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Franklin B. Ward (1873-1946)
Bay City industrials.
  • Transcribed (Mar 2005)
  • The Bay City Times - Thursday, February 7, 1946.

    Former Bay City Industrialist Dies.

    Franklin B. Ward, 72, Dies at Franklin Hills.

    Former Bay City industrialist and horticulturalist, Franklin B. Ward, 72, died this morning at 3 o'clock leaving here about 15 years ago, he had been living in Franklin Hills, Oakland county with his wife, the former Elizabeth Bousfield, and two daughters, Mary Elizabeth, and Barbara B.

    Once prominent in Bay City's industrial picture, Mr. Ward for many years was associated with the Hanson-Ward Veneer Co., then surely-known in furniture marts of the world. He later headed the Radiomaster Co., which he formed after the first World War. This concern manufactured cabinets for radios.

    The veneer company, located at Cass avenue and Harrison street, turned out veneered panels and furniture parts which ranked with the finest made in the world. It was organized in 1903, pioneering the manufacturing of built-up tops and panels.

    After World War I, Ward acquired the former Bousfield Co., which at one time had been the largest pail manufacturing concern in the country. This firm had been owned by Mrs. Ward's father, {A. E. Bousfield}.

    With the advent of the automobile the veneer company, in which Mr. Ward played a leading part, manufactured instrument boards, coil box parts, seat lids and other wood products needed in the automobile trade.

    He served as president of the Veneer Manufacturers' Association before his retirement in 1932.

    For eight years Mr. Ward was director of the First National and Bay County Savings banks. Elected in 1923, he served until 1931.

    Horticulture was probably closest to Mr. Ward's heart and after retirement from active life about 15 years ago, he lived quietly, spending most of his time in gardening, lecturing before horticulture groups, and serving as consultant.

    Mr. Ward acquired a national reputation as a rose grower and won innumerable awards for development of different varieties of the flower. Probably his most famed roses, and well- remembered by Bay Cityans, were his Indian Maid and Mary D. Ward.

    Born in Pontiac, Nov. 23, 1873, Mr. Ward was married here Jan. 2, 1903. Before coming to Bay City, he attended Orchard Lake Military Academy. Surviving beside the widow and the two daughters with whom the couple lived are two other daughters, Mrs. James Trosch, of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Robert J. Wilhelm, of Bay City; two sons, A. Bousfield Ward, of Chillwack, Birtish Columbia; and Franklin, of Westchester, Virginia; and two grandchildren, Ward and Cania Wilhelm of Bay city.

    Funeral arrangements are incomplete although the body will be brought to Bay City. Private rites are planned at the Hyatt chapel and burial will be in Elm Lawn cemetery. Friends are asked to please omit flowers.

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    Bay City Rotary Club
    {Hanson-Ward Co.}photo
    Bousfield Wooden-ware.
    People Referenced
    Bousfield, Alfred E.
    Ward, A. Bousfield
    Ward, Barbara B.
    Ward, Elizabeth (Bousfield)
    Ward, Franklin
    Ward, Mary Elizabeth
    Trosch, James Mrs.
    ?, Cania (g-child)
    ?, Ward (g-child)
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    Bousfield Co.
    Cass ave.
    Chillwack, B.C.
    Franklin Hills, MI
    Hanson-Ward Veneer Co.
    Harrison st.
    Oakland Co., MI
    Orchard Lake Military Acad.
    Pontiac, MI
    Radiomaster Co.
    Veneer Manfacturer's Assoc.
    Washington, D.C.
    Westchester, VA
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