Robert W McCutcheon


ROBERT W. McCUTCHEON ticket, freight and express agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Ford City, Armstrong county, was born March 28, 1858, in Westmoreland county, Pa., son of James and Elizabeth (Wylie) McCutcheon.

James McCutcheon was born, reared and educated in Westmoreland county, where he devoted himself to farming all his life. His death occurred in 1901, his wife passing away about 1871. They had five children; Andrew H.; Robert W.; Isabella, who died young; Alice, who married H. G. Steel; and John Newton, who was drowned in the Allegheny river in 1876.

Robert W. McCutcheon was educated in the public schools of Westmoreland county by assisting his father on the farm. When fifteen years old he was apprenticed to learn telegraphy, and after becoming proficient served as telegraph operator for two years. Following this he was make agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Kelly Station, Armstrong county, remaining there for six years, when he transferred to Rosston. There he served in the same capacity for two years, when he was put in charge at Ford City, in 1888. At that time Ford City was but a hamlet, and the new agent was one of its first settlers, but the railroad company knew that it was bound to grow, and desired to have a man whom they could trust in charge of their interests at what has since become so important a traffic junction. Having spent his life in railroad work, Mr. McCutcheon understands its duties thoroughly, and he is one of the most trusted and valuable men in his line with the Pennsylvania Company. He has a good staff of assistants, whose work he carefully supervises, and the affairs of Ford City station are in excellent condition.

In 1881 Mr. McCutcheon married Bertha Kelly, daughter of Hamilton Kelly, f Kelly Station, Pa. Five children have been born of this marriage: Claud H., Jessie T., Robert W., Jr., Paul K. and Dorothy E. Mr. McCutcheon belongs to Kittanning

Blue Lodge, No. 244, F. & A. M., Orient Chapter, No. 247, R. A. M., also of Kitttanning, and Pittsburgh Commandery, No. I, K. T. For many years he has been prominently identified with the Presbyterian church, and for several years has been elder of the Ford City church of that denomination.

Source: Page 750, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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