Samuel T Shoff


SAMUEL T. SHOFF, mine foreman, of Leechburg, was born in Clearfield county, Pa., Feb. 12, 1863, son of Christopher C. And Elizabeth (Stitt) Shoff.

Samuel Shoff, his grandfather, came from Germany, settling in Clearfield county, Pa., where he followed farming, becoming the owner of several farms. As his sons started out in life he gave each one a farm, thus assisting them in establishing themselves. His children were: Christopher C., Robert Absalom, James, Susanna, Rebecca, Isabella, Elizabeth, Hannah, Sarah, and A. C.

Christopher C. Shoff was born in Clearfield county, Pa., in 1839, and adopted farming as his life work. He is now living retired on his farm in Bigler township, Clearfield county. His wife is a daughter of Thomas Stitt. Mr. and Mrs. Shoff had children as follows: George, who died in infancy; Samuel T.; Jay F. and Willis D., of Leechburg; Luther E., at home; James, of Leechburg; Lena, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Emma of Leechburg, married to Andrew Caldwell.

Samuel T. Shoff attended the local schools of his native county, and began his life work on the farm. Later he went into the lumber woods, working there for fifteen years. He then entered the coal mines in Clearfield county, whence he went to Saltsburg, Indiana Co., Pa., to work in the old Fairbanks mine. In 1893 he came to Leechburg to take charge of Kirkpatrick's mine, now owned by the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company. Mr. Shoff has thirty-one men under him at the mine, and is a very efficient man.

In 1888 Mr. Shoff married Bessie E. Marks, daughter of George and Mary Marks, of Center county, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Shoff have no children. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, belonging to the local lodge and to the encampment; and is a Mason, in this connection holding membership in Leechburg Lodge, No. 577, F. & A. M., of which he is a past master; Orient Chapter, No. 247, R. A. M., of Kittanning; and Tancred Commandery, No. 48, K. T., of Pittsburgh. He is very well known fraternally. In politics he is a Republican, and he has served in the council of Leechburg for seven years. The Lutheran Church of Leechburg holds his membership, and he is on the church council.

Source: Pages 733-734 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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