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Arthur B. Flory1,2

Male
b. circa 1886


Family Dora L. Lower b. 5 January 1884, d. 18 December 1947
Marriage* April 1909  Canton, Stark Co., OH, Principal=Dora L. Lower1,2 
Divorce* between 1930 and 1947  Canton, Stark Co., OH, Principal=Dora L. Lower1,2 
Children  1. Marguerite Flory b. c 1921
  2. Gladys Flory b. c 1923

Birth* circa 1886  Nimishillen Twp., Stark Co., OH2,3 
Marriage* April 1909  Canton, Stark Co., OH, Principal=Dora L. Lower1,2 
Census* 1910  1910 Federal Census, Ohio, Stark County, Canton Township, Canton, Ward 6, ED: 181, Series: T624, Roll: 1230, Page: 189B, April 15
Sheet 1B, 215 Ninth Street
70, 15, 27, Flory, Arthur B, Head, M, W, 23, M, 11/12, , , Ohio, United States, Ohio, , , English, Agent, Insurance, W, No, 0, Yes, Yes, , R, , H, , , ,
71, 15, 27, Flory, Dora L, Wife, F, W, 26, M, 11/12, 0, 0, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, None, , , , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,2 
Biography* 1916  A. B. FLORY. The phenomenal success which has been gained by A. B. Flory, of Canton, has made his name as familiar as a household word to the people of this city, in connection with the grocery business. Entering this field in 1910, in a modest way, he has directed his activities with such energy and progressive methods that at this time he is the owner of a chain of fourteen retail grocery stores, twelve at Canton and the others at New Berlin and Louisville, an adjunct of which is a large bakery establishment.

Mr. Flory was born on his father's farm in Nimishillen Township, Stark County, Ohio, June 16, 1886, and is a son of Jacob and Leah (Stoner) Flory, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Stark County. The parents were married here and spent their lives on the farm until 1903, when the family moved to Canton, the father being engaged in the real estate and produce business here up to the time of his death, October 16, 1914. A. B. Flory made his home on the farm until the family moved to Canton, and his education was secured in the public schools and the Actual Business College. When only twelve years of age he displayed the possession of industry and ambition when he began selling newspapers in Canton, and continued in that line until 1910. He won promotion through his faithful and able performance of duty, and finally became manager of the circulation department of the News-Democrat, now the Daily News. During a part of this period he had employed his spare time and added to his income by working in the real estate and insurance business. In 1910 a change in the ownership of the newspaper caused him to leave the field in which he had made such a success, and he turned his attention at that time to mercantile lines, establishing a retail grocery store at No. 221 Second Street, Northwest, which was destined to become No. 1 of a chain of fourteen stores. This store had a floor space of 1,500 square feet, and the extent of the development of Mr. Flory's operations may be seen in the fact that the combined floor space of his present stores is 37,000 square feet. In 1912 Mr. Flory established Store No. 2, at 1234 Market Avenue, South ; Store No. 3, at 1226 Tuscarawas Street, East, and Store No. 4, at No. 804 Cherry Avenue, Northeast. In 1913 he established Store No. 5, at 1726 Navarre Road, and Store No. 6, at No. 718 Sixth Street, Southwest. In 1914 he established Store No. 7, at 231 Second Street, Southeast; Store No. 8, at 824 Market Avenue, South, and Store No. 9, at 832-34 Gibbs Avenue, Northeast, Canton, and Store No. 10, at the corner of Chapel and Main streets, Louisville. In 1915 he established Store No. 11, on Main Street, New Berlin ; Store No. 12, at 1651 Tuscarawas Street, East, Canton ; Store No. 13, at 2320 East Lake, and Store No. 14, at 2080 Ninth Street, Southwest. In 1912, realizing the need of securing fresh bread, cakes, rolls, cookies, buns and fine pastries for his customers, Mr. Flory entered the baking business, establishing a plant at No. 231 Second Street, Southeast, where he employs six bakers. Mr. Flory employs in his various establishments more than sixty people, and in 1915 did a business which exceeded $314,000. Not yet thirty years of age, Mr. Flory has already accomplished more in a business way than most men achieve after a lifetime of steady application and earnest industry. His establishments are models of order, in which may be found the finest of staple and fancy groceries. He is familiar with all the details of the business, and in the short space of five years has become one of the foremost figures in the retail grocery trade in the city, his judgment being accepted as final by his associates in the business. While his great business responsibilities have demanded his attention almost to the exclusion of all other activities, he is not indifferent to the pleasures of companionship with his fellows, and is popular with his fellow-members in the Adcraft Club and the Moose.

Mrs. Flory was formerly Miss Dora Lower, of Canton.3 
Census 1920  1920 Federal Census, Ohio, Stark County, Canton Township, Canton, Ward 7, ED: 68, Series: T625, Roll: 1435, Page: 232A, January 6
Sheet 18A, 1523 Cleveland Avenue N.W.
17, 427, 458, Flory, A B, Head, O, M, M, W, 32, M, , , , Yes, Yes, Ohio, , Pennsylvania, , Ohio, , Yes, Grocer, Owner Store, Em,
18, 427, 458, Flory, Dora, Wife, , , F, W, 35, M, , , , , Yes, Yes, Ohio, , Ohio, , Ohio, , Yes, None, , ,4 
Census 1930  1930 Federal Census, Ohio, Stark County, Canton Township, Canton, Ward 1, ED 76-6, Series: T626, Roll: 1869, Page: 61A, April 8
Sheet 6B, 338 Fourth Street N.W.
63, 123, 189, Flory, Arthur B, Head, R, 46, , No, M, W, 21, M, 20, No, Yes, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , 59, , , , , Yes, Commercial Salesman, Drugs, 4240, O, Yes, , No, ,
64, 123, 189, Flory, Dora, Wife-H, , , , No, F, W, 46, M, 24, No, Yes, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , 59, , , , , Yes, None, , , , , , , ,
65, 123, 189, Flory, Marguerite, Daughter, , , , No, F, W, 8, S, , Yes, Yes, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , 59, , , , , , None, , , , , , , ,
66, 123, 189, Flory, Gladys, Daughter, , , , No, F, W, 6, S, , Yes, Yes, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , 59, , , , , , None, , , , , , , ,5 
Divorce* between 1930 and 1947  Canton, Stark Co., OH, Principal=Dora L. Lower1 

Citations
  1. [S260] Ohio Deaths 1908-1953.
  2. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S816] John H. Lehman, OH, Stark Co., Standard History.
  4. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.


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