Biography of David S. Benlow
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





David S. Benbow. - Outstanding among the representative business men and substantial citizens of Columbus is David S. Benbow, who is president and treasurer of the Sowers Benbow Lumber Company, located at 483-549 Neilston Street. He was born in Columbus, May 5, 1883, the son of Stephen S. and Elizabeth (James) Benbow.

Stephen S. Benbow is a native of Wales, and has been a resident of Columbus since 1879. He entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in 1880 and remained with the company continuously until his recent retirement. He is now seventy eight years of age His wife, also born in Wales, died in 1928 at the age of eighty one years and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Benbow three sons survive: James D., who is chief engineer for the Western Wheel Scraper Company, Aurora, Illinois; David S., the subject of this sketch; and Richard T., a draftsman in the employ of the Western Wheel Scraper Company, Aurora, Illinois.

David S. Benbow obtained his education in the public schools of Columbus and throughout his entire business career has been identified with the interests of the lumber company, of which he is now president and treasurer. He began as a stenographer with the company in June, 1900, and advanced steadily to his present responsible position. A complete sketch of the history of the Sowers Benbow Lumber Company appears elsewhere in this history. Elizabeth H. Sowers is now vice president of the company.

On July 12, 1906, Mr. Benbow married Miss Lucy E. Richart, who was a teacher before her marriage. She is the daughter of Laura E. Richart, of Brice, Ohio. Three daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Benbow: Elizabeth, a graduate of Ohio State University, class of March, 1930, is now assistant dietician at the Peoples Hospital, Akron; Ellen Mary is a student of fine arts at Ohio State University; and Julia Alice, attends Upper Arlington school. Another child died in infancy.

Mr. Benbow is an active member of the First Community Church, and belongs to Columbus Lodge No. 30 Free & Accepted Masons, Scioto Consistory and Aladdin Shrine, Community Chapter R. A. M. and is a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, No. 37, Columbus. He is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club, and takes a prominent part in the affairs of the Builders and Traders Exchange, Columbus Lumbermens Exchange, and Columbus Employers Association, and Columbus Home Builders Association. He is president of the Village Commission and mayor of the village of Upper Arlington for 1930 and 1931.

Mr. Benbow and his family live at 2095 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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