Alfred Harrington

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ALFRED HARRINGTON, a member of the firm Harrington & Beecher, contractors for all kinds of gas and oil well supplies, at Apollo, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born June 25, 1869, in Butler county, this State, son of James J. and Mary Elizabeth (Ryan) Harrington.

James J. Harrington was born in County Cork, Ireland, and his wife in County Tipperary, and when they came to America they located at Philadelphia, in 1847. James J. Harrington was an educated and scholarly man a graduate of the University of Dublin, Ireland, and for some years was a member of the faculty of the Polytechnic Institute of Philadelphia. From Philadelphia James J. Harrington moved to El Paso, Texas., where he accepted a college professorship, and his death occurred there in middle age. He was at one time manager of the Philadelphia Oil & Petroleum Company. His widow still survives, being now in her seventy-fifth year. They had nine children.

Alfred Harrington attended the public schools with regularity until he was fifteen years of age and then went to the oil fields in Pennsylvania and worked for some time as a laborer in the oil regions of McKean and Washington counties, and also in West Virginia. Afterward he formed a partnership with his brother, under the firm name of Harrington & Bro., which was dissolved in 1898, and in the same year he entered into business relations with C. N. Beecher, under the style of Harrington & Beecher, which continues. This firm has worked extensively in Crawford county, Ill, and in the McDonald oil field in Washington county, Pa. In 1892 Mr. Harrington moved to Armstrong county, Pa., where similar operations have been carried on, and since 1911 he has been drilling for gas at Apollo, where he maintains his home. He is a valued and public spirited citizen, and takes pride in his town and section. Politically he is a Republican, and fraternally a Mason. He was reared in the Presbyterian Church.

Source: Page 895, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Nanci Mcihalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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