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Sam Horner, son of William Horner,
was born in 1876 in Stratford, Ontario. Sam graduated from the University
of Michigan with a C.E.
degree in 1904. As a young man, Sam was keenly interested
in his father's business, assisting him with the plans for setting
up a mill for the
mass production of maple flooring. Sam worked along
side his father for many years and upon the death of his father in
1926, took over
management of the family's flooring mills. Following
the supply of lumber, Sam established a mill in Dollar Bay. It is
the Horner enterprises turned out to be a training
ground for ambitious men who were later to go into business for themselves.
Many, who have
been identified in the industry as owners, managers
and foremen in other flooring plants, were once protégés
of William Horner. Notable among these are Albert Abendroth
who operated the
first flooring machine in the Reed City plant, and
his sons, Walter and Paul who built the Robbins Flooring
Company. He is credited for
making many improvements in the industry.
Sam died on May
2, 1954 at the age of 77.
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