John Howard Beecher Danford

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J H B Danford, owner of The Danford Company


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J H B Danford, owner of The Danford Company
  • John Howard Beecher Danford
  • 4 July 1867
  • 19 March 1942
  • Rebecca Finley ()
  • Samuel M. Danford ()

J. H. B. Danford Founder of The Danford Co.
Excerpts from History of Wayne County, Ohio, Volume 1' [1]

Success has been worthily attained by John Howard Beecher Danford who is today accounted one of the prosperous businessmen and substantial citizens of Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. To his energy, enterprise, careful management and keen discernment his present station in life is attributed. He started upon his career as an independent factor at the bottom of the ladder and is now the proprietor of one of the best business concerns in the city, occupying a conspicuous place in the front rank of her successful citizens.

J. H. B. Danford was reared on the home farm and secured a fair education in the common schools of his home township. When old enough he assumed his share of the labors of the farm and continued to make his home with his parents until 1890. He was then variously employed until about 1893, when he engaged in the furniture business at Pleasant City, where he continued with fair success until 1904. In that year, desiring a wider scope for business, he came to Wooster, and on March 8, 1905 he bought a half interest with H. B. Christine furniture dealer, and in December of the same year he bought his partner’s interest, since which time he has been sole proprietor.

The business has steadily grown and is now the largest furniture store in Wooster. Mr. Danford occupies three floors and a basement, each thirty-two by one hundred and seventy-five feet in size, and the stock carried is in every respect up to date, being carefully selected and well displayed. In connection with the general line of furniture and household furnishings, Mr. Danford also carries on an undertaking business. In this line also he is very successful, being himself a licensed embalmer. He is accommodating and painstaking and is one of the most popular funeral directors in the county.