Biography of Howard Osborn
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Howard Osborn. - A man of varied activities in business and public life is Howard Osborn. He was born January 13, 1882, in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, the son of Edward S. and Jennie A. (Lynn) Osborn.

Edward S. Osborn was born in Westerville, Ohio, January 8, 1849, a son of Ezra and Lucinda Osborn, early settlers of Franklin County. Edward S. Osborn came to Reynoldsburg in 1872. He was a tinner by trade and was a well known and highly respected citizen of this section. He died in October, 1908. His wife, Jennie A. (Lynn) Osborn was born at Winterset, Guernsey County, Ohio, in April, 1856, the daughter of Adam Lynn, who conducted a general store at that place. He later removed to Pataskala where he operated a cigar factory. In 1888 Mr. Lynn came to Reynoldsburg. Here he began the manufacture of hand made guitars which had a wide sale throughout the country.

To Edward S. Osborn and wife five children were born: Claud M., a clerk in the Columbus post office, lives at Reynoldsburg; Howard, the subject of this sketch; Nellie, married E. E. Connell, hardware merchant, Reynoldsburg; and Walter E., employed in the Ralston Steel Car Works, Columbus. Mrs. Osborn died in 1908.

Howard Osborn attended the public schools of Reynoldsburg. At the age of fourteen he started in business for himself, buying junk, and continued in that business until he was twenty five years of age. From 1917 until 1922 he was engaged in the hardware and implement business. As a merchant he was successful. He began his business career on a limited capital, but by reason of exceptionally good business ability and of closely attending to business, Mr. Osborn prospered. He disposed of his implement business, and is now engaged in the real estate business.

On August 21, 1907, Mr. Osborn married Miss Mayme N. Beck, of Columbus, the daughter of Theodore and Louisa (Worth) Beck. Mr. Beck was county clerk of Franklin County in 1893 and died during his term of office. His widow resides in Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Osborn have no children. They are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Osborn is a Republican and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

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


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