William Harrison Moore Jr.


WILLIAM HARRISON MOORE, Jr., general merchant and postmaster at Mosgrove, Armstrong county, where he does a thriving business, belongs to a family of German origin which has long been settled in Pennsylvania.

Archibald Moore, his grandfather, was born in Pennsylvania, and died around the year 1850, when about forty-years of age. By occupation he was a farmer and riverman. His wife, Katie (Sipes), a native of Franklin township, Armstrong county, died in 1867, at the age of sixty-three years. She, too, was of a family of German descent which settled in Pennsylvania, being a daughter of John Sipes, who followed farming all his life. To Archibald and Katie (Sipes) Moore were born eight children: Sarah, William H., Harriet, Jonathan (deceased), John (deceased), Catherine (deceased), Adeline (deceased), and Ellis B. (Of Ironton, Ohio).

William Harrison Moore, Sr., son of Archibald Moore, was born July 4, 1836, in East Franklin township, and was engaged in river work during the greater part of his active life. He is a man respected by his fellow citizens, and has held some of the minor township offices; giving satisfactory service. He has always been a Republican in political connection. He now makes his home with his son William H. Moore, Jr. In 1861 he married at Kittanning to Hannah N. Whitehead, who was born Sept. 10, 1839, at Greensburg, Pa., daughter of Daniel and Anna (Schrim) Whitehead. Her father, who was a cooper, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., and died in 1879, when over seventy years of age. His father was a farmer. Mrs. Anna (Schrim) Whitehead was also born in Westmoreland county, and was one of the five children of Jacob Schrim and his wife, whose maiden name was Norgan; Mr. Schrim was a school teacher and farmer. His children were Shepherd, Katie, Amanda, Anna (Mrs. Whitehead) and _______. Mrs. Whitehead died in 1887, at the age of sixty-seven. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Moore: Manzela, Nov. 26, 1861; William H., April 7, 1864; John, Nov. 16, 1866; one unnamed, 1869 (died when ten days old); Chambers, Jan. 12, 1870; Samuel C., July 2, 1872; Mary Jane, Jan. 10, 1874; Elmer Jeremiah, March 11, 1876; Marvin, June 22, 1880. The parents reside at Mosgrove with their son William H. Moore, Jr.

William Harrison Moore, Jr., was born April 7, 1864, in East Franklin township, Armstrong county, and received his education in the local common schools. Commencing on his own account when he reached his majority, he was married at the age of twenty-two and then located at Cowanshannock, in Rayburn township, where he followed mining for a period of six years. He then became freight and ticket agent for the Allegheny Valley Railroad Company at Cowanshannock, being also appointed postmaster, in which capacity he served over two years. Then he served another three years in and about the mines in various capacities, until May 15, 1898, at which time he hired as clerk in the general store of C. E. Butler, at Mosgrove. There he served faithfully for one year, again going back to the mine as a miner for three years, after which he hired as clerk in the general store for Mrs. Annie Butler, at Mosgrove, remaining until May 1, 1903. He was then elected by the U. M. W. of A. As checkweighman at the mines of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, at Mosgrove, and held that position until Oct. 5, 1905, again engaging in the store business as clerk for Mrs. Annie Butler, until Jan. 15, 1906. At that time the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company bought Mrs. Butler's store, and from then until Nov. 27, 1911, he continued as clerk in the company store, on that date becoming its owner. Mr. Moore has built up the business creditably during his management and ownership, and he enjoys a large trade in all lines of merchandise, also dealing in meats. For the last five years he has been postmaster at Mosgrove, having been appointed Nov. 3, 1908. He has made a substantial position for himself in the community by his upright methods and progressive policy.

On Jan. 3, 1886, Mr. Moore married Martha Malisa Tarr, who was born July 8, 1866, in East Franklin township, Armstrong county, daughter of John Tarr, an old resident of that district, and the following children have been born to them: The eldest, born Dec. 20, 1886, died in infancy, unnamed; Clarence J., born Feb. 20, 1888, is operator at the Mosgrove station for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company; Dora May, born June 1, 1890, died May 22, 1909, aged nineteen years; Lossie May, born Aug. 29, 1892, is clerking in her father's store; Anna died when nine months old; Etta Florence, born July 9, 1897, clerks in her father's store; Dewey W., born Oct. 3, 1899, is attending school; Vernie was born Feb. 16, 1900; Belva, July 3, 1902; Frank, March 31, 1906; Harold, Aug. 5, 1907; Elizabeth, June 19, 1909.

Source: Pages 730-731 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Joyce Sherry for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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