Biography of James C. Gaffney
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





James C. Gaffney is among the best known business men of Columbus, where he is president and general manager of the Gaffney Finance Company. He was born at White Cottage, near Zanesville, Ohio, February 9, 1885, the son of Frank and Alcinda (Cherry) Wiles Gaffney.

Frank Gaffney was born at Zanesville, Ohio, and until his retirement in 1924 was recognized as a highly successful farmer and stockman. He is eighty four years of age. His wife, the widow of John Wiles, died in August, 1929, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville. By her first marriage Mrs. Gaffney had three sons: Frank, John M., and Charles C. Wiles. To Frank and Akinda (Cherry) Wiles Gaffney were born four children: James C., the subject of this sketch; Mary, the widow of William Gaffney, lives at Zanesville; Emma, married George Emerson, lives at Zanesville; and Hartson, lives near Zanesville.

James C. Gaffney attended the public schools of Zanesville and was fifteen years old when he came to Columbus. Later, he returned to Zanesville and was graduated from high school there. His first business connection was with the James S. Kirk Soap Company, of Chicago, as a traveling representative. He was subsequently identified with the Ross Bros. Soap Company, of Columbus, spent five years with the New York Finance Company, fifteen years with the Ohio Finance Company, and in March, 1927, organized the Gaffney Finance Company, with offices at 180 North High Street. The company makes a specialty of chattel loans on automobiles and furniture.

In 1907 Mr. Gaffney was united in marriage with Miss Irene Spring, the daughter of George and Margaret Spring, Columbus. Mr. Spring died in 1918 and his wife died in 1919. Both are buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Columbus. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gaffney: George A., a graduate of Aquinas College, is associated with the Gaffney Finance Company; Margaret, married Ralph Lombard, and they live in Columbus; James, identified with the Lattimer Stevens Company, Columbus; Gertrude, Alberta, Dorothy, Betty Jane, Mary, and Thelma, all students.

Mr. Gaffney and his family are members of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, and he belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Loyal Order of Moose, and Fraternal Order of Eagles. The Gaffney residence is at 235 South Hague Avenue.

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


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