Charles Moore


CHARLES MOORE, a retired farmer of Valley township, Armstrong county, has lived on his farm there for many years, and is one of the old and respected residents of his locality. He was born in August, 1839, in County Donegal, Ireland, son of Charles and Jane (Hayes) Moore, and was about nine years old when they came to America with most of their family. They were the parents of the following children: Matthew, Elizabeth, John, Rebecca, Ann Jane, Gracie (who married Moses Park and remained in Ireland), William, Sarah, Charles, and one that died in infancy in Ireland. The voyage to this country was made in a sailing vessel and took five weeks, all arriving safely. Settling in Lancaster county, Pa., the father followed farming there until his removal to Boggs township, Armstrong Co., Pa., where he passed the remainder of his life, dying in his one hundredth year. The children remained on this farm until they moved to their own homes, and the mother died there.

Charles Moore when he began farming on his own account settled on a tract of 240 acres in Valley township, but he has sold off some of the land, now having 135 acres. The first buildings were a large log barn and a log house, which served their purpose until the modern buildings which now adorn the place could be erected. The place has been carefully cultivated and well kept up during the ownership of the Moore family, and it is now a valuable piece of property, a credit to the owners and to the locality. Mr. Moore has always been a Republican in his political sympathies, but he has not been active either in party affairs or in the public life of the community. In religious matters he has been associated with the United Presbyterians.

Mr. Moore married Bell Dilley, who was born in Cowanshannock township, this county, near Rural Valley, daughter of William Dilley. Mrs. Moore died in April, 1905, at the age of fifty-seven years. Four children were born to this union: Martha, who is now the wife of Lawrence Stutsell, of Cowanshannock township; Albert, who is deceased; Lizzie, wife of William Stepp, living near Blanco, Armstrong county, and John D.

JOHN D. MOORE, who now owns and operates the home farm, was born Nov. 29, 1882, on the home place in Valley township, where he has resided most all his life. At the age of seventeen he began to work independently, and for some time was in the employ of the People's Gas Company, being married during that period. For eighteen months he made his home at Leechburg, there working in the American Sheet Steel Mill, and five years ago he returned to the old homestead, where he has since been engaged in farming. He gives all his attention to his agricultural interests, which are prospering under his intelligent care, and he is regarded as one of the industrious and reliable young citizens of his neighborhood, worthy of the good opinions of his neighbors and friends. He has served as school director, and in politics is usually on the side of the Republican party, favoring good government and progressive measures, however, regardless of party.

Mr. Moore was married to Ollie Olinger, and they have had two children: Charles Adam, born Jan. 16, 1908; and Ray Olinger, born Jan. 18, 1910.

Source: Pages 825-826, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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