, in his country's service, in the year of Mr. Gore's birth; hence he was almost orphaned at birth. He came to Springfield in 1836, when it was a village of 1,500, and in 1838 linked his fortunes with those of Miss Rebecca Jane Hughes, of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Gore have only one child - Mrs. Emma M. Miller, residing at Greenfield, Highland Co., Ohio. Mr Gore's business career has been a varied one; he commenced here in the hardware business, was a victim of fire in 1840; clerked a few years; opened a dry goods establishment in 1844, commencing on nothing; after three years, he abandoned dry goods and embarked in the manufacture of boots and shoes, continuing this business until 1852, when, being seized with a violent attack of the California " gold fever," be sold out and turned his face toward the "Occident," as much, however, on account of his health as for anticipated wealth. A sojourn of three years on the Pacific Slope restored his health, but gave him few additional ducats. Returning in 1855, after one year of clerkship he went into the fruit free business, traveling over the South in this interest until the tocsin of war sounded; returning home, he took charge of the hardware business of Col. E. M. Doty, who tried the fortunes of war; taking up the fruit tree business one more year at the close of the war, he then bought out a hat house, added boots and shoes, closed out this business two years ago, and went into the sewing machine business, handling extensively the Domestic and New Home machines, in which he now does a nice, profitable business. Mr. Gore is an honored and consistent Methodist, and his name is a synonym for honesty.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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