Lloyd E. Sturm. - An important factor in the business life of Columbus is Lloyd E. Sturm, who is president of
the Sturm & Dillard Company, with offices in the Huntington National Bank Building. Sturm & Dillard Company
are railroad contractors whose work has formed an important part of the great system of rail transportation lines
as they now cross and re cross the midwest and southerly states of the country. This organization is one of the
noted railroad building firms of the middle west. Its president, Mr. Sturm, has seen the science of railroad construction
advance from the methods of pioneer railroad builders and has himself taken a part in that change, contributing
at times new methods and materials to this important American enterprise. Mr. Sturm has for half a century been
a builder of railroads and the firm of Sturm & Dillard has for years executed contracts of genuine importance
to the industrial and commercial interests of the rich middle west.
Mr. Sturm made his first connection with railroad construction in 1880 in Washington County, Ohio, where the Baltimore
& Ohio Railroad had an extensive program under way. He engaged in this type of work continuously for four years
and in 1884 established his own organization as a railroad contractor. Among his first contracts were included
construction for the Fairmont, Morgantown & Pittsburgh Railroad from Fairmont, West Virginia, to Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, which is now part of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad System; the Ohio River Railroad, of Wheeling,
West Virginia, to Kenova, now a part of the Baltimore & Ohio System. His services and his organization were
retained exclusively by the Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1898 and for a number of years under that contract
he laid railroads through West Virginia and Ohio. From 1902 until 1904 he was continuously at work on the construction
of the Norfolk & Western's Big Sandy Line in West Virginia. In 1905 he established his offices in Columbus.
Among the larger contracts executed by Mr. Sturm's organization from Columbus headquarters have been the construction
work for the Southern Railway, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, the Louisville & Nashville, and the Baltimore
& Ohio Railroad.
Mr. Sturm was born at Enterprise, Harrison County, Virginia, now West Virginia, in 1860, the son of John F. and
Harriet Virginia (Harrison) Sturm. He is descended in direct line from pioneer American stock. His paternal great
grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War, and was among a band of trailbreakers who went from Maryland to open
up land and establish homesteads in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but they continued westward in 1796 and
crossed the mountains into Harrison County, now West Virginia. In that district he established his home and five
generations of his descendants have been constructive citizens and community leaders. Lloyd E. Sturm studied in
the public schools and at the age of seventeen began to teach school, which he continued for several years. He
undertook further studies at the same time and at the age of twenty years embarked on his career as a railroad
builder, beginning as stated above. The Sturm & Dillard Company also maintains offices at Syracuse, Indiana.
Mr. Sturm was married on February 12, 1890, to Miss Nellie F. O'Connor, of Portsmouth, Ohio. They have three daughters:
Margaret H., lives at home; Harriet, married W. L. Avery at Caldwell, New Jersey; and Janet Eleanor, married Louis
E. Madden of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mr. and Mrs. Sturm have two grandchildren, Billy and Betty Avery.
Mr. Sturm is a member of the Athletic Club of Columbus, and a charter member of the Scioto Country Club.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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