Biography of H. M. Benshoff
Cambria County, PA Biographies





H. M. Benshoff, president of the Benshoff Printing Company, is a native of Johnstown. He was born in this city, Dec. 17, 1868, and is a son of John Quincy Adams and Matilda (Arthur) Benshoff.

H. M. Benshoff was educated in the public schools and then entered the Benshoff printing plant, of which his father was the founder and president.

On Nov. 4, 1890, Mr. Benshoff was married to Miss Louise Morgan, a daughter of Hon. William S. and Maggie (Griffith) Morgan, of Quemahoning, Somerset County, Pa. Hon. William S. Morgan was active in state and county affairs. He served several terms as a member of the State Legislature and held many other offices. He was the owner of the well known Morgan Woolen Mills of Quemahoning. Both he and his wife are deceased.

To H. M. and Louise (Morgan) Benshoff the following children were born: Arthur M., a physician, Windber, Pa.; Dr. Harry M., a dentist, Fisher Building, Johnstown; Donald, assistant foreman of the Benshoff Printing Company plant; Ned, vice president and treasurer of the company; Louise, a graduate of Johnstown High School aid Bucknell University, was a teacher in the Johnstown Junior High School, married Paul J. Cupp; and Alice, at home.

Mr. Benshoff and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church. Their home is at 1108 Franklin Street.


The Benshoff Printing Company. In the year 1868 the Benshoff Printing Company had its inception in the little news stand located at what was then 206 Main Street, and was founded by the father of H. M. Benshoff, now president of the, company. The business was successfully operated during the following years and several times larger quarters were required for the expansion due to increased business. Several reverses were suffered by the company, the greatest of which was that dreadful calamity, the Johnstown flood. These reverses, however, did not dishearten the present owner, who as soon as possible after the flood, and after each of the three fires, re-established the business always on a larger and better scale.

In 1922 the plant, then located in the Eighth Ward, was totally destroyed by fire. In looking around for suitable quarters, it was decided to buy the large two-story brick building at 46 Valley Pike, where the plant is now located, occupying the entire second floor and having a floor space of 6,250 square feet; it is admirably suited to the needs of a modern printing plant.

During the present year additional machinery and equipment have been added, making the Benshoff plant not only the largest and most complete in the city of Johnstown, but one of the best equipped plants between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. This company was incorporated Nov. 24, 1924, with the following officers: H. M. Benshoff, president; Ned Benshoff, vice president and treasurer; and E. C. Bell, secretary.


From:
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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