George W Daugherty


GEORGE W. DAUGHERTY, brick contractor and reliable business man of Kittanning, was born at that place April 3, 1866, son of George B. And Agnes Daugherty.

Patrick Daugherty, his great-grandfather, was the first permanent settler of Kittanning. He was a soldier of the war of 1812, enlisting in Capt. James Alexander's company, which was ordered to Black Rock, N. Y. He was killed by the Indians at Lake George. Under the heading "An Indian Trader," in the chapter on Manor township, in this work, will be found an interesting account of Patrick Daugherty, and something of his father-in-law, Jeremiah Cook, who is likewise mentioned among the "First Settlers."

James Daugherty, son of Patrick, was born in Kittanning, as were his children, they being as follows: George B., James P., Homer, Augustus, Mary, Nancy and Hannah.

George B. Daugherty was a successful brick manufacturer. His children were as follows: Dora, William B., Alexander R., George W., Lusetta, Emma, John, Esther and Adella.

George W. Daugherty was educated in the public schools of Kittanning, attending them until fifteen years old. He then left home, and was apprenticed to learn the harness maker's trade. After four years at that work he returned to Kittanning and began learning the trade of brickmason. When he had mastered the details of this work and become an expert, he engaged in contracting for brick work, and is now one of the leaders in his line. Among the buildings he has erected are the Kittanning Academy building, Ford City high school, Schenley distillery and warehouses, New Bethlehem brewery, Kittanning brewery (complete), Logansport distillery and warehouse, Kittanning post office building, Colwell & Arnold building, Reese building, Leechburg opera house and Klingensmith hotel, and the McGeary building at Leechburg, the warehouse for the Penwick Distilling Company at Cheswick, seven double houses for Judge J. H. Painter, and five houses for Bush Brothers. His field of operation extends over Armstrong and adjoining counties, and few men are better known than he. Fraternally he is a member of the Royal Arcanum, the Elks, and the Order of the Moose, being a past dictator of Moose Lodge No. 137.

In 1887 Mr. Daugherty married Ninna Schreconghost, of Armstrong county, and they had two children: Maria O., who married Rudolph Burg, an architect of Pittsburgh and Agnes, who married Thomas Hudson, of Kittanning. Mrs. Daugherty died in 1891. Mr. Daugherty married (second) Jessie T. Snyder, daughter of H. N. Snyder, an attorney of Kittanning, and they have had four children: Nelson, James, Josephine and Grace.

Source: Pages 959-960, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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