Richland County Shelby Chapter
Of The Ohio Genealogical Society
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SHEETS PRINTING CO.
BUSINESS FORMS INC.
American corporations, Shelby Business Forms Inc. started small.
1896, Mr. Henry Sheets purchased a heavily-mortgaged
Richland County Republican, which was published twice weekly.
immediately changed its name to the Shelby Republican and made
Sheets main interest
was in the newspaper business, but included
his purchase was a job printing department. After a short time,
department receiving more and more of his thoughts and attention.
that most of the local merchants were keeping their sales records
scraps of paper, he conceived the idea of a duplicate sales book,
1898, the Sheets Printing Company was born.
were the problems and difficulties that lay ahead. On December
live coals from the stove, which was used to keep the pressroom
onto the floor, and all his hopes and dreams went up in flames.
he moved to a new location, and in a few months was back
struck again in April, 1903. Excessive rain caused the river
and three feet of water went flowing through his plant. After
receded, the plant was cleaned up, new stock purchased, and
the third time, the young company was dealt a devastating blow.
same fall, the rains came again, and again the water was flowing
his plant. Being unwilling to call it quits, in a short time
again resumed. However, plans began formulating to erect a building
the flood area.
July 16, 1904, The Shelby Printing Company was incorporated.
year a brick building, 40 by 80, was built on our
that date, our growth has been steady and healthy. The birth
of one of
famous books, the Shelbytrip, revitalized our Company and gave
1918 we acquired the simple Account Salesbook Company of Fremont,
and changed our name to The Shelby Salesbook Company. By 1937
research and introduction of new products and machinery resulted
need of additional manufacturing and administrative facilities.
ten years, engineers were once again surveying the grounds for
expansion, and in 1947 much needed space was under construction.
January 25, 1963, we acquired the name, Shelby Business Forms,
same year Management began thinking seriously of another expansion
After many months of planning, their thoughts and ideas began
materialize; and on August 4, 1964, ground was broken for the
expansion in the history of our Company.
1967 we became a subsidiary of GAF Corporation and in 1968 became
of this fast growing Company and acquired the name, GAF Business
June 1, 1979 UFORMA Inc. purchased the operation and returned
name to Shelby Business Forms Inc.
new products have been introduced recently, including optically
price tickets, and a number of new business forms for use in
and financial institutions.
from that very humble beginning, approximately 750 employees
engaged producing almost every type of business form in the industry-and
is being done with the most up-to-date equipment available-and
the largest and modern printing plants in America.
75th Anniversary book of The Shelby Salesbook Company
E. Sheets firmly believed that
there is a plan in life in which we
a part. This can best be explained by one of his quotations,
future as successful men and women depends on the foundations
which our life is built. It was this motivating force plus
that was chiefly responsible for the founding of The Shelby
E. Sheets passed away on Wednesday,
July 25, 1956, but he
behind an indelible mark on the history of our Company.
of Dutch and German parentage, in Ashland, Ohio, on March 18,
Henry E. Sheets was destined to a
life of ups and downs, sorrow
joy, hope and disappointment; but with it all, he found a great
in the long season granted to him by his Maker on this earth.
Henrys youth he always had a jobeven if it meant
These tough, tiring jobs, without a doubt, had much to do with
up the tremendous stamina in a man, who was to need every
of fortitude contained in a human body, during the early years
business career. Henrys extra efforts, and the encouragement
enabled him to complete one year in college during the difficult
of the Eighties, which meant many sacrifices.
1887, at the age of 22, Henry Sheets witnessed a serious
Ashland, and it was his account of this accident, that opened
for him in newspaper work. Starting as a correspondent
the Mansfield Herald, he later obtained work with the Pittsburgh
there to work for the Marion Star under Warren G. Harding.
about a year and a half, Henry Sheets went back to the Pittsburgh
a short time, then returned to Ashland to become a partner in
Gazette. The excitement of the times in the newspaper business,
him into work with special edition newspapers in many States.
1890, he purchased the Richland County Republican, and set up
Shelby as the Shelby Republican.
a part of the newspaper plant, there was a job printing department.
the first year of operation, Henry made the first sales book
Shelby, for a local grocer. He became interested in the production
and soon found himself engulfed in the salesbook business.
Sheets is credited with developing
the Shelbytrip style of
Salesbook, Protecto-Tint, and being the stimulating urge
many other developments. His greatest achievements, however,
in the field of selling. He devoted himself to the difficult
the large accounts. Many of his customers are still served by
Salesbook Company. Here again, was an ideal, simply stated
one of his quotations, Reputations are built on honesty
delivery of the things promised. Growth is only possible where
is no deviation from the things which are pleasing to the customer.
Company began on ideas, he said, and it is my belief
controlling element that makes for final success is the continued
the past half century in which Henry E. Sheets was associated
this Company, he held the offices of Vice-President, President,
and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
to the end of his career, the past was history to Henry Sheets, and
future held bright prospects. He continually looked ahead unselfishly,
his participation at the meetings of the Board of Directors,
the rugged character of a very unusual man.
75th Anniversary book of The Shelby Salesbook Company
Friday, 23 Jul 1897 SHEETS, Mr. Henry of this
WAGONER, Miss Jeannette J.
of Ashland OH on Monday evening,
Friday, 17 Jun 1898 SHEETS, Mrs. Janette died
home of her mother (Mrs. Thomas WAGGONER) in Ashland OH Friday.
was a teacher in Ashland schools for many years & married
last July to
Shelby OH, 17 Jul 1900 Announcements were made
the wedding of Henry E. SHEETS & Miss Lida Marie
on 4th Jul at Gambier OH. A reception will be held on 24th July
the home of Mr. & Mrs. John WOLFE,
E. Sheets; bn. 18 Mar 1865 Ashland
OH; d. 25 Jul 1956 Shelby OH;
St. Marks Episcopal Church; Founder of Salesbook Co. &
the Shelby Republican newspaper. Survivors: wife Lida; 2 daus.
Robert Bussom & Mrs. Donald
Kinsell; 1 grandson Robert
of Shelby; Burial Oakland Cem.
Lida M. Sheets of Shelby OH; bn.
5 Apt 1878 Shelby OH; d. 10 Dec
Widow of Henry E. Sheets; Survivors: dau. Mrs.
W. Robert Bussom
Shelby; a grandson Robert S. Bussom of Columbus; a great
sister Mrs. Marie Jollay of Winterhaven FL;
Burial Oakland Cem.
- The above articles
originally appeared in the Shelby Spirits Newsletter
were contributed by the Shelby Genealogy Society.
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