ERWIN E. COCHRAN

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ERWIN E. COCHRAN, EX-SHERIFF of Armstrong county, now a resident of Apollo, was born Sept. 19, 1861, in this county, son of John G. and Margaret (Hart) Cochran.

John G. Cochran was born in Armstrong county, of Scotch-Irish stock, and was a nephew of ex-Judge Cochran of Armstrong county, a prominent Democrat. Early in life he taught school, but after his marriage embarked in a mercantile business at Springchurch, this county, and conducted a general store there for many years. Politically he was a Republican. During his useful life, which was terminated by death in 1880, in his fifty-first year, he was noted for his strict probity, and became well and favorably known in his community, Both he and his wife were Presbyterians. The latter was also born in Armstrong county, and her ancestors were of German origin. Mr. and Mrs. Cochran were the parent of ten children, six of whom still survive. The mother survived until 1907.

Edwin E. Cochran attended school until his seventeenth year. Upon the death of his father he remained at home to look after his mother and her affairs. Meantime he taught school four terms, and then disposing of the mercantile business owned by his father, moved the family to Apollo. There he engaged in the business of handling boots and shoes, which he continued to carry on for nine years, and subsequently he embarked in the real estate trade, building and selling town lots and other properties. In the fall of 1903, he was elected sheriff of Armstrong county, and served from 1904 to 1907. Mr. Cochran owned a fine farm in the county, but disposed of it recently, and in the spring of 1911 bought the beautiful residence at Apollo which is now the family home. He is well known all over the county and a man of recognized merit, both as a conscientious and able official and public-spirited citizen. Politically he is a Republican, and he has always rendered his party efficient service.

On Nov. 20, 1900, Mr. Cochran was united in marriage with Matilda C. Alcorn. Four children have been born of this union, three of whom are now living: Margaret and John G., twins, born Sept. 22, 1902; and James F., born Feb. 27, 1905.

Source: Pages 622-623, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Lynn Beatty for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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