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W. A. Drake Dayton, Ohio

Business Men of Dayton 1905-1906

Gilbert P. Burrows to William P. Graybill


W. A. Drake


This is W. A. Drake, a Dayton wholesale lumber deal, with a national reputation. He began business in 1880 as a retailer, sold his retail business in 1885 and went north and engaged in the wholesale lumber business as a traveling representative, continuing as the same until 1893. He began the wholesale business in Dayton in 1893. He is one of the progressive, up-to-date businessmen of Dayton and an expert on all grades of lumber.

He has an extensive trade, covering Ohio, Southern Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and part of West Virginia. He has representatives on the road and also does a large mail business. House building material comprises his line.

Mr. Drake is a regular attendant at all the important meetings of Lumbermen and is a member of various associations. Mr. Drake is known for strict integrity and is very popular with the trade. Notwithstanding manufacturers of lumber are continuously advancing prices. Mr. Drake says they are all behind in orders, which proves the market to be in a healthy condition and likely to continue so during the fall and winter. Mr. Drake’s offices are located in the Callahan Bank Building. He is largely interested in several prosperous enterprises.

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