Frank Mast


FRANK MAST, dealer in general merchandise and postmaster at Rimer, Pa., was born in Clarion county, PA., March 2, 1855, son of Isaac and Sarah (Reese) Mast. He is of German and Welsh descent.

John F. Mast, great-grandfather of Frank Mast, was a native of Germany, and was among the pioneers of Northampton county, Pa., where he lived until his death. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.

Jacob Mast, son of John F., was a native of Northampton county, Pa. He settled in Toby township, now Clarion county, in 1832, and followed the trade of carpenter in that section of the country all his life. He married Catherine Transue, and they reared a family of five children: Isaac; Abraham; Lavina, who married Andrew Reese; Jacob, who was killed in the battle of the Wilderness in the Civil war; and Sarah, who married John B. Miller.

Isaac Mast, father of Frank, was a blacksmith by trade. He came to Armstrong county in 1859, locating at Red Bank and soon after in Madison township, at what is now Rimer post office. Here he worked at his trade up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1903, when he was seventy-nine years of age. He married Sarah, daughter of Andrew Reese, who was a native of Baltimore, Md., and was a pioneer shoemaker of near Callensburg, Clarion Co., Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Mast had six children, as follows: Stephie D.; Arnold; Frank; Elizabeth, who married Samuel Early; Sarah, who married Jacob Bowser; and Jennie.

Frank Mast from the age of four years spent his youth in Madison township, receiving a common school education. He began his business career as an employee on the Allegheny Valley railroad, and later followed mining. In 1885, he embarked in general merchandising at Rimerton (Rimer post office) and he has built up a large and successful business. He has been postmaster at Rimer since 1892. Mr. Mast is energetic and up-to-date and is most popular in his community.

On July 15, 1879, Mr. Mast married Letitia, daughter of William and Letitia (Morrow) Hays, both natives of Ireland. They have six children: Wade H., county surveyor of Armstrong county; Blaine, a member of the Armstrong county bar; Wave, wife of Albert R. Montgomery; Flow; Glenn, and Frank, Jr. Mr. Mast and his family are members of the Episcopal Church. He is a member of Kittanning Lodge, No. 244, F. & A.M. He has held various township offices, serving as delegate to several State conventions, and he served three terms as a member of the State Legislature. A public-spirited man, he has the interest of his township at heart, always anxious to do his share in improving the conditions of his town. He served as treasurer of Armstrong county three years, and gave most efficient service in this office. In politics he is a stanch Republican.

Source: Pages 563-564, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed December 1998 by Connie Mateer for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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