Samuel M Turk


SAMUEL M. TURK, postmaster at parker's Landing ,Pa was born at Black Fox, Clarion ,Pa Sept 30, 1863 son of John and Mary (Marshall)

Turk, and grandson of Samuel Turk .

Samuel Turk and his wife, Martha (Thompson) Turk, postmaster at parker's Landing, Pa., was born in Ireland and were pioneers in Muddy Creek township, Butler Co., Pa., where they lived for many years.

John Turk, son of Samuel Turk above , was born in Butler county, Pa. In early manhood he was engaged in teaming for the Black Fox, Brady's Bend and Maple Furnaces. After the excitement over the discovery of oil broke out at Parker City he embarked in the oil business with others in 1869. This venture for certain reasons, proved a failure, and he became superintendent of leases for other companies for about tweleve years. He died in 1902 at the age of seventy-two years. His wife Mary Marshall, was born in Butler county, PA., daughter of John Marshall and granddaughter of John Marshall. The latter was born in Ireland, of Scotch-Irish parentage, and was a pioneer in Westmoreland county, Pa. He married Catherine Truby, who was of German birth and ancestry.

John Marshall (2), son of John Marshall, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa. He was a cousin of Chief Justice Marshall of the United States Supreme court. John Marshall came very early to Armstrong county and located on the present site of the Second ward, Parker City, and there he lived until his death, at the age of eighty-seven years. He married Charlotte Thome, who died at the age of forty-four years, and their children were as follows: Mary, William, John, Samuel, Elisha, Henry ( a Civil war soldier) and Frederick, the survivors being Elisha

and Mary, who is now in her eighty-fifth year. John Marshall laid out the Second ward of the city of Parker and sold the land for building purposes.

To John and Mary (Marshall) Turk the following children were born:

Marshall, Elizabeth and Elisha R., all of whom are deceased: Henry, Samuel M., and Anna M.

Samuel M. Turk was reared at Parker City and educated in the public schools. At the age of fifteen years he entered the employ of the Western Union Telegraph Company as a messenger boy, at Parker City, acting in the capacity for five years, during which period he learned telegraphy. In 1883 he accepted a position as operator for Allegheny Valley railroad Company, at Parker's landing, and a month later resigned to accept the position of agent for Adams Express Company, serving as such for twelve years. Mr Turk, then embarked in the general mercantile business at Parker City, which he continued four years. On Jan. 1, 1898, he was appointed postmaster at Parker's Landing (postoffice of Parker City) and has held the office continuously ever since, to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. He is a progressive and enterprising citizen and has been closely associated with the advancement of his section. Among his business associates he is held in the highest esteem, and is president of the Weisfield Manufacturing & Chemical Company, manufactures of a superior line of proprietary medicines and extracts, from the formulas of Dr. C. A. Weisfield, of Parker City.

Politically Mr Turk is a steadfast Republican. He served one term as a member of the common council of Parker City and was elected to the select council, but resigned the latter position in order to assume the duties of mayor, to which honorable office he was elected in 1892; he gave the city a fine administration.

On Sept 25, 1886, Mr Turk was married to Marie Riddle a daughter of John and Phebe (Cartwright) Riddle, of Bruin Pa and they have one son, Walter who is a cleck in the post office at Parker's Landing. The latter married Catherine Church of this Place.

Source: Pages 783-784, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Bonnie Schultz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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