Albert Matthew Hoover

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ALBERT MATTHEW HOOVER, M. D., physician and druggist and president of the First National Bank, at Parker's Landing, Pa., was born in Buffalo township, Butler Co., Pa., Oct. 31, 1844, son of David L. and Mary (Myers) Hoover.

John Hoover, a native of Dauphin county, Pa., was a pioneer of Westmoreland and Clarion counties. In his younger manhood he was a distiller, but after settling in Clarion county engaged in farming. He there purchased a tract of wild land which he cleared and then improved, residing upon it until his death. His children were five in number: David L.; George; Sarah, who married Brigham Anderson; Nancy, who married Porter Haskell; and Colwell.

David L. Hoover, son of John Hoover, was a pioneer in Buffalo township, Butler Co., Pa., where he cleared seventy-five acres of land and developed a fine farm, on which he built and operated a sawmill for a number of years. His death occurred in 1891, at the age of eighty-four years. He married Mary Myers, a daughter of Balsa Myers, a very early settler in Westmoreland county. She died in 1881, when seventy-six years old. They had three sons and three daughters born to them, namely: George G. who is deceased; Emily, who is the widow of John Phillips, lives on the old homestead; Sarah, who is deceased, was the wife of Thomas Brown; Nicholas M., who is deceased, was a physician in Butler county; Nancy is deceased; Albert M. completes the family.

Albert M. Hoover was reared on the old homestead and was educated in the common schools, Freeport Academy, Leechburg Academy and Witherspoon Institute, at Butler, and during the large part of this period taught winter schools, in that way paying his own summer tuition. He began the study of medicine in 1868 and was graduated from the Cleveland Medical College in the class of 1870. In the same year he began the practice of his profession at Parker City, where he remained three and a half years. He then entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, where he was graduated in the class of 1874, in which year he located at Freeport. In the fall of 1876 he returned to Parker, where he has since practiced, and since 1888 has also conducted a drug store. He is a member of the Clarion County Medical Society, was one of the charter members of the Armstrong County Medical Society, and also belongs to the American Medical Association. Since 1900 he has held the position of company surgeon for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company.

Dr. Hoover has also a creditable military record. He enlisted for service in the Civil war, Feb. 14, 1865, becoming a private in Company H, 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, for one year, and while with his command served as company clerk and later as headquarters clerk, and in the latter part of July, 1865, owing to disability contracted in the line of duty, was sent to Mower Hospital, Philadelphia, where he was honorably discharged from the service Sept. 9, 1865, by instructions from the war department, Washington, dated May 3, 1865.

Dr. Hoover is married and has had six children: Alvira, deceased, who was the wife of George Kramer and is survived by two children, Claude and Maude G.; Sarah, who is the wife of Clifford J. Beale, of Leechburg; Albert M., Jr., who is a resident of Kittanning; Harriet, who is the wife of Benjamin F. Palmer, of Wyatt, W. Va.; Nicholas M., who resides at Parker City; and George W.

Dr. Hoover is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Parker City. Fraternally he is identified with Parker City Lodge, No. 521, F. & A. M.; and with Parker Lodge, No. 761, Odd Fellows. Politically he is a Democrat. At a meeting of the directors of the First National Bank of Parkers Landing, Nov. 28, 1911, Dr. Hoover was elected president of this financial institution.

Source: Pages 962-963, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Joyce Sherry for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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