Albert C. Blood, who in 1904, organized the Maplewood Planing Mill Company, of which he has since been the president, has thus been connected with the manufacturing interests of St. Louis for seventeen years. He was born in Fulton county, Illinois, February 26, 1852. His father, Joseph P. Blood, was a native of New Hampshire and about 1850 removed to Illinois, settling in Fulton county, near Lewistown, where he engaged in the operation of a grist and saw-mill and also in stock raising. He married Elizabeth A. Ogden, a native of Indiana, who removed with her parents to Illinois, where her people were large land owners. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Blood was celebrated in Illinois, and they became the parents of three sons And three daughters, of whom Albert C. is the oldest. The father died in 1877, while the mother survived until 1884.
Albert C. Blood was educated in the public schools of Henry, Illinois, and started out in the business world with the United States Express Company as a messenger between St. Louis and Chicago. He was employed for six years, after which he had various positions with manufacturers of farm machinery in Peoria. He then came to St. Louis and learned the cabinet-maker’s trade and in 1904 organized the Maplewood Planing Mill Company, of which he is the president. They do a general line of millwork, manufacturing sash, doors, blinds, etc. They manufactured material for the use of the government in the World war and not only did Mr. Blood use his plant for this purpose but took an active part in promoting the Liberty loan sales and the Red Cross drives.
In Henry, Illinois, in 1877, occurred the marriage of Albert C. Blood to Miss Mary C. Pool, a daughter of A. M. Pool, representative of one of the old families of Henry, Illinois, and a pioneer of that state, who in early days engaged in trade with the Indians. To Mr. and Mrs. Blood have been born the following named: Edith, the eldest in the family, now the wife of Winifred Turner of Santa Clara county, California; Wylie C., who married a daughter of Henry Fathman, was a first sergeant in the air service during the World war and was stationed at Arcadia, Florida, having enlisted at Scott Field near Belleville, Illinois; Lyle A. is the vice president of the Maplewood Planing Mill Company; Walter W., is a director of the Maplewood company; and Dorothy is the wife of E. S. Rapp of Clayton, Missouri, who is now living in California.
In his political views Mr. Blood is a republican and has always given stanch support to the party, but has never sought nor desired political preferment. He holds membership in the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp 6426, Maplewood, Missouri. His attention and activities are concentrated upon his business affairs and the results which he has achieved are most gratifying and satisfactory. He started out in the business world empty handed and has won a comfortable competence, while, moreover, his records prove that success and an honored name can be won simultaneously.