LOUIS W. KIME

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LOUIS W. KIME, junior member of the general merchandise firm of Gallagher & Kime, of Rural Valley, was born there March 14, 1862, son of Anthony and Sarah (Brown) Kime.

Anthony Kime was born in Bavaria, Germany, and came to the United States in early manhood, settling in Rural Valley, Armstrong Co., Pa., where he embarked in business as a wagonmaker. He had learned his trade abroad. His practical and thorough knowledge of his work gained him a steady custom, and he continued in this line until his death, which occurred when he was about fifty years old, resulting from a fall. his wife, who died Jan. 7, 1910, at the age of ninety-three years, was a daughter of Peter Brown, a pioneer of Cowanshannock township. There were six children in the family of Anthony Kime and wife: Julia (deceased), Charles A., William, Louis W., David W., and Phebe (who married B.S. Cook).

Louis W. Kime was reared in Rural Valley and attended the local public schools, supplementing his course in them with one term at Grove City College, in Mercer county, Pa. He began life on his own account as a teacher in the common schools when he was seventeen years old, and later became clerk in a general store owned by Andrew Gallagher at Rural Valley, thus serving in the summer, while in the winter he continued teaching until 1892, when he bought a half interest in the business, which has since been conducted under the firm style of Gallagher & Kime. This is one of the leading general stores of the county, and is patronized by people from a wide territory.

Mr. Kime is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Rural Valley. His practical experience as an instructor came into good play for the benefit of the community when he served for one term as school director of Rural Valley, being elected on the Democratic ticket. Mr. Kime is not married.

Source: Pages 788 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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