Henry B Henderson


HENRY B. HENDERSON, now serving his fourth term as register and recorder of Armstrong county, a prominent member of the Republican party and a successful agriculturist, is a son of Brice and Martha Jane (Woodward) Henderson, the former a well-known citizen of Armstrong county in his day, the latter a member of a highly respected pioneer family of this region.

Brice Henderson was born in Indiana county, but passed the greater part of his life in Armstrong county, and was a prosperous farmer of Elderton. He served two terms as commissioner of Armstrong county. He was twice married, and by his first wife, whose maiden name was Clark, had four children: William; Anna, who married Robert Walker; Jane, who married Dr. M. R. George; and Melissa, who married Ira J. Ray. His second marriage was to Martha Jane Woodward Donley, a native of Armstrong county, whose father, Robert Woodward, was a prominent farmer of the county and served three terms as associate judge; he was an influential man in his time and enjoyed high standing among his fellow citizens. To Brice and Martha Jane (Woodward) Henderson were also born five children: Robert A., deceased; Howard B., deceased; and Harry B., the only surviving member of the family. Brice Henderson died June 3, 1892; Martha Jane Woodward Henderson died March 17, 1902.

Harry B. Henderson was born Aug. 17, 1869, at Elderton, Armstrong county, and received his education in the public schools and the academy at Elderton, which latter institution he attended for three years. He then taught school for two years at Elderton, for another two years was bookkeeper for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, of Ford City, this county, and then went West, teaching for two years in Kansas. Returning to Armstrong county he again became a teacher at Elderton, where he continued thus for three years, after which he followed farming for a time. Receiving the appointment, of deputy prothonotary, he served in that position from 1900 to 1902, a period of three years, toward the close of which he was elected, on the Republican ticket, as register, recorder and clerk of Orphans' court of Armstrong county.

Mr. Henderson has been an active worker in the Republican party, and in 1905-06 was chairman of the county committee and member of the Republican State central committee.

On Nov. 20, 1912, he was married to Sally Campbell Findley, daughter of Abel C. and Mary E. Findley, and member of a respected and pioneer family of the county.

Mr. Henderson owns the old Brice Henderson farm in Plum Creek township, this county, which he has managed very successfully, taking an intelligent interest in agricultural operations, which he has found quite profitable. He belongs to the Red Men's lodge at Kittanning.

FRANK B. HENDERSON, brother of Harry B. Henderson, was educated in the public schools and the academy at Elderton, and for ten years clerked in the store of R. A. Heilman, at Kittanning. He became deputy recorder of the county under his brother, serving in that position about seven years. A man of genial disposition, he had a large circle of friends, was widely acquainted throughout the county, and was exceedingly popular with his fellow citizens, his untimely death, which occurred Nov. 7, 1909, being mourned in many circles. His was the first death in the membership of the Kittanning Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and he was the first president of that organization, continuing to hold the office until he died. Mr. Henderson married Margaret Butler, and they had one son, Howard B., who is now a student at college.

Source: Page 574, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed January 1999 by Connie Mateer for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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