Samuel C Bole


SAMUEL C. BOLE, a veteran of the Civil war, residing at Leechburg, Pa., was born in Gilpin township, Armstrong county, June 16, 1838, son of David and Elizabeth (Shaffer) Bole.

David Bole was one of the early settlers in Allegheny (now Gilpin) township, Armstrong county, where he engaged in farming and worked as a stonemason. His death occurred at Johnstown, Pa., at the age of sixty-four years, and he was interred in the Leechburg cemetery. He married Elizabeth Shaffer, daughter of John Shaffer, and they had ten children, as follows: John, Mary, Fannie, George, James, Harvey, Henry, Isaac, Samuel C. and Margaret.

Samuel C. Bole was reared on the old homestead and attended the township schools. When the Civil war was precipitated he was assisting his father in his farm activities. He had been reared to value the benefits which a united government assured, and when rebellion threatened he was one of the first to decide to enlist to aid in its suppression. He entered Company E, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, under Capt. J. A. Herren, and served for three years and ten months, his command being attached to the Army of the Potomac. Although he escaped many of the hazards of war he suffered imprisonment, being captured by the Confederate soldiers at Little Washington, Pa., and was confined in two of the terrible military prisons of the South, Libby and Belle Isle, for eight long months. After he returned home from the army he located at Johnstown, Pa., where he embarked in the mercantile business, continuing thus until the fall of 1884, when he came to Leechburg and has occupied the same residence on Main street ever since. Mr. Bole at present extensively interested in the natural gas business, operating on his own account, and at the same time is looking after his real estate interests. He is a well-known and highly respected citizen.

Mr. Bole was married in 1866 to Annie Wilson, daughter of John Wilson, of Johnstown. She died in 1883, survived by three children, Charles D., Bert and George. Mr. Bole was subsequently married (second) to Phebe Parks, daughter of Bratton Parks, and they have three children: Lucie Parks, who resides with her parents; J. Bratton, who is filling a clerical position in the Weirton (W. Va.) Steel mill; and Samuel C., who is at home.

Mr. Bole is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Politically he is a Republican, but has been indifferent to public office. He is one of the oldest residents of Leechburg, and has seen many changes take place in the pleasant town in which he has maintained his home.

Source: Pages(s) 710-711, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Neil G. Anderson for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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