Biography of Fred R. Long
Fred R. Long, general manager of the S. N. Long Warehouse of St. Louis, was born in Winchester, Ohio, April 16, 1879. His father, Samuel N. Long, was also a native of Ohio, born in 1848. He came to Missouri in 1885 and here engaged in the manufacture of syrup under the name of the S. N. Long Syrup Company, continuing active in that business for a period of twenty years. He later established the warehouse business which has been carried on under the name of the S. N. Long Warehouse. Through a period of thirty-five years he has been an active factor in the business circles of the city. He married Lou E. Havens, who was born in Winchester, Ohio, in 1847, and who passed away in St. Louis in 1865.
Their son, Fred R. Long, was educated in the public schools of St. Louis, passing through consecutive grades to the high school and thus being well qualified for life’s practical and responsible duties. When his textbooks were put aside he began learning the syrup business with his father and they have since been associated in all their business activities. The son now has full charge of the warehouse, his father having practically retired from active business to enjoy a rest which he has truly earned and richly merited. Fred R. Long displays keen discernment in the control of his interests and is actuated at all times by a spirit of enterprise, indefatigable energy and laudable ambition.
On the 4th of January, 1902, in his native city Mr. Long was married to Miss Mary E. Fenton, a daughter of Lucien J. and Belle M. Fenton. They have become parents of two children: Wilfred and Donald. Mr. Long finds his recreation in handball, tennis and athletics and in fact is fond of all manly outdoor sports. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, although he has never been an aspirant for public office. He belongs to various social organizations, including the City Club and the Triple A Club, and his membership relations also extend to the Chamber of Commerce and to the American Warehouse Men’s Association. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church and in the work of that church he takes an active and helpful part, serving now as superintendent of the Sunday school of Union church, St. Louis. He was area chairman of the Methodist Four-Minute men and spoke at many places throughout the state during the war period. No good work done in the name of charity or religion seeks his aid in vain. He is a successful business man and regards business merely as a means to an end, not the objective of his life. The name of Long has for many years figured prominently in business circles in St. Louis. His father came to this city a poor man and by hard work and good business methods advanced steadily toward the goal of prosperity and won at the same time a host of business acquaintances and social friends. The son, following in his footsteps, has made an equally creditable record so that the name of Long has ever been an honored one in connection with the trade interests of St. Louis.