Joseph W Glenn


JOSEPH W. GLENN, florist and seed dealer of Kittanning, Armstrong county, was born Feb. 10, 1857, in Manor township, this county, where the family has been settled for three quarters of a century.

The Glenns are of Irish extraction. Mr. Glenn's great-grandfather was one of five brothers, natives of the North of Ireland, who immigrated to the United States in the early part of the last century, and was a pioneer in Mercer county, Pa. His son, Robert Glenn, grandfather of Joseph W. Glenn, was born in Mercer county, where he lived and died, his death occurring when he was fifty-two year old. He was a farmer by occupation. His children were: James, Valentine, Annie, Elizabeth and another whose name is not given.

James Glenn, father of Joseph W. Glenn, was born in Mercer county, and settled in Armstrong county in the latter thirties or early forties, locating in Manor township, where he engaged in farming. He remained there until his death, which occurred in 1885, when he was ninety-two years old. He was twice married, his first wife, whose maiden name was Kunkle, becoming the mother of two children: Annie, who married James Kelley, and Margaret. For his second wife he married Elizabeth Bruner, a native of Armstrong county, whose father was a pioneer of the county; he was of English descent. To James and Elizabeth (Bruner) Glenn were born seven children: Robert; Annie, now deceased; Jennie, deceased wife of Samuel Densmore; Parks A., deceased; William, living; Joseph W., living; and Sarah, deceased.

Joseph W. Glenn grew to manhood on the homestead in Manor township and was educated in the common schools there. When eighteen years old he began work on his own account, as an employee in the Kittanning Rolling Mills, and he continued in that line until 1884, working at rolling mills in different sections of the country. In 1884 he settled at Wichita, Kans., where he worked on a ranch for three years and then for four years was engaged in market gardening there. In 1891 he returned to Armstrong county, Pa., locating in North Buffalo township, where he began business as a market gardener and florist. He remained there until 1903, when he removed to Kittanning and entered the business he has since carried on, being engaged as a florist and seed dealer at No. 124 Market street. He is a stockholder in the Kittanning Brewing Company and has acted as road salesman for that concern since 1906, his various interests keeping him busy. He is well known in the local fraternal bodies, belonging to the B. P. O. Elks, Fraternal Order of Eagles and I. O. H. His religious connection is with the Episcopal Church, and in politics he associates with the Republican party.

On Dec.13, 1877, Mr. Glenn married Lydia Mitchell, daughter of William and Margaret (Sweitzer) Mitchell, of Juniata county, Pennsylvania.

Source: Pages 669-670, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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