Biography of Lloyd E. Sturm
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





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.

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


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