The Sowers Benbow Lumber Company
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





The Sowers Benbow Lumber Company. - Fair prices, sound lumber and efficient service naturally draw the patronage of those interested in building lines. The Sowers Benbow Lumber Company, with office, mill and yards at 483-549 Neilston Street, by virtue of its well stocked lumber yard and efficient organization, has a background of many years of successful operation. Primarily the business was organized in 1899 by Messrs. W. A. Smith, John K. Sowers, George D. Cross, and Daniel H. Sowers. Originally located at 451 West Broad Street, it was moved to the present location in 1906. During B. A. Leach's association the business was operated as the Sowers Leach Lumber Company. In 1912 John K. Sowers died and in 1922 the name was changed to the Sowers Benbow Lumber Company, of which David S. Benbow is now president and treasurer. Mr. Benbow practically grew up in the business, advancing from a stenographer to the head of the organization.

The company is engaged in both wholesale and retail lumber. Mr. Benbow has been ever active in his efforts with the principal lumber interests of Columbus, in advancing their mutual welfare. The company is a member of the Home Modernizing Bureau, likewise allied with the Builders Exchange, and Columbus Home Builders Association, and Mr. Benbow for some eight years has been a director in the H. H. Giesy Bros. Co., in which they are stockholders.

The Sowers Benbow Lumber Company, distributor since 1914 for the fine Century Oak Flooring, manufactured by the M. B. Farrington Company of Cincinnati, has also added the Cromar fine factory finished flooring, further carrying a wide line of nationally known special building materials.

A modern, electrified mill working plant produces fine mill and cabinet work to order. The establishment occupies some two acres, with private trackage on the Norfolk & Western Railway, and gives employment to twenty skilled workmen. A fleet of six trucks extend expedient delivery service throughout Franklin County.

Close coordination with architects and builders of substantial homes is a feature appreciated by patrons. Many prominent residence builders have been steady customers these many years. Close attention to the finer details of the business and maintaining a reliable lumber supply are factors responsible for the fine record made by the company.

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


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