Charles B Peters


CHARLES B. PETERS, member of the firm of McKelvey & Peters, who carry on a thriving planing mill business at Rural Valley, was born July 28, 1878, two miles south of that borough, son of James S. and Mary A. (Cooper) Peters.

James S. Peters came to Cowanshannock township, Armstrong county, from Philadelphia, and buying 400 acres of land about two miles south of Rural Valley there spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1890. He was a member of the Methodist Church, assisting generously in its support and work, holding various offices. In politics he was Republican. He is buried in the Rural Valley cemetery. Mr. Peters was twice married, his first wife being Susan Smith, and their union was blessed with five children: Arabella R., Eudora J., Susan V., Samuel F., and Isaac Wilbert, the two latter surviving. His second marriage was to Mary A. Cooper, to which union the following children were born: James M., Mary I., Charles B., Etta May (who died young), Frank E., Robert J. (deceased) and Howard O.

Charles B. Peters received a good public school education, attending high school at Rural Valley and Whitesburg. After learning the carpenter's trade he followed farm work for five years, and for the next five years was engaged as traveling salesman, selling machinery for the International Harvester Company and the Empire Grain Drill Company. His territory was in Armstrong county. After this experience he was engaged in the painting business for two years before entering his present line, the lumber and planing mill business. On March 18, 1908, he formed the association with E. L. McKelvey which has since been maintained under the firm name of McKelvey & Peters, who have a well equipped plant and are engaged as manufacturers and dealers in siding, ceiling, flooring, molding, bill stuffs, windows, doors, frames, turned work, everything, in fact, which may be produced in a first-class shop of the kind. They make a specialty of custom work. The establishment is well patronized by contractors in the locality, and has a high reputation for the good grade of its work.

The success Charles B. Peters has had as a business man has won him the confidence of his fellow citizens in a high degree, and he has been chosen to various local offices, having served as member of the school board, auditor and road master, in all these positions doing characteristically good work and showing commendable public spirit. On Nov. 4, 1913, he was elected burgess of Rural Valley borough. He is a Republican on purely political questions. He is a member of the M. E. Church, in which he has been very active, having served as steward and Sunday school teacher. Socially he is a member of Rural Valley Lodge, No. 766, I. O. O. F., and of the Volunteer Fire Company of Rural Valley, of which he has been secretary for many years.

On Oct. 19, 1898, Mr. Peters was married to Mary E. Wagner, daughter of Jacob and Mary Wagner, of Plum Creek township, this county. They have six children: James B., Jacob D., William J., Berten E., Thelma Elizabeth and Own Clair.

Source: Pages 463-464, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R. Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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