Biography of Harlow F. Banfield
Columbiana County, OH

Harlow F. Banfield, a successful business man and highly esteemed citizen of Wellsville, where he resides, is a member of one of the early pioneer families of Ohio. He is president of the Banfield Clay Company, of Irondale, Ohio. Mr. Banfield was born at Leechburg, Pa., in 1881, and is the son of William and Henrietta (Shear) Banfield.

William Banfield, retired, ranks among the pioneer sheet and tin plate manufacturers of the United States. He came to this country from England in 1873 and at an early date settled in Irondale, Ohio, where he engaged in the manufacture of the first commercial tin plate produced in the United States. He also served as vice president of the Follansbee Brothers Company for many years. Mr. Banfield lives retired at Steubenville, Ohio. His wife died in 1903 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Wellsville. They were the parents of the following children: Harlow F., the subject of this sketch; J. W., superintendent of the Follansbee Brothers Company, Toronto, Ohio; W. G., assistant superintendent of the same company; W. P., engaged in business with his brother, Harlow F.; Judson S., an artist, lives in New York City; Kent, married Dr. Joseph J. Scroggs, lives at Beaver, Pa.; and Wilda E., a teacher of domestic science at Rochester, Pa.

Harlow F. Banfield attended the public and high schools of Irondale, was graduated from Lawrenceville (N. J.) School in 1902, and was a member of the 1906 class at Lehigh University. He operated a foundry at Avonmore, Pa., until 1910, at which time he established the Banfield Clay Company at Irondale, which has developed into one of the leading industries of that section. Mr. Banfield's home is in Wellsville, where he has other business interests.

On Sept. 5, 1906, Mr. Banfield was united in marriage with Miss Mary Olive Moore, of Beaver, Pa., and they have three children: William Scott, born June 21, 1909; Mary Alice, born Nov. 30, 1911; and Harlow F., Jr., born April 23, 1915. Mrs. Banfield has the following brothers and sisters: D. A., lives at Beaver, Pa.; Winfield Scott, Jr., an attorney, lives at Beaver, Pa., where he is associated in practice with his father; Josephine, married Fred Orr, lives in Cleveland; and Maude, lives at home. Mrs. Banfield graduated from Beaver College with the class of 1904 and Wells College, Aurora, New York, with class 1905.

Mr. Banfield is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He is one of Columbiana County's excellent citizens.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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