George Washington Clouse


GEORGE WASHINGTON CLOUSE, of the firm of G. W. Clouse & Co., dealers in general merchandise at Rimerton, Armstrong county, was born in Madison township, this county, Nov. 17, 1869.

George Clouse, his father, was a native of Germany. When he was but four years old his father, John Clouse, died, and his widowed mother brought him to the United States in 1846, settling at Brady's Bend, Armstrong county, where he grew to manhood. For a time he worked in the mines, but before his marriage located in Worthington, where he was in the employ of Peter Graff until about 1866. He then purchased eighty acres of land in Madison township, and there resided until his death in 1910, when he was aged seventy four years. During this period he worked in the mines and carried on the farm until his sons were old enough to look after the farm, when he gave his entire attention to mining. He married Martha Reibold, a native of Germany, daughter of George Reibold, who was an early settler of Brady's Run. Mr. Reibold's death occurred at Brady's Run when he was eighty-one years of age. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Clouse, eight of whom grew to maturity: Margaret, who married Daniel Rimer; John H., who was killed in the mines at the age of twenty-one; Catherine, who married Frank W Einnick; George W.; Martha, married to William Chaney; Fred C.; Martin L.; and Bessie, married to William Unger.

George W. Clouse was reared on the homestead and aided his father in clearing a part of it. He was educated in the local school, and in 1886 located at Rimerton, having secured a position there as clerk in a general store. Here he continued until 1901 when he embarked in general merchandising on his own account at Rimerton with his brother Fred C. as partner, and they conducted the business under the firm name of G. W. Clouse & Co. This business has increased steadily and it is now a flourishing store with a good patronage.

Mr. Clouse was married Dec 27, 1892, to Millie J., daughter of George W. and Margaret (Paine) Craig, of Madison township, and they have six children: John E., Lula M., Flora B., George, Margaret and Violet. Mr. Clouse is a member of Canaugua Tribe, No. 476, I. O. R. M., and of the Jr. O. U. A. M., Council No. 373. Politically he is a Republican. He is a progressive, enterprising man, who is actively interested in all public affairs, though he is not an office seeker. Honest in all his business transactions, he has become well known and liked in his community.

Source: Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed January 2012 by Sara Stewart for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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