Worthington W. Corbett



WORTHINGTON W. CORBETT, head of the well-known firm of W. W. Corbett & Son, who conduct the Corbetts Drug Store (Incorporated) in New Bethlehem, Clarion county, was born in New Bethlehem Oct. 26, 1844, son of Lewis W. and Lucinda (Mohney) Corbett.

William Corbett, his paternal grandfather, was a pioneer farmer in what is now Clarion county, Pa., where he lived and died. His family consisted of five sons and two daughters, the sons being Isaiah, Johnson, Lewis W., Jackson and Cyrus.

Lewis W. Corbett, son of William, was born in what was then Armstrong (now Clarion) county, and was a carpenter by trade. In young manhood he located at Oakland, in Mahoning township, this county, where for many years he did business as a contractor and builder, being one of the enterprising and active men of the locality in his time. He was prominent in public affairs, serving as commissioner of Armstrong county. His wife Lucinda was born in what was then Armstrong (now Clarion) county, daughter of John Mohney, a pioneer of what is now Porter township, Clarion county, later of Madison township, Armstrong county. To them were born six children: Worthington W.; Sarah M., wife of Charles Ellenberger; Eliza J., wife of Alsinus G. Truitt; Melancthon J.; Vander K., a physician, of Driftwood, Pa.; and Lizzie E., wife of Allen Woodward.

Worthington W. Corbett was reared in Clarion and Armstrong counties. He obtained his education in the public schools and in the normal school at Dayton, Pa., and learned the carpenter's trade with his father, following That line of work for twenty years in Armstrong county. In 1884 he embarked in the drug business at New Bethlehem, which has since been his principal interest, the establishment having prospered from the start.

Since 1906 his son Norvin A. Corbett has been associated with him, under the name of W.W. Corbett & Son. They have the leading drug store in the borough and rank among the most successful business men in their section of Armstrong county. Mr. Corbett has resided at South Bethlehem since 1884, and has served as school director from that year to the present. He has been justice of the peace of Mahoning township and South Bethlehem for over thirty years, having served as such continuously since 1881. In political connection he is a Republican. His long continuance in office is the strongest evidence of the satisfaction his services have given.

On Sept. 10, 1875 Mr. Corbett married Mary E. Gumbert, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Whited) Gumbert, of Armstrong county, and they have three children: Morna E., wife of Robert R. Anderson, a prominent hardware merchant and banker, president of the New Bethlehem Trust Company, of New Bethlehem, Pa., Norvin A.; and Homer E., a leading dentist of New Bethlehem. Mr. Corbett and his family are members of the Baptist Church.


Source: Page 468-496, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed May 1999 by Michael S. Caldwell for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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