John A. Black

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JOHN A. BLACK, of Kittanning, one of the progressive citizens of Armstrong County, was born in this county Feb. 8, 1852, son of John and Catherine (Johnson) Black.

John Black was born and reared in Armstrong county, where he followed farming. His death occurred June 6, 1868. His widow survived until March 15, 1911, passing away at the age of ninety years. He was a member of the Seceder Church, she of the Lutheran Church. Their only child was John A. Black.

John A. Black was educated in the public schools of Armstrong County, and in early manhood worked on his father's farm. About 1869 he began business as a huckster, thus continuing for twenty-three years, having a thriving trade. He then became clerk in a general merchandise store at Ford City, being so engaged for two years. Always active as a Republican, his party nominated him for county auditor in 1900 and he was elected by a gratifying majority, serving one term. His faithful service in this office was recognized by his election on the Republican ticket as county commissioner, and in 1908 he was re-elected, making a record as a public official highly gratifying to his constituents. Fraternally he belongs to the Elks Lodge at Kittanning, and the Odd Fellows Lodge (No. 932) at Manorville, Pa., and takes a real interest in the welfare of these organizations.

In 1873 Mr. Black was married to Susanna Fitzgerald, daughter of Isaac Fitzgerald of Armstrong county, Six children have been born to them: Esther M., wife of Jacob M. Hauk; Isaac J., who married Laura Ragan; Elizabeth, at home; John W., who married Rose Dunmyer; Alice B., wife of Charles M. Clever; and Harry E., at home. A consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, Mr. Black has served three years as trustee of same.

Source: Pages 632 - 633, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 2001 by Lynn Beatty for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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