SMITH McCLELLAND ALBRIGHT, proprietor of Albright's restaurant and confectionery, one of the leading and best patronized establishments in Mount Pleasant, which he has conducted since 1896, was born in Preston county. West Virginia, in the vicinity of Kingwood, October 3, 1862. His parents are William and Rachel Albright, the former a miller by trade, whose operations have been conducted on an extensive scale. His grandfather David Albright emigrated from Germany and settled in West Virginia, purchasing large tracts of land near what is known as Albrightsville, a town named in his honor. He owned and operated a large distillery, conveying his goods to and from Baltimore, Maryland, by wagon, and in addition to this he operated a ferry across the Cheat river. He was a man of the strictest integrity, and by commendable industry and patient perseverance he carved out for himself a successful and enviable career.
Smith McC. Albright obtained the educational advantages afforded by the public schools of his neighborhood, which he attended until fourteen years of age. He then accepted a clerkship, remaining until he attained his majority, after which he engaged in the general merchandise business at Friendsville, Maryland, under the firm name of Gibson & Albright. where he remained eighteen months. He then came to Stahlstown, Pennsylvania, and in the fall of 1886 took up his abode at Mount Pleasant and engaged at clerking. The following year he returned to West Virginia where he remained until 1891 and then returned to Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and for five years served in the capacity of clerk. At the expiration of that period of time he established his present business, that of restaurant, ice cream parlor and confectionery store. He began business in the building adjoining his present place, and after remaining there five years accumulated sufficient capital to purchase ground and erect a building of his own, a two-story structure, wherein he conducts a large and profitable trade. In 1899 he erected a fine frame residence on College avenue, Mount Pleasant, also a bakery, renting the latter, but this property he disposed of in 1901 at an advantageous once. In the spring of 1877 he became a member of Moss Rose Lodge, No. 350, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is now noble grand; a member of Ezra Encampment. No. 310 a member of the Royal Arcanurn, No. 592; and a member of Improved Order of Heptasophs, No. 173.
Mr. Albright married, December 25. 1883 Keziah Irvin, who died October, 1885, leaving one child, Bertha Grace, January 1, 1888. Mr. Albright married Dora A. Davenport, a native of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, daughter of Alexander and Hanah Davenport, natives of New York state. Two children are the issue of this marriage: Eva May, and Emma Leona. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.
Source: Page(s) 150-151, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed March 2006 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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