Martin L McIntire


MARTIN L. MCINTIRE, who has a large farm in Wayne township, Armstrong county, near Dayton, was born near Echo, in this section, Sept. 21, 1860, and belongs to a family which has been settled here since the time of his grandfather. Some of its members spell the name McIntyre.

John McIntire, the grandfather, was of Scotch-Irish descent. He lived for some years in Westmoreland county, Pa., thence removing to Armstrong county, and settling near Echo, where he purchased a large farm, and devoted the rest of his life to its cultivation. His children were: John, who became a Methodist minister; Daniel S.; Alexander, who died in Kansas; Altman, who died in Adams county, Ohio; Mary A., who married George McIntire, and died at Echo; and Catherine, who married John Wilson, and died in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania.

Daniel S. McIntire, son of John McIntire, was born in Westmoreland county, near Latrobe, and came to Armstrong county with his parents. He followed farming in Wayne township throughout his active years, dying in 1893. He married Martha Lias, daughter of Peter Lias, and to this union were born the following children: Elsie J., born Feb 27, 1856, who died April 8, 1857; John W., born Jan. 23, 1858; Martin L., born Sept. 21, 1860; Emma R., born Feb. 5, 1863, who married Turney A. Troutman; Mary Ellen, born July 12, 1867, who died Dec. 26, 1877; and William L., born Jan. 22, 1871, who is living on the old homestead. The mother of this family died Dec. 10, 1878.

Martin L. McIntire received his education in the public schools. He remained with his father until he attained his majority, when he began farming on his own account on his grandfather�s homestead, living there until his removal, in 1892, to his present place near Dayton borough. Here he bought the old Knox farm, which contains over two hundred acres of valuable land, finely located and with a beautiful view. There is no better land anywhere in Armstrong county, and besides having unusual surface value it is underlaid with coal, which adds materially to its worth. Mr. McIntire�s home, which he built in 1896, is a handsome and convenient dwelling, and all the improvements which he has made upon the property show intelligence and good judgement. He is very progressive in his ideas and willing to work for what he thinks will advance the interests of the community. He was one of the organizers of the Dayton Normal Institute, and is at present serving as trustee; for several years he was one of the managers of the Dayton Fair Association; he has served his township as school director; and he is one of the active members of the Dayton M. E. Church, of which he is steward. In politics he is a Democrat.

In June, 1884, Mr. McIntire married Lucy Beck, daughter of John and Lovina (Geiger) Beck, and they have had children as follows: Edith, who died young; Meade L.; Grace E., who is the wife of L. J. Cunningham; Roy W.; Anna, who died young; Alma B., and Edwin M.

Source: Pages 951-952, 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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