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.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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