30 September 2011

LLoyd H. Stradley

As president of the company which bears his name Lloyd H. Stradley is well known in commercial circles of Detroit, being at the head of a business of extensive proportions. He handles the candies made by the Bunte Company— one of the high class and most popular grades on the market—and his interests are conducted most wisely and capably, resulting in the attainment of a gratifying measure of prosperity. He was born in Dresden, Ohio, August 13, 1873, a son of Harvey and Sarah (Lewis) Stradley, who became the parents of six children, one of the brothers of the subject of this review, Carl R. Stradley, being now associated with him in business.

In the attainment of his education Lloyd H. Stradley attended the public schools of Coshocton, Ohio, and the high school of Martinsburg, after which he became a student in Dennison University at Granville, Ohio. On completing his studies he took up educational work and for two years taught in the rural schools of the state, while for four years he was principal of schools at Mount Vernon, Ohio, doing excellent work as an educator. He then took up business pursuits, becoming traveling salesman for the Swisher Brothers Cigar Company of Newark, Ohio, and also representing the Deshler Cigar Company and the A. Kiefer Drug Company. In 1911 he went to Indianapolis, Indiana, and there engaged in business for himself as a cigar broker, thus continuing until 1912, when he became associated with the Harry W. Watson Company of Flint and Detroit, Michigan. He was identified with that firm until the 1st of January, 1913, when he again established an independent enterprise, opening an office on Bates street in Detroit and conducting his interests under the name of the Lloyd H. Stradley Company. He is at present located at No. 61 Jefferson avenue, having been obliged to seek larger quarters in June, 1918. He handles the well known Bunte confections, a popular and high grade candy, and employs one of the most efficient sales forces in Detroit, having ever made it a point to secure experts in this line, for he has found that the return in service more than offsets the increase in salary. As he ever treats his employes with the utmost consideration and fairness he has secured their hearty cooperation and goodwill and this has resulted in increased efficiency in the operation of the business. He caters to the retail trade in Wayne county and his well known reliability and integrity, combined with his enterprising and progressive methods, have secured for him the confidence and trust of the public, so that his patronage has now reached extensive proportions. He carefully supervises every detail of the business and that he possesses executive ability of a superior order is indicated in the fact that within the past three years the volume of his sales has grown from thirty-seven thousand to five hundred thousand dollars annually, this being one of the largest enterprises of the kind in the city. He has always handled a first-class product in a firstclass manner and has commissioned his sales force to educate the retail dealers to demand a superior article and then supply them with it and this is undoubtedly one of the chief factors in his success. On the 4th of June, 1902, Mr. Stradley was united in marriage to Miss Ida Hopkins and they have become the parents of two daughters: Mary Elizabeth, who was born March 2, 1907; and Marjorie Ellen, born December 3, 1915. In his political views he is independent, casting his ballot in favor of the candidate whom he regards as best fitted for office without considering party ties. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, belonging to Highland Park Lodge, F. & A. M.; to Highland Park Commandery, K. T., No. 53, and to the Consistory and Shrine, and he is also a member of the Birch Hill Country Club and the Detroit Board of Commerce. He is a man of kindly, sympathetic nature and a generous contributor to many charitable projects. His aid and cooperation have been found on the side of progress and advancement at all times and he has ever stood for those forces which work for the uplift of the individual and the betterment of the community at large. What he has accomplished represents the fit utilization of his innate powers and talents. He is alert, ready for any chance for advancement and equally ready to meet any emergency, and a substantial enterprise stands as a monument to his energy, industry and superior business ability.

From: The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922; by Clarence Monroe Burton, William Stocking, and Gordon K. Miller, published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1922, page 37-38.

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