H M Nichols

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H. M. NICHOLS, of Kellersburg, Armstrong county, has been engaged in the blacksmith business at that place for the last fifteen years, and is now serving as justice of the peace. He is one of the well-known citizens of the locality. Mr. Nichols was born in Perry township, Clarion Co., Pa., Sept. 15, 1867, and is a grandson of Asa Nichols, who came to this section from New York State, settling in Strattonville, Pennsylvania.

Isaac N. Nichols, father of H. M. Nichols, was born in New York State, and was two years old when the family moved to Clarion county. He was a resident of Perry township for some sixty years, dying there in November, 1911, at the age of seventy-nine. By trade he was a carpenter, but he also did other kinds of work. He was married in Perry township to Charity Neff, a native of that township, daughter of Thomas Neff, and they became the parents of nine children, of whom H. M. is seventh in the order of birth. He and his brother, A. L. Nichols, are the only members of the family residing in Armstrong county. The mother still makes her home in Perry township, Clarion county. She is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, to which her husband also belonged, and he was a Republican in politics, but not active in such matters.

H. M. Nichols received his education in the common schools of Perry township, Clarion county. He learned his father´┐Żs trade, that of carpenter, at which he was employed until 1898, when he commenced to do blacksmith work at Kellersburg. He acquired his knowledge of the trade under L. J. Wolf who was well known as a justice of the peace here also. Mr. Nichols succeeded Mr. Wolf in the blacksmith business, buying his present property in October, 1898, and he has not only held the old patrons but continued to develop the trade steadily. He does blacksmithing and general repair work. He has one and a half acres of land, on which he built his comfortable residence in 1904. For one year Mr. Nichols was assistant mail carrier on the Mahoning R. F. D. route No. I. In November, 1911, he was elected justice of the peace for Madison township, the duties of which office he discharges with characteristic ability and due regard for his obligations to his fellow citizens.

In September, 1888, Mr. Nichols married Cora E. Moorhead, daughter of J. W. Moorhead, an old settler of Armstrong county, and they have two living children, Velma E. and Mary Bell. Four children died in infancy. Mr. Nichols holds membership in Lodge No. 1139, I.O.O.F., of Widnoon, Pa. Since 1898 he has been a member of the M. E. Church at Kellersburg, which he has served faithfully as an official. In political connection he has always been a Republican.

Source: Page 768 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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