Biography of Ralph W. Sanborn
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Ralph W. Sanborn, who is president of the Buckeye Stages, Inc., is one of the prominent and successful business executives of Columbus. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 14, 1888, the son of Horace R. and Rose (Home) Sanborn.

Horace R. Sanborn, who lives retired in Cleveland, was for many years identified with the Union Trust Company as assistant vice president. He resigned from that office in 1928. Mr. Sanborn is a Republican and has served as a member of the Ohio Legislature since 1923. He holds membership in the Congregational Church, and is an active member of the Knights of Pythias. His wife, born in Cleveland, died in May, 1924, and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland. Their children were: Grace, married Col. Frank E. Locke, who served throughout the World War, lives in Chicago; Ralph W., the subject of this sketch; Robert H., a World War veteran, lives in Cleveland; and Norman P., who also served during the World War as an ensign in the United States Navy, lives in Detroit, Michigan.

Ralph W. Sanborn attended the public schools of Cleveland and began his college career at University of Michigan. He then entered Baldwin Wallace College, Cleveland, Ohio, from which he received the degree of LL. B. in June, 1914. He engaged in the practice of his profession as a lawyer in Cleveland with the firm of Sanborn & Smith until 1918 and then the firm was known as Sanborn, Rich & McConnell until 1924, at which time Mr. Sanborn was associated in practice with a Mr. Nacey. On July 1, 1926, he came to Columbus and at that time incorporated Buckeye Stages, Inc., of which he is president. P. R. Guthrie is vice president, and W. M. Gerrow is treasurer. The company's offices are located at 514 West Rich Street, with bus terminal on Town Street. Buckeye Stages, Inc., operate between Cincinnati and Cleveland and have a fleet of sixty busses. They employ 150 people. Buckeye Stages, Inc., is conceded to be one of the largest and best equipped bus companies in the state of Ohio. During 1924-25 Mr. Sanborn was president of the Ohio Motor Bus Association, and during 1926 held the office of president of the National Motor Bus Association.

On December 9, 1916, Mr. Sanborn was united in marriage with Miss Marion G. Herrick, of Cleveland, a cousin of the late Myron T. Herrick, ambassador to France. She is the daughter of Col. J. F. and Flora (Warring) Herrick. He served throughout the Civil War and died in Cleveland in 1910. His wife died in 1914. Both are buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland. To Mr. and Mrs. Sanborn have been born five children, as follows: Jean Elizabeth, born May 24, 1918; Ralph W. Jr., born September 21, 1919; Marjorie Herrick, born October 20, 1921; John Herrick, born May 5, 1924; and Marion Alice, born November 15, 1926.

Mr. Sanborn is a Republican in politics and served as municipal court judge of East Cleveland, Ohio, from January 1, 1917, until July 1, 1920, when he resigned. He is affiliated with Windemere Lodge No. 627, Free & Accepted Masons, Windemere Chapter No. 203, Windemere Council No. 113, Heights Commandery No. 76, Al Koran Shrine, and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Columbus Athletic Club, Scioto Country Club, and Tippecanoe Club of Cleveland. His wife holds membership in the Church of Christ, Scientist. The family residence is at 1975 Arlington Avenue, Columbus.

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


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