Sloan Banks

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SLOAN BANKS, of Bethel township, Armstrong county, at present serving as member of the board of school directors, was born Feb. 14, 1864, in Kittanning township, this county, son of John and Nancy (McLaughlin) Banks. The father, who was born in Allegheny, Pa., was of Scotch-English descent, his father, John M. Bank, a pioneer and farmer in Kittanning township, coming from Scotland. His mother, a daughter of William McLaughlin, was born in Armstrong county, Pa., and was of Scotch descent. Their family of seven children consisted of four sons and three daughters, namely: Mary E.; William, who is deceased; David, deceased; George, a farmer of Oregon; Belle, who married John Montgomery, of Armstrong county, and has three children, one son and two daughters; Martha J., married to R. H. McGrow, of Kittanning; and Sloan.

Sloan Banks was born on a farm in Kittanning township, and was five years old when his parents moved to their farm in Burrell township. There he assisted with the farm work and attended school, and when of age he went to Pittsburgh, where he was employed for ten years as a street car conductor. Then he began farming in Bethel township, where he has since resided and where he has eighty-six acres of good land, in a fine state of cultivation, devoted to general farming.

On Sept. 26, 1888, Sloan Banks was united in marriage with Susie Wareham, daughter of John and Julia A. (Walters) Wareham, of Bethel township, and they have had three children, one son and two daughters: Paul, born Jan. 28, 1892; Irene, born March 13, 1895; and Ruby, born June 3, 1901.

In politics Mr. Banks is identified with the Republican party, and he has taken considerable interest in the welfare of his locality, always supporting worthy movements which promise to benefit the community. He and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church at Bethel.

Source: Pages 686-687, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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