Harry E Gilchrist

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HARRY E. GILCHRIST has been living at his present farm in Burrell township, Armstrong county for eleven years. He is a well-known school teacher in Armstrong county, his work in this line having gained him the highest standing.

Mr. Gilchrist was born Aug. 14, 1867, in Harrison City, Westmoreland county, Pa., son of John and Susanna (Jack) Gilchrist, the former of whom was born in Westmoreland county, of Scottish ancestry, the latter in Armstrong county, daughter of James and Elizabeth Jack. John Gilchrist served to the close of the Civil war in the 105th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. His brother David Gilchrist served in the 139th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Mr. and Mrs. John Gilchrist are now living at Cochrans Mills, Armstrong county. They have had a family of eleven children of whom three sons and two daughters reached maturity. Harry E. is mentioned below; Joseph W., chief clerk in the post office at Jeannette, Westmoreland county, married Retta Ruppert (they have no children); Sarah Elizabeth is the wife of O. W. Knepshield, a farmer of Burrell township, and they have seven children; Anna Laura married David Gibson and died in 1904, leaving three children; James B., a farmer in Westmoreland county, married Rosa Shaw, of Burrell township, Armstrong county, and has six children.

Harry E. Gilchrist was reared in Burrell township and obtained his education in the common schools and at Apollo. He has lived in Armstrong county from childhood, and has had twenty-two years� experience as a school teacher in the county, in which connection he is very favorably known. He has also been a successful farmer, and has lived on the present farm since 1902. His politically support was formerly given to the Republican party, and he is now a Progressive. He has taken some part in the local government, having served as justice of the peace since Dec. 4, 1911, when appointed by the Governor. In religion he and his wife are members of St. Michael�s Lutheran Church, Burrell township.

On April 11, 1894, Mr. Gilchrist married Ella Davis, daughter of James and Nancy (Miller) Davis, of Burrell township, Armstrong county. She died Dec. 5, 1895, leaving one child, Ruth Cleo, born Sept. 19, 1895. On Aug. 30, 1900, Mr. Gilchrist married (second) Susie Klingensmith, daughter of Josiah W. and Lucinda (Knappenberger), Klingensmith, and they have five children, born as follows: Lucy M., July 2, 1901; Louisa Blanch, May 7, 1904; Frances Elmo, Feb. 2, 1908; Myrna Isabelle, April 20, 1910; Nellie May, May 20, 1913. Mrs. Gilchrist is a grand-daughter of Adam and Anna Mary (Kirkland) Klingensmith.

Source: Pages 700-701, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by Carl Waltenbaugh for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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