Harry S. Price, the son of Robert and Mary Price, grew up on his parent’s farm in Michigan. His first job was that of a carpenter and he would eventually find himself involved in the business of “contracting.” His business in Michigan proved to be highly successful while working with his brothers for a period of twelve years but then he made the decision to move to Dayton, contracting in bridges, water mains and hydroelectric plants. Work at the Price Brothers Concrete Plant included rolling long metal cylinders that would be filled with freshly made concrete. The end product after being kiln dried would turn out to be highly professional concrete water drainage tiles. Harry S. Price served as President and Senior Partner of the firm. He also served on the Board of Parks Commission, was a Member of the Engineer’s Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Bicycle Club and the Masonic Order.
In a 2007 press release, Hanson Pipe & Precast announced the purchase of all outstanding shares of Price Brothers Company. More than 500 Price Brothers employees would be affected. “Price Brothers has some of the best trained, most knowledgeable people in the industry and we are very fortunate to have them join the Hanson family,” said Clifford Hahne, Hanson’s South Central region president. “We plan on continuing Price Brothers prestigious reputation.”
Harry S. Price founded Price Brothers Company as a construction company in 1899. From the beginning, the company worked on such notable projects as Dayton, Ohio’s Island Park Dam, producing prestressed concrete cylinder pipe and fittings for a power plant in Indonesia and in 1996, building more than 43 miles of pipe for a pipeline in Virginia that now supplies 60 million gallons of water from Lake Gaston to the City of Virginia Beach per day. The salaried employees of the company bought Price Brothers Company from the founder’s family in 1998.
Harry Steele Price was born May 27, 1876 and died September 23, 1958. He is located in Section 113.
Woodland Cemetery, founded in 1841, is one of the nation’s oldest rural garden cemeteries and a unique cultural, botanical and educational resource in the heart of Dayton, Ohio. Visit the cemetery and arboretum and take one of the many tours Woodland offers free of charge. Most of Dayton’s aviation heroes, inventors and business barons are buried at Woodland.
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is located at 118 Woodland Avenue off of Brown Street near the University of Dayton Campus. The Woodland Office is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday 8 am to 12 pm. The Cemetery and Arboretum are open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. The Mausoleum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 937-228-3221 or visit the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum website.