A.J. McMillen

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A. J. McMILLEN, one of the leading optometrists of Armstrong county, propietor of the McMillen Optical Company, No. 127 North McKean Street, Kittanning, was born June 20, 1860, in Mahoning township, this county, being a son of Robert and Nancy (Moore) McMillen, and grandson of John McMillen. Mr. McMillen came of Scotch-Irish parentage and is therefore of good hardy stock.

A. J. McMillen attended public school, and later the Philadelphia Optical College, from which he was graduated in 1901. He also took a course of study at the South Bend College, South Bend, Ind. Mr. McMillen began the practice of his profession at Punxsutawney, Jefferson Co., Pa., remaining there for five years. He then located at Newark, Ohio, but after a few months came to Kittanning, arriving here in 1906. Since then he has built up a large and valuable practice, and is an eye specialist of marked ability. His parlors are admirably fitted for all the requirements of his practice, and he gives satisfaction to his many patrons.

In 1884 Mr. McMillen was married to Sarah E. Mohney, daughter of Lewis and Rebecca Mohney. The following children were born to this marriage: V. Grace, Estella M., Ina P. (deceased), Cora R. and Florence. Mrs. McMillen died Dec. 12, 1894. On Feb. 9, 1905, Mr. McMillen was married (second) to Anna R. Rupert, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Rupert, of Clarion county, Pa. She was educated in the public and high schools of her native county, subsequently entering the Northern Illinois College of Optics, Chicago, from which she was graduated in a course of optical studies in 1905. She then entered the Kansas School of Optometry, at Topeka, Kans., graduating therefrom Jan. 17, 1906. Mrs. McMillen is an expert in her profession, and she and her husband work together very harmoniously, being well equipped for their business. Both have a large following, and thoroughly deserve the success which crowns their expert efforts. Mr. McMillen is a member of the Knights of Malta, the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and the Royal Arcanum, and a past officer in all of the lodges to which he belongs.

Source: Page 718 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September, 1998 by Joyce Sherry for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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