William A. Jack

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WILLIAM A. JACK, capitalist, residing at Slate Lick, Armstrong county, was born June 6, 1836, in North Buffalo township, this county, son of James and Catherine (Downey) Jack.

James Jack was born in Ireland. He was an early settler in Armstrong county, Pa., living in Franklin township when his death occurred in 1865. He was a member of the Baptist Church, as was his first wife, Catherine Downey, who died in 1848. His family consisted of six children, three sons and three daughters, the two survivors being William A. Jack and Mrs. Gould, who is a widow and residing in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. When fourteen years of age, after his father�s second marriage, William A. Jack went to live with George B. Sloan, with whom he remained until 1859, during which time he was employed on Sloan�s large farm of over three hundred acres. When Mr. Sloan was elected sheriff of Armstrong county, Mr. Jack assumed charge of this farm for him, and afterward bought 150 acres of land from Mr. Sloan onto which he moved in 1865.

Subsequently he acquired additional tracts, but in 1904 he disposed of all of his land and embarked in the general mercantile business at Slate Lick, which he continued as long as he remained active in commercial life. For twenty-five years continuously Mr. Jack served in the office of justice of the peace, and through his diplomacy was many times able to settle disputes without recourse to law. He is vice president and a large stockholder in the Farmers� National Bank of Freeport and is also a stockholder in the Kittanning National Bank, of Kittanning, Pa., and has a large interest in the Lacawanna Coal Company, in West Virginia. Politically Mr. Jack is a Republican, and he is serving in the position of health office for two counties. His handsome modern residence at Slate Lick is one of the handsomest homes in South Buffalo township. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: Pages 649-650, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Lisa Strobel for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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