William R Brumbaugh


WILLIAM R. BRUMBAUGH, of Cowanshannock township, Armstrong Co., Pa., carpenter and justice of the peace, was born in Jefferson county, Pa., Jan. 2, 1856, son of James C. and Penina (Snowden) Brumbaugh, and is of German and Scotch descent.

John Brumbaugh, his paternal grandfather, came from eastern Pennsylvania, probably from Berks county, and died while removing his family to Jefferson county.

David Snowden, the maternal grandfather of William R. Brumbaugh, was a pioneer of Wayne township, Armstrong county.

James C. Brumbaugh, father of William R. Brumbaugh, was a lad when he accompanied his parents to Jefferson county, and there he was reared to manhood. After attaining his majority he engaged in lumbering in Jefferson and Clearfield counties, and in 1900 he removed to Yatesboro, Armstrong county, here finding employment with the Cowanshannock Coal & Coke Company for three years. He then retired from active life, and died Oct. 1, 1911. By his first wife, Penina Snowden, Mr. Brumbaugh had two children who grew to maturity, William R. and David. Then he married (second) Mattie Secrist, and they had two children to grow to maturity, Pearl, the wife of Frank Snowden; and Earl. Mr. Brumbaugh�s third marriage was to a widow, Mrs. Hannigan, and they had one daughter, Twila, who married James McLaughlin.

William R. Brumbaugh, son of James C. Brumbaugh, was reared in Jefferson county, and after attending the public schools became apprenticed to the carpenter�s trade. He followed lumbering for seventeen years as foreman for Andrews & O�Donnell, of New Bethlehem, Pa., and in 1899 came to Yatesboro, Armstrong county, where he has since been in the employ of the Cowanshannock Coal & Coke Company as carpenter. He had formerly worked for this company at Eleanor, Jefferson county. Mr. Brumbaugh is a skilled mechanic, and his faithful attention to the duties of his position has made him one of his company�s most trusted and valued employees.

Mr. Brumbaugh has been twice married, his first wife being Nancy Norris, daughter of William Norris, of Jefferson county, and by her he had three children: Alvin, Ella, the wife of M. Truesdell; and Burt. Mr. Brumbaugh was married second to Mrs. Sally (Rinn) London, and they have also had three children: Morris, Margaret, and Jennie.

Mr. Brumbaugh is a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church of Yatesboro, of which he is an elder and trustee. His fraternal affiliation is with the Knights of Pythias. A Republican in politics, Mr. Brumbaugh has always taken an active and intelligent interest in public matters, and at this time is serving his third term as justice of the peace of Cowanshannock township. He stands high in the esteem of his fellow townsmen, who know him as a reliable citizen, a kind neighbor and a stalwart friend.

Source: Pages 935-936, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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