James A McClure

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JAMES A. MCCLURE, for a number of years carried on the grocery business now conducted by his sons under the firm name of McClure Brothers, in Kittanning, but is now living practically retired. He is a native of Armstrong county, born on a farm, son of James and Martha (Peoples) McClure.

James McClure, the father, was born in Ireland, and coming to Philadelphia when a young man remained there for some time, doing whatever work he could find. He married there, and with his wife moved west to Armstrong county, Pa., locating at Pine Creek Furnace, in what is now Valley township, and engaging in farming. Later he moved to Wayne township. He died in 1895 or 1896, at the age of seventy-two years, and his wife passed away a year later, at the same age. They were the parents of eight children: Joseph, who is deceased; William, deceased; J.; Martha and James A., twins; Margaret; Catherine, and John.

James A. McClure obtained his education in the common schools near home, and grew up on the farm, where he remained until he reached the age of twenty-five years. He then embarked in the grocery business in the borough of Kittanning, and by honorable methods and first-class goods built up an extensive trade, which increased from year to year. He made investments in other lines as he was able, and some time ago turned the grocery business over to his two sons, who operate it under the firm name of McClure Brothers. They have two establishments, one on South Jefferson street and one on Grant avenue. They are enterprising and wide-awake young men, and under their management the business is being held up to the old standards and modernized as the demands of trade necessitate and opportunity permits.

In 1881 Mr. McClure was married to Bertha Bish, a native of Armstrong county, daughter of Samuel Bish, and they have had a family of three children: Edna Bell, who is deceased; Harry Delbert, and Richard. The family home is a commodious and modern residence on Reynolds street, Kittanning.

Source: Pages 953-954, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed December 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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