Biography of Morton S. Lupher
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Morton S. Lupher who is engaged in the gas and oil producing business, with offices at 150 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, is an outstanding figure in this important industry. He was born at Richburg, New York, December 13th, 1882, a son of Preston W. and Flora (Remer) Lupher.

Preston W. Lupher was born at Bradford, Pennsylvania, in 1856 and his wife was born at Titusville, Pennsylvania, in 1862. They were married in 1881 and to this union one child was born; Morton S., the subject of this sketch.

Morton S. Lupher was reared in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and educated in the public schools there and Grove City College, Pennsylvania. In 1898 he entered Doane Academy at Granville, Ohio, and then attended Denison University until the year 1903, at which time he went west and worked in the cattle country of North Dakota about one year. He returned to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1904 and was employed by The United States Supply Company for several months, when he came to Lancaster, Ohio, and was employed by The Logan Gas Company until 1906. He then engaged in drilling oil and gas wells as a contractor, operating principally in the Utica, Ohio, fields.

At the opening of the Bremen oil fields he entered into partnership with his father and uncle, Cyrus A. Lupher, and they formed the Lupher Oil Company, which is still in successful operation. Later, in partnership with his father, he organized the Lupher Producing Company. During this time he was still active in the contracting business. In the year 1926 he combined his contracting business with Cline Brothers and entered in other partnership organizations with William Cline and others engaged in the production of oil and gas. He and his business associates own large interests in the oil and gas fields at Crooksville and Roseville, Ohio.

In 1908 Morton S. Lupher was married at Lancaster, Ohio, to Miss Zell Rising of Lancaster. She died in 1921 and is buried at that place. She was a daughter of Rudolph and Rose (Sturgeon) Rising, the former a native of Champaign, Illinois, and the latter of Lancaster, Ohio, where they now reside.

To Morton S and Zell (Rising) Lupher were born the following children: Elizabeth, born July 18, 1910, at Lancaster, attended public schools, the Columbus School for Girls, was graduated from Dana Hall in the class of 1929, and is now a student in the Erskine School at Boston, Massachusetts; and Jane Morton, born May 16, 1914, at Lancaster, attended public schools, and is now a student in the Columbus School for Girls. One son died in infancy.

Mr. Lupher is a Republican and the family are members of the Episcopal Church. He is a Knight Templar Mason and a member of the Shrine. He belongs to the Columbus Club, the Columbus Athletic Club, the Rocky Fork Hunt & Country Club and the Lancaster Country Club. He is a lover of all outdoor sports, and especially fond of boating, hunting and fishing. He has a summer home on Crooked Lake, at Alanson, Michigan.

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


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