A Walker Kinter


A. WALKER KINTER, member of the firm of Kinter & Beck, merchants of Dayton, was born in that borough March 30, 1874, son of Robert C. and Margaret (Walker) Kinter.

The paternal great-grandfather of A. Walker Kinter resided at Georgeville, Pa., where his death occurred. He was a farmer, owning considerable land. Isaac, John C. and Peter are numbered among his children.

John C. Kinter was born in Indiana county, Pa., worked at various kinds of employment, and met his death by accidental poisoning, while manufacturing soft drinks. His wife bore the maiden name of Maria Jane Dickson, and both she and her husband are buried at Blairsville, Pa. Their children were: Catherine, who died at the age of twelve years; Robert C.; Eliza, who married James Shall, and lives in Pierce county, Wash.; and John, who lives in the state of Washington.

Robert C. Kinter was born at Blairsville, Pa., April 22, 1845, and when four years old was taken by John Robinson, near Saltsburg, Indiana county, staying with him until thirteen years old, when he came to Armstrong county and worked for farmers about two years. He then began the harness making trade at Pine Creek, near Bryan, Armstrong county, and has followed this line of work ever since, locating at Dayton in 1870. His shop is in the store owned by his son and son-in-law. Mr. Kinter also spent a period at Leechburg, where he worked at his trade. The quality of his work has resulted in the building up of a large volume of business for him, and he is universally respected by those who know him. His wife is a daughter of Alexander and Margaret (McFarland) Walker. Mr. and Mrs. Kinter have had children as follows: Vianna J., born March 8, 1868, married John Pugh and lives at Leechburg; Albert O., born Dec. 23, 1870, who is engaged in the harness business at Leechburg, was married in 1913 to Ethel Kline, daughter of Peter Kline; Margaret, born Oct. 18, 1876, married Alonzo C. Beck, a member of the firm of Kinter & Beck; A. Walker is mentioned below; Darwin W., born Dec. 23, 1881, who is engaged in a plumbing, spouting and slating business at Dayton, married Mabel Pierce.

A. Walker Kinter was educated in the public schools of Dayton, and learned tinsmithing at Leechburg, Pa. After that he started in business for himself at Dayton, working at his trade until 1893, when he and his brother-in-law formed the firm of Kinter & Beck. This association has been very profitable, the firm handling a full line of merchandise, and controlling a desirable trade from the best people of Dayton and vicinity.

Mr. Kinter married Elizabeth McElwain, daughter of John McElwain, of Valley township, this county, and two children were born of this marriage, Craig M. and Frank Meade. After the death of his first wife Mr. Kinter married (second) Verna B. Prugh, daughter of Harry and Margaret (Sloan) Prugh, and to this marriage one son was born, Bernard Prugh.

Mr. Kinter is a member of the Union Presbyterian Church, which he is serving as trustee. For about eight years he was a member of the Dayton board of school directors. He is a stockholder in the Dayton Fair Association and the Dayton Normal Institute. Fraternally he belongs to the Odd Fellows, Maccabees and Woodmen of the World. Both as a business man and citizen Mr. Kinter is held in high esteem, and his success has been fairly gained along legitimate lines.

Source: Pages 452-453 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R. Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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