Elmer J Mickey

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ELMER J. MICKEY, proprietor of the Valley Mills, at Freeport, Armstrong county, is engaged in the manufacture of high-grade brands of flour. He is one of the best known millers in this section of Pennsylvania, having followed the business at various points, and he has gained his high position in the commercial world by ability, industry, and the exercise of good judgment in his transactions. He is one of the substantial citizens of the borough, and occupies an honorable place among its most respected residents.

Mr. Mickey was born March 4, 1867, in Clearfield, Pa., son of Austin E. Mickey, of Ligonier, Pa., who married Polly McKinster, of Apollo, Pa. Austin E. Mickey had a common school education and learned the miller�s trade when young. He worked at that all his life, at different places, and in his later years was at Crooked Creek, Armstrong county, at the Walker Mill. He retired, and died at Hillville, Armstrong county, in March 1910, aged eighty years. His wife died Jan. 1, 1912, aged eighty-three years. They were members of the Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Mickey was a stanch Republican in his political views. Their children were: John, a miller, who died at Crooked Creek, Pa.; James, a miller, also deceased; William, a stonemason, deceased; Sadie, who married D. W. Keefer, and lives near Pittsburgh, Pa.; Elmer J.; Dorce C., a coal miner, living in Pennsylvania; Oscar, an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, who was killed on that road in 1908, at Leechburg, Pa.; and Ford, who is in the coal business at Leechburg.

Elmer J. Mickey was given a common school education and learned the miller�s trade of his father. For eight years he ran the mill at Apollo, Armstrong Co., Pa. Then he was in Saltsburg, Indiana county, for one year; at Markle, Westmoreland county, four years, and from there went back to Apollo for six months. On Oct. 6, 1898, he bought the Valley Mills at Freeport, where he has since been in business. His mill is well equipped and has a capacity of fifty barrels a day and only high-grade brands of flour are produced, "Valley Pride" and "Mickey�s Best" being widely known for their superior qualities. Mr. Mickey also buys, sells and exchanges wheat, doing a business of considerable proportions in this line. He has built up one of the thriving establishments of the borough by his effective methods and good business policy.

In October, 1888, Mr. Mickey married Ida Garris of Allegheny county, Pa., and they have one son, M. C. Mr. and Mrs. Mickey are members of the Presbyterian Church. They have a fine home in the borough, and his property holdings have become quite valuable.

Source: Page 924,, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Jeffrey Bish for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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