|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1887|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 6, 1973|
Victor A. T. Albright, 85, of Brook Knoll, chairman of the board and former president of W. F. Meyers Company with which he had been associated for 68 years, died at 4:00 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 1973, at the National Health Enterprises Nursing Home on West Sixteenth Street.
Mr. Albright had been in failing health for the past three and one half years.
He was born July 8, 1887, in New York City, NY, the son of Claude Albert and Elizabeth Bougey Albright. He married Gertrude Meyers November 24, 1909 and she survives.
He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, the Bedford Elks Lodge and Bedford Lodge No. 14. F. & A.M.
Surviving are the wife; two sons, Dr. Victor F. Albright of Winchester, VA and Willard V. Albright of Bloomington, President of W. F. Meyers Company; three grandchildren, Mary, Michael and Victor Albright, Jr.
Mr. Albright founded the Bedford plant of the Meyers Company in 1910.
Although he was born in New York, the Albright family lived for a time in Richmond, VA where Mr. Albright attended elementary school and worked as an office boy for the American Tobacco Company, attending night school to augment his education.
Upon returning to New York and after a number of miscellaneous jobs, Mr. Albright was hired as a night clerk in the Belmont Hotel in New York. A frequent guest of the hotel was Willard F. Meyers, owner of a machine shop on Long Island. He recognized the aggressive ability of young Albright and offered him a job in his office. Mr. Albright took the job July 5, 1905.
The Meyers company had been founded in 1888 to produce and market diamond saw teeth for the construction industry.
Mr. Albright was not content to remain an office boy, and he became intereted in the methods and processes used in producing Meyers products. After much study and work, he was given a responsible position in the plant, and one day presented to his employer a design for a new and practical product, later patented and placed on the market as the "Meyers Splint Diamond Tooth".
That particular saw tooth, made economically with diamond fragments instead of solid stones, was a great boon to building stone fabricators.
He married his boss's oldest daughter in 1909.
In 1910, Mr. Albright was sent to Bedford in the heart of the Indiana limestone belt, to make a survey of the market for Meyers products. The company also considering opening a plant at Montreal, Canada, but Mr. Albright was so impressed with the potential in Bedford, it was decided to locate a plant in Bedford, with Mr. Albright as plant manager.
The first Bedford plant was founded in 1911 in a small rented building, 20 by 40 feet, in an alley between Sixteenth and Seventeenth Streets. That plant was in operation for five years when a new plant was built at Thirteenth and J Streets. At the time, Mr. Meyers was president; Mr. Albright was vice-president and general manager, and Walter H. Sherrill was secretary. Mr. Albright became president and treasurer of the company July 8, 1918.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church with Rev. Robert Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in Cresthaven Mausoleum. Friends may call at the Day & Carter Mortuary from 7;00 to 9:00 p.m. today, and from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Pallbearers will be George Reed, Jr., Robert E. Townsend, Dr. Jerome N. Matthews, Leonard Armstrong, Arch C. Voris, Jr., and William Ingalls. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Chase, Ruel Steele, Marvin Miller, C. J. Donovan, Henry S. Murray, Robert Ingalls, Sr., Hale Thompson, Ura Smith, Roy Carter, C. C. Woolery, William Fluck and the church vestry, Ken Whitworth, Gordon Brewer, Bill Cameron, Mrs. Robert Short, Mrs. Mildred Staley, Dr. John Pless, Webster Bundy and Norman Hale.
The family suggests friends contribute to either the heart or cancer funds if they prefer them to flowers.
Obituary published May 7, 1973 in the Bedford Daily Time-Mail.
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