Preston W. Lupher is the vice-president and general manager of the Logan Natural Gas & Fuel Company of Lancaster, Ohio. A native of Venango county Pennsylvania, he was born in the year 1857. His father, Wesley Lupher, was also a native of the Keystone state and died when his son Preston was about three years old. The mother, Mrs. Margaret Lupher, was also a native of Pennsylvania and upon the death of her husband was left in moderate circumstances with the care of a little family. The subject of this review began his education in the common schooIs, where he remained until his thirteenth year and then started out to make his own way in the world. For sometime thereafter he was employed at various kinds of labor. In 1865, when the work of developing the oil fields of Pennsylvania was begun, he made his way to that locality, where he was employed for a time. He afterward began business on his own account in the oil regions in connection with other parties. In 1875 he became interested in a store there and later was known as an oil producer, being interested in wells in Clarion county, Peimsylvania.


In the year 1878, Mr. Lupher removed to Bradford, Pennsylvania, and in connection with his brother, C. A. Lupher, under the firm style of Lupher Brothers, operated in the oil regions in that locality until 1883, when he disposed of his interests and went to North Dakota. There he purchased a tract of land and engaged in wheat raising for six years, on the expiration of which time he returned to the state of liis nativity, establishing his home in Pittsburg, where he engaged in dealing in and handling petroleum. The year 1898 witnessed his arrival in Lancaster, where he has since made his home. Here he became associated with the Logan Natural Gas & Fuel Company and superintends its business, having control of its interests in sixteen towns and cities. Later he became vice-president and general manager and has since occupied the position, with headquarters in Lancaster. Few men are better qualified to discharge the duties of the office, for througliout almost his entire life Mr. Lupher has been connected with the business of developing oil wells and operating in this line of business activity. He has so directed his ability and efforts as to gain recognition as one of the representative citizens of Lancaster. His life has been one of untiring activity and has been crowned with a creditable degree of success.


In 1881 Mr. Lupher was united in marriage to Flora I. Remer, and as a result of the union one child, Morton S., was born. He resides with his father and is attending school. Socially Mr. Lupher is a prominent Mason, having taken the degrees of the lodge, chapter and commandery, and also of the Mystic Shrine, being identified with all these bodies in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In his life he exanplifies the beneficent spirit of the fraternity and is known as a valued member of the craft.

 

From A Biographical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, S. J. Clarke Publishing, New York and Chicago, 1902