J. W. GEORGE, miller and electrician for the Elder's Ridge and West Lebanon Telephone Company, was born Aug. 29, 1868, in South Bend township, Armstrong Co., Pa. His parents were Jacob and Mary Jane (Crawford) George.
Jacob George was born in Pennsylvania, and spent his life in his native state. He was well known in Armstrong county , for he was a skilled mechanic and followed the carpenter's trade, and there are a number of substantial residences in this section which attest his good workmanship and honest methods. He was a quiet, unassuming man, one who performed every duty well and was respected and esteemed by those who knew him.
He was a member of the German Reformed Church at Zion's Valley. He married Mary Jane Crawford, whose father, William Crawford, was born in Ireland, and located a half mile from the birthplace of his grandson, J. W. George, in South Bend Township.
Jacob George died in 1897, having survived his wife. Three sons and one daughter were born to them, two of the family still surviving: J. W. and W. C., the latter being a well-known architect at Pittsburgh.
J. W. George attended the common schools. Becoming interested in electricity, he made a business of electrical work, and now fills the position of wire chief for the Elder's Ridge and West Lebanon Telephone Company, constructing and repairing the wires on the line they operate.
He is considered a very capable man in this line. During the winter season he also operates a feed mill, at Olivet, Pa., which has the capacity to grind two hundred bushels of feed daily, and he supplies the local trade. His mill is well equipped and is operated by steam.
In politics Mr. George is a Democrat. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Elder's Ridge.
Source. Page 954, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed December 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
Published 1998 by the Armstrong County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project