Biography of Frank C. Long
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Frank C. Long, who is identified with Long's Book Store, 1832-38 North High Street, is numbered among the highly successful business men and representative citizens of Columbus. He is also president of the R. G. Adams & Company, publishers of educational textbooks.

Mr. Long was born on a farm in Darke County, Ohio, March 24, 1881, the son of Joseph and Sarah R. (Gordon) Long. He was reared on his father's farm and got his first start in life raising cucumbers. The money to pay for his collegiate course was earned by him as a "pickle grower," and he still has in his possession the little business card used by him as a boy. He came to Columbus in 1898 and entered Ohio State University with meager resources. He did all sorts of odd jobs to pay his expenses and friends testify that during those times his lunch frequently consisted of a banana and a glass of milk. On this sort of fare he did the hardest kind of work, being employed on the University farms, and he also worked for numerous professors as a caretaker.

Mr. Long was graduated from Ohio State University in 1903 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. He immediately founded the College Book Store near the University, and has seen the enterprise grow from a humble beginning to a dominant position in the commercial zone near the University. He retails textbooks and supplies in large quantities to the students of Ohio State University, and also acts as a clearing house for textbooks for all colleges. More than a million textbooks pass through the College Book Store annually.

Mr. Long has been active in the movement in opposition to commercialize liquor courts, and on all public questions his views are informed with admirable sanity and a mellow humanity.

Mr. Long married Miss Ethel Manley, of Shawnee, Ohio. They have two sons, Robert G. and Frank Clark, Jr.

Mr. Long is a member of the Free & Accepted Masons, 32nd degree, Aladdin Temple, and belongs to the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, No. 37, and Kiwanis Club.

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


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