Biography of Aaron L. Kelsey
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Aaron Lufkin Kelsey, vice president of The Kelsey & Freeman Lumber Cothpany, is of the third generation of the name to be connected with the business established by his grandfather sixty six years ago. Mr. Kelsey was born in Toledo on June 14th, 1886, only son of Hiram Reeve and Alice Gladstone (Young) Kelsey and grandson of Aaron Lufkin Kelsey, a pioneer business man of Toledo. Mr. Kelsey became an official of the corporation in 1918 upon its reorganization following the death of his father the year previous. Of the present corporation and its predecessors it is said that there is scarcely a block in Toledo today that does not contain building materials that were furnished by this firm. Business houses, industrial plants, mansions and homes in every section of the city owe much of their beauty and permanence to the quality of lumber provided by this organization. The success of the enterprise is due not alone to the progressive commercial methods followed but also to the unassailable reputation which the house has always enjoyed for integrity and fair dealing. This corporation conducts two yards. carrying an extensive stock of lumber and building materials, and while the lumber is no longer secured from the neighboring state of Michigan, where the supply has been practically exhausted, it is shipped in from all sections of the United States and Canada. An advisory and plan department is maintained at the Indiana Street yard to aid the homebuilders in selecting appropriate plans and grades and sizes of materials best adapted to economical and satisfactory construction. This branch of the business is maintained without added cost to the patrons and is of great value to them. The Summit Street yard at Summit street and New York avenue èontains the only stock of large white pine lumber and large timbers in northwestern Ohio and a wholesale as well as retail business is there conducted, the plant supplying many eastern firms. The combined interests of these two yards constitute one of the largest retail lumber companies of Ohio. With the growth of the city the business has kept pace through all the intervening years since its establishment two thirds of a century ago. Today electric milling equipment is replacing the original rude sawmill machinery and motor trucks are used in delivery, while every facility of modern business methods is employed to. take care of the trade and increase the output. Thus in the third generation of. the family the business is carried on with results commensurate to Toledo's greatness and the Aaron Lufkin Kelsey of the present day is bearing well his part amid modem conditions and opportunities, just as did the Aaron Lufkin Kelsey (I), his grandfather, who was the founder and original promoter of the undertaking.

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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