Biography of Harry T. Foard
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Harry Talbird Foard, one of the leading restaurateurs of Toledo, has devoted practically his entire life to the business in which he is now engaged and his success is the direct outcome of broad experience, industry and ability. Mr. Foard is a native of the south. He was born at Henderson, Kentucky, April 15, 1870, a son of Moses D. and Sammie (Smith) Foard, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Kentucky. As a youth the father removed to the Blue Grass state, in which his marriage occurred, and he later engaged in the hardware business, successfully conducting a large establishment of that character at Henderson, Kentucky, until the time of his demise: The mother has also passed away. In their family were five children: W. D. and Mattie, both of whom are living at Owenton, Kentucky, Clarence S., cashier for the Edison Company, of Chicago, Illinois; Jessie, deceased; and Harry T.

The public schools of his native town afforded Harry Talbird Foard his educational opportunities and during the administration of President Cleveland he served as assistant postmaster of Owenton, Kentucky. On the expiration of his term he came to Toledo, where he entered business circles, at first conducting the Madison Hotel, while later he became chief clerk of the St. Charles Hotel, which position he filled successfully for seven years. He then went to Chicago and became connected with the dining car service of the Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroad companies, with which he was identified until 1916. Returning to Toledo, he opened the Waldorf Cafeteria in the Waldorf Hotel and his marked success in that venture led him to establish another cafeteria, his second location being at No. 239 Superior street. He is president of Board's Cafeteria, and is operating two of the largest, best conducted and most widely patronized eating places in the city. His cafeterias have become popular with those of discriminating taste who prefer food of highest quality, prepared in a most appetizing form, and the standard of service is unexcelled. Mr. Board has an economic knowledge of food values and in the control of his business he displays sound judgment, foresight and marked executive ability. Until 1922 he was president and one of the directors of the Waldorf Catering Company and he is now serving as first vice president and a director of the Ohio State Restaurant Men's Association.

On the 27th of December, 1898, Mr. Foard was united in marriage to Miss Sara Davies, Who ably assists her husband in the management of the business. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Davies, are members of one of Toledo's most prominent families. Mr. Foard is a Knights Templar Mason and Noble of the Mystic Shrine and he is also a valued member of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and the Exchange Club. He is a self made man whose, career has been marked by steady advancement, due to his close study of the business to which he has turned his attention and his unquestioned integrity and reliability, and his influence is one of broadening activity and strength in the field in which he is operating, While his personal qualities are such as make for warm and enduring friendship.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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