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Biography of Peter Pence

The life record of this honored pioneer, and his connection with many of the leading events in the history of Idaho, form no unimportant chapter in the annals of the state. He has been identified with its early development through the period when existence in the northwest was attended by many difficulties and dangers, and with its latter-day progress and advancement which have placed Idaho on a par with many of the older states of the east. His early years were spent far from this “Gem of the Mountains.” He was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, in October 1837, and is of German ancestry, the founders of the family in America having been early settlers of the Keystone state. The grand-father of our subject, George Washington Pence, served as a lieutenant in the Revolutionary war and lived to be one hundred years of age, while his wife reached the remarkable age of one hundred and seven years. Their son, who also bore the name of George W. Pence and is the father of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania, November 10, 18 10, and is still living on the old family homestead where he first opened his eyes to the light of day. He married Deborah McKee, who was of Irish lineage. They were industrious farming people and were members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Pence has survived his fourth wife. By his marriage to the mother of our subject he had ten children, eight of whom are living, including Sarah Pence, who resides in the east and is president of the National League. Other members of the family...

Biography of Peter S. Beck, M. D.

The physician wields an influence in any community which is peculiarly strong, because it is based on relations with the general public more intimate than those of almost any one else, and any good physician who is at the same time a good man may continue to broaden and deepen this influence to the end of his days. These reflections have been suggested by the success of Dr. Peter S. Beck, ex-mayor of Genesee, Idaho. Dr. Beck is a Homeopathic physician, and Homeopathy is gaining in popularity, but that does not fully account for his success, for he has carried the banner of his chosen school of medicine to victory against prejudice and opposition, which he could not have done had he not possessed a personality and a character which would have made him popular and successful in about any other field of endeavor. Doctor Beck is a native of Pennsylvania, having been born in Armstrong County, March 28, 1852, of German ancestors, who were early settlers in that commonwealth. Jacob Beck, his father, was born in the same county, in 1820, and his mother, Sophia (Soxman) Beck, was born there one year earlier. She also was descended from a German family, representatives of which were early settlers in Pennsylvania. Jacob Beck is a Dunkard, his wife a Methodist. He is seventy-nine years old, and she is eighty years of age. They had six sons and a daughter, five of whom are living. Doctor Beck was reared on his father’s farm and attended the public schools as occasion presented, to such good purpose that at the age of nineteen...

Biographical Sketch of Milton Freshwater

Freshwater, Milton; paving contractor; born, West Virginia, Sept. 11, 1877; son of E. A. and Clarenda Campbell Freshwater; educated in commercial course at Morgantown, W. Va.; married, Johnstown, Pa., Dec. 31, 1907, Miss C. B. Williams; two children; has worked at the street-paving business since 1893; completing street paving in the following places; Johnstown and Freeport, Pa., Chester, W. Va., Alliance, Richwood, Ada and Cleveland, Ohio; since April, 1909; the paving contracts are man-aged by three members of the firm, while Mr. E. A. Freshwater takes no part in this branch of the business; the firm consists of E. A. Freshwater, Philip, Elmer and Milton Freshwater, sons of E. A.; the firm has offices in Morgantown, W. Va., and...

Biography of Samuel Fremont Goheen

Samuel Fremont Goheen. When the City of Manhattan inaugurated the commission form of government in 1912 they chose as the head of the new municipal system a man who had already given efficient service in public office. The people have since kept him in office, and it is to the credit of the city as well as to the man that so capable a public servant as Samuel Fremont Goheen should be entrusted with such responsibility. Mr. Goheen has been a resident of Riley County more than thirty years, has witnessed and has been an important factor in the progress of those years, and filled a responsible post in the county government before his election as mayor of the city. Mr. Goheen was already grown and a man of considerable business experience when he came to Kansas. He was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1855, a son of George W. and Elizabeth (Holler) Goheen. His parents were also natives of Pennsylvania. In 1883 the family came out to Kansas and settled near Manhattan in Riley County. Mrs. Elizabeth Goheen died there in 1891 at the age of sixty-five. The father died ten years later at the age of eighty-five. In Pennsylvania George Goheen had followed merchandising, but was a farmer in the Sunflower State. As a boy in Pennsylvania Mayor Goheen acquired an academic education. His first business experience was with his father in a store in Pennsylvania, and the horizon of life was broadened for him by the teaching of four winter terms in the country schools. He married in Pennsylvania and brought his little family...

Biographical Sketch of James W. Wilson

Wilson, James W.; insurance; born, Putneyville, Pa., April 11, 1873; son of Edward T. C. and Nancy Smith Wilson; educated, West Academy and private school; married, McKeesport, Pa., Feb. 15, 1899, Sophia Wiegering; issue, three children, William M., Dorothy May, and James W. Jr.; Republican; in life insurance business since 1900; manager Prudential Insurance Co.; member Chamber of Commerce, Athletic and Advertising...

Biography of David Heckman

David Heckman. Of the men whose ability, industry and forethought have added to the character, wealth and good government of Liberty, none are better known than David Heckman. Mr. Heckman is a business man, not only by training and long experience, but by preference and natural talent, and all these qualities have been combined to form a force through which he has worked his way to success. He first came to this community in 1870, but it was not until 1877 that he located permanently in Liberty, and since that time his fortunes have been linked indissolubly with those of the growing community which he has watched grow and develop with the eye of a proprietor. Mr. Heckman was born on his father’s farm near Leechburg, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, January 17, 1847, being a son of Abraham and Esther (Klingensmith) Heckman, a grandson of Philip Heckman, a pioneer Pennsylvania farmer who died in Armstrong County before his birth, and a member of a family which originated in Germany and transferred its abiding place to America many years ago. Abraham Heckman was born in 1812, in Armstrong County, and there his entire life was passed in the vocations of farming and stockraising. He was a man of sound intelligence and force of character, and his abilities were recognized by his fellow-citizens on a number of occasions when they elected him to public positions of trust and responsibility, such as overseer of the poor, township treasurer and numerous other posts. He took a great interest in civic affairs and was prominent in his community as a democratic politician. He died in...

Biography of John Calvin Christy

John Calvin Christy, one of the leading members of the San Bernardino Bar, and Court Commissioner of the County, was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1839. He was educated in his native State, attending college from 1855 to 1859. Coming west to Illinois, in 1859, he located in the southern part of the State, known as Egypt, read law during 1859-’60th and in the spring of 1861 was admitted to the bar. He soon afterward entered the army as a member of Company B, Eighteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served nearly four years, two years of the time as a scout and sharpshooter. He participated in eleven hard-fought battles. Then, being mustered out of service, he returned to Pennsylvania, and commenced the practice of law, having been married December 13, 1864, to Miss Patterson, whose childhood’s home was just eighty rods from his own, and who had been his playmate and associate from infancy. His health being somewhat impaired, Mr. Christy moved to Washington, Iowa, and a few months later to Wooster, Ohio, and practiced his profession about two years in that place, then removed to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he entered into a law partnership with Hon. James A. Caldwell, an eminent lawyer and a distinguished figure in the history of that State. In October 1886, Mr. Christy came to California, and settled in San Bernardino. A few months after engaging practice here he was appointed Court Commissioner of San Bernardino County, which office he still fills with ability. The function of his office is to hear and decide by the code such civil cases as require an...

Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Armstrong County PAGenWeb Project Binkerd Cemetery Gaston Cemetery Hiles-Snow Cemetery Isaac B. Steel Cemetery Kaylor Baptist Cemetery Knox Cemetery Peters Cemetery Robinson Cemetery Rumbaugh Cemetery St. Patrick Cemetery Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery Seybert Cemetery Shakely Cemetery Steel-Gutherie Cemetery Vandergrift Cemetery Walley Cemetery White-Shakley Cemetery Cemeteries hosted at Armstrong County USGenWeb Archives Black Church Cemetery Blue Slate Cemetery: South Buffalo Twp Bowser Family Cemetery Cochran Cemetery Colwell Cemetery Cowan Cemetery Crooked Creek Presbyterian Cemetery, Bethel Twp Elderton Cemetery Elderton U. P. Church Franklin Union Baptist Cemetery Green Cemetery Kepple Cemetery, Riverview, Parks Twp Limestone Church of God Cemetery Montgomeryville Baptist Cemetery Mount Zion Presbyterian Cemetery Myers Patton Cemetery Parker Presbyterian Cem, Parker Veterans – Riverview Cem, Apollo, PA Riverview Cem, Apollo, PA Smullin Cemetery, Mahoning Twp St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Highfield) Cemetery Stitts Run [aka Laurel Point] Cem – Parks Twp Some Small Cemeteries: Perry/Bradys Bend Twps The Wattersonville Cemetery, East Brady Cemeteries Hosted at Treasures of the Past Apollo Presbyterian Appleby Manor Memorial Cemetery Atwood Cemetery Brethern Cemetery Cochrans Mills United Methodist Church Cemetery Cravener-Fiscus-McDonald Cemetery Christ Rupp Lutheran Church Cemetery Dunkard Cemetery First Lutheran Evangelical Cemetery Heilman Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery Houston Cemetery Mt. Zion Church Cemetery Mt. Zion/Rupert Cemetery Old Smith Cemetery Olivet U P Church Cemetery Ramaley Cemetery Shellhammer Cemetery Shoemake Cemetery Slate Lick United Presbyterian Cemetery South Bend/St. Jacob’s Lutheran Union Cemetery St. Matthew’s Lutheran Cemetery St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Cemetery Simpson Church Cemetery Woodward...

Biographical Sketch of Dr. William H. Park

Dr. Park is a son of John and Elizabeth (Waggoner) Park, and was born January 8th, 1825, at Milton, Pennsylvania. When he was about six years of age his parents moved to Tiffin, Ohio. He was educated at Tiffin and at the Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio. In the spring of 1855 he graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. He was appointed resident physician at the alms house of the city of Baltimore, Md., but soon after returned to Tiffin, Ohio. In August, 1862, he was commissioned as surgeon of the 49th Ohio Regiment, Col. W. H. Gibson. He was mustered out at Victoria, Texas, in Nov. 1865. He was at the battle of Shiloh, Stone River, Liberty Gap and Chickanaauga. He was captured and taken to Atlanta, and afterwards confined at Libby Prison and at Andersonville. Afterward he was at the battle of Nashville and went with the army to San Antonio, Texas. In May, 1866, he came to Greene county, Missouri, and settled upon Leeper prairie, near Bois D’Arc, and was one of the first to settle upon that celebrated prairie after the war. He followed his profession and at one time owned about seven hundred acres of land. He came to Springfield in September, 1881. He is now of the firm of T. E. Crank & Co., druggists, of North Springfield, and at Golden City. He was married Nov. 9th, 1858 to Miss Clara Rupert, of Bloomsburg, Penn. They have had six children, one son and five daughters. His wife is a member of Calvary Presbyterian church. The doctor’s father died at Tiffin, Ohio, in...
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