Curry Lumber & Pole Building Co.

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Curry Lumber & Pole Building Co.
Trading name Curry Lumber, D. C. Curry Lumber Company 1901- Wooster Planning Mill, D. C. Curry & Company 1868-1901, James Curry & Sons 1866-1868, James Curry 1853-1866
Type Building Material / Garden Equipment and Supplies
Industry Construction; Retail
Fate Dissolved
Founded Wooster, Ohio (1853 (1853)) Incorporated June 20, 1901
Founder(s) James Curry
Headquarters Wooster, Ohio 1853-1921; Wooster, Ohio, 1921-, United States
Area served 331 W Henry St, Wooster, Ohio
Key people D. C. Curry son 1864- ; John R. Curry 1854- ; Wellington Curry 1867-


City Directories

  • 1930 Wooster directory, Curry D. C. Lumber Co, The; William R. Curry, President and Treasurer; E. S. Curry, VP; L. M. Mann, Secretary - 371 W. Henry St., p. 98, 233.

Comprehensive History


Historical documents

  • 1901 - Wooster High School annual [1]
  • 1892 - Annual Business Review of Wayne County. 1892.
    • Wooster Planning Mill. - The above cut gives a fair description of the extensive works and lumber years, planing mill and factory of Messrs. D. C. Curry & Co., of this city. These gentlemen are thoroughly equipped to supply all kinds of building supplies, doing not only a large local trade, but manufacturing hard wood stairs and inside finishing, their work adorning many of the prominent buildings throughout the U.S. Among the late orders received by this firm were those for the hard wood stairs and inside finishing of a public building in Washington, D. C., and a large church in Brooklyn, N.Y. In addition Messrs. Curry & Co. are sole manufacturers of the Miller Force Feed Seeder, the latest improved hand seeder in the market for sowing broadcast all kinds of small grain, timothy, clover and grass seeds, as well as being extensively used in sowing land plaster, fertilizers, etc. The machine is durably made of best materials in all its parts, and weighs but five pounds. The shaft on which the force feed cylinder is fastened is made of cold rolled steel; the gearing of best cast iron. The slide regulating amount of the seed to be sown is under the side of box, where scale is plainly marked, and directions given the operator. It is driven in one direction by a crank wheel. It is a regular easy motion, and the amount of seed to be sown is under the entire control of the operator. A better and more thorough description of the Sower can be found in the catalogue issued by the firm.

Messrs. Curry & Co. have conducted a successful business in Wooster for the past 24 years as manufacturers and lumber merchants, and enjoy an enviable position among the mercantile and manufacturing interests of the city. [2]


  • 1853 - Founded by James Curry in Wooster, Ohio
  • 1864 - D. C. Curry joined the company
  • 1867 - Fall, Father and three sons formed partnership and purchased the lumber yard and planing mill of Stibbs & Co
  • 1874 - Partnership with James Curry (father) and three oldest sons (John R., D.C. and Welling) dissolved; Company named D. C. Curry & Company after son (North Street, Wooster)
  • 1876 - February 4, Planing Mill destroyed by fire at 1:04 PM
  • 1878 - May 10, Fire Planing Mill reported by Young's Brewery
  • 1885 - January 29 Fire
  • 1887 - April 13 Fire
  • 1887 - Purchased machinery and leased building formerly occupied by James Curry & Sons (East Liberty Street, Wooster)
  • 1889 - Rebuilt on their old site on North Street, Wooster
  • 1901 - June 20, the D. C. Curry Lumber Company was incorporated in Ohio
  • 1921 - Moved to W. Henry St., Wooster, Ohio
  • 1950 - Curry started building post-frame buildings (pole barns) out of round poles, and are still building post-frame buildings today
  • 2012 - January, David Nally purchased the business. [3]
  • 2018 - Current owner, David Nally announced that he is selling the business to Craig Cox, owner of Springhill Construction in Dundee and the building division will operate from Dundee, Ohio. The lumberyard will close. [4]


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  1. Wooster High School annual. 1901. Wooster, Ohio
  2. Jacksonian, Wooster, Ohio. 1892 Sept 1, p. 1.
  3. Curry Lumber to close after 165 years. Dan Starcher, writer. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 2018 Apr 13.
  4. Curry Lumber to close after 165 years. Dan Starcher, writer. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 2018 Apr 13.
  5. Jacksonian, Wooster, Ohio. 1892 Sept 1, p. 1.
  6. Wooster Daily Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1917-03-22, p. 4

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