Edward Moore


EDWARD MOORE, general manager and foreman of the Moore Mining Tool Company, of Oakland (post office New Bethlehem), Armstrong county, has been associated with that concern since it was established, and has followed the same business all his life. Situated in a mining region, where the demand for such tools is constant, the Moore Company has a reputation second to none for the quality and perfection of its products.

Mr. Moore was born in Mahoning township, Armstrong county, July 21, 1867, and has passed most of his life there. He belongs to an old Pennsylvania family, his great-grandfather, John Moore, having been a pioneer of Donegal township, Butler county, where he cleared and improved the farm upon which he resided until his death. His wife�s maiden name was Nelson.

Jesse Moore, son of John, was born in Butler county , and married Rachel Bachman, a native of Luzerne county, Pa. In 1859, they settled in Mahoning township, Armstrong county, where they spent the rest of their lives.

David Moore, son of Jesse and Rachel (Bachman), was born April 21, 1837, in Donegal township, Butler Co., Pa., and came with his parents to Mahoning township in 1859. On Aug. 28, 1862, he enlisted for service in the Civil war, joining Company H, 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, was mustered into the army at Harrisburg, Pa., two weeks later, and joined the regiment at Nashville, Tenn. He served almost three years, taking part in the battles of Stone River, Dug Gap, McLemores Cove, Lookout Mountain, and other actions, and was honorably discharged June 22, 1865. Mr. Moore has been married three times, his first wife being Mary Jane Henry, of Mahoning township, Armstrong county, his second, Matilda Bitters, daughter of Joseph Bitters, of Blacklick Furnace, and his third, Cynthia Adams. To the second union were born five children: Edward, Elizabeth, wife of James Anthony; Gertrude, wife of J.A. Behem; James G., and John H.

Edward Moore grew up in Mahoning township and was educated there in the common schools. When eighteen he began his apprenticeship to the business he has since followed, the making of mining tools, serving two years. After another year�s work he was appointed foreman of a tool shop at Reynoldsville, Pa., for Bell, Yates & Co., with whom he reamined three years. In 1894, he embarked in business for himself at Oakland, continuing there until 1907, when his shop was burned. After this disaster he went out to Los Angeles, Cal., where he was in the employ of an automobile house for a few years, in 1910 returning to Oakland and rebuilding his shop. In partnership with his brother John he did business under the name of Moore Brothers for one year, his brother then selling his interest to A.D. Smith of Pittsburgh, who has since been associated with Edward Moore as the Moore Mining Tool Company. The plant is equipped with the most approved modern machinery for the manufacture of mining tools for all purposes, and the output has a reputation for high quality which has brought the firm national popularity.

On November 24, 1887, Mr. Moore married Clara Sample, daughter of Henderson and Catherine (Jones) Sample of Oakland, and the have had nine children: Elmo, who is deceased; Catherine; Michael; Samuel; Foster; Chester; C.A.; Pauline; and Carman.

Mr. Moore is a Seventh Day Adventist in religious connection. Socially he belongs to the Royal Arcanum, and in political association he is a Republican.

Source: Pages 859-860, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Pam Clark for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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