|Birth: ||Jun. 11, 1877|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 1947|
Although a comparatively new man in Fresno, David F. Appling has taken a position as one of the leading merchants of the city. As president of the Valley Hardware Company, he is at the head of a firm doing a large retail and wholesale business in that Une of merchandise. Managed in an efficient and modern way, the business has increased over one hundred percent, in the last five years, and is the largest strictly hardware establishment in the San Joaquin Valley.
A native of West Virginia. Mr. Appling was born in Monroe County, June 11, 1877. He finished school at the age of thirteen, and has since made "his own way in the world, his success in later life being due entirely to his own efforts and enterprise. On finishing his studies he went to Greenbrier County, W. Va., and started to learn the hardware business. He has ever since been engaged in that line of trade, and such concentration of effort has naturally resulted in a most thorough knowledge of the business in all its branches. He next located at Huntington, that state, in the employ of the Emmons, Hawkins Hardware Company, wholesale and retail. He went through all the departments of the establishment, as salesman and traveling salesman, and later became a member of the firm and manager of the retail department.
In 1910, Mr. Appling sold out his interest in the eastern firm, and came to Fresno, becoming manager for Donahoo, Emmons Hardware Company, until February 1912, when, with his brother, Fred A., he bought out the Donahoo, Emmons Hardware Company, and incorporated it as the Valley Hardware Company. The two brothers own a controlling interest in the business, which is constantly growing and ranks as one of the important concerns in Fresno County.
The marriage of Mr. Appling united him with Catherine Huff, also a native of West Virginia, and three sons have blessed their union, Fulton B., Richard H., and Fred N., the two former native of West Virginia, and the latter of Fresno. Mr. Appling owns a small ranch, seven miles west of Fresno, on Olive Avenue. As one of the progressive business men of Fresno, he has been of no little help in furthering the many projects which have been promulgated for the upbuilding and prosperity of this section, and the advance of Fresno County has been of a rapidity no less than phenomenal, due to just such men as himself. Fraternally, he is a member of the Commercial Club of Fresno, the Knights of Pythias of that city, and the Modern Woodmen of West Virginia ; and he also belongs to Huntington Lodge, No. 313, B. P. O. Elks, of that state.
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Sep 23, 2010
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