J.R. Coulter


J. R. COULTER, farmer and justice of the peace, in South Bend township, Armstrong Co., Pa., is a native of that township, born March 15, 1855, son of Joseph T. and Eliza (Lambing) Coulter.

Samuel Coulter, his grandfather, came to America from Ireland and at an early day settled near Avonmore, in Armstrong county.

Joseph T. Coulter, son of Samuel Coulter, was born in Armstrong county, Pa., in 1822, and died in 1878. He was an excellent farmer and good business man, and at the time of his death owned 300 acres, which by hard labor he had converted into a richly producing farm. He had started out in life a poor boy and it was entirely through his own efforts that he acquired much more than independence. He was an active member of the Democratic party in South Bend township for many years and served in minor offices. Fraternally he was associated with the Masons. In 1847 he married Eliza Lambing, who died in 1896, and they had seven children, J. R. Coulter being the only survivor of the family.

Until he was sixteen years of age J. R. Coulter attended school regularly, and he enjoyed three terms of instruction at the Elder's Ridge Academy. He has been a continuous resident of his township and during his entire mature life has been engaged in agriculture pursuits. His productive farm contains 250 acres of finely cultivated land. Having lived among his fellow citizens so long and won their respect and esteem and their confidence in his integrity and superior judgment, it seems particularly fit that he should fill the office of justice of the peace, to which he was first elected in 1895. Both officially and personally he is a highly regarded and popular citizen of South Bend township.

Mr. Coulter was married Nov. 2, 1882, in Armstrong county, to Laura Miller, who died in 1900. She was a daughter of E. Miller, of Spring Church. Of their eight children there are six survivors: Vinnie M., Joseph T., Rose L., Olive B., Jessie B., and Archer A. The eldest daughter is the wife of F. H. Baker. Mrs. Coulter was a lady of many virtues and will long be remembered by a wide circle of friends. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Elder's Ridge, to which Squire Coulter also belongs. He cast his first presidential vote for Horace Greeley and declares his present political sympathy to be with the progressive branch of the Democratic party. For many years he has been a member of the Patrons of Husbandry.

Source: Pages 718-719 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September, 1998 by Joyce Sherry for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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