ANDREW C. BAILEY

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ANDREW C. BAILEY, contractor, of Manor Township, Armstrong County, was born October 24, 1860, in that township, son of Jackson and Jane (Bailey) Bailey.

Richard Bailey, his grandfather, married a Miss Johnson.  He was born in Center County, PA, and later came to Armstrong County, arriving here about one hundred years ago.  Becoming the owner of a large tract of land, a portion of which is now the site of Ford City, he was extensively engaged in farming and lumbering.  His children were:  Jackson; Charlton; Alexander; Margaret, wife of James Boggs; Eliza, wife of Joseph Wilson; and Sarah, wife of J. A. Logan. 

Jackson Bailey was engaged in the sawmill and lumbering and lime business for several years, and also carried on farming.  Children as follows were born to himself and wife:  Cyrus; Richard; William C.:  Annie, wife of J. K. Beattie; Nettie, wife of John Charlton; James M.; Sallie, wife of Harvey S. Huston; Margaret, wife of James L. Piper and Andrew C. � all living; and Jackson, deceased.  The parents were members of the Presbyterian Church.

Andrew C. Bailey, after going through the district school course, worked for his father until he was twenty years old.  Then he began his independent business career as a clerk in the store of William Gates, of Kittanning, remaining in that connection for seven years, at the end of which period he opened the first general department store in the county, locating it at Ford City.  This establishment was most complete in every detail, and Mr. Bailey enjoyed a heavy trade, but was forced to go out of business on account of several heavy losses by fire.  He formed a lime company at Garretts Run, but after a short time sold his interest in that concern and became president of a large oil company at Laramie, Wyo., in the year 1913.

In 1886 Mr. Bailey was married to Susan L. Graff, daughter of Joseph Graff, and four children were born of this union:  Ross R.; Jean R; Judith; and Joseph (the last named deceased).  Mrs. Bailey died in 1896.  In 1902, Mr. Bailey (second) Isadora Reynolds, daughter of Franklin Reynolds, and she died in 1906.  Mr. Bailey is a Republican, and stands well in the party, having been a candidate for county commissioner. 

       

Source: Page 489-496, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Donna Rae Smith for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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