John H. Creighton

JOHN H. CREIGHTON, proprietor of the Hotel Creighton, was born at McKeesport, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, November 18, 1861, son of William and Isabelle (Hay) Creighton. He is one of two children surviving of six, the other being Jeannette, wife of Jonathan Watson, of Connellsville Pennsylvania.

The paternal grandparents were Peter and Jennie (Telford) Creighton, or Crichton, as it was spelled in Scotland, of which country they were natives. Peter Crichton was a contractor and railroad builder, at which business he acquired a fortune. He died in Scotland at the age of seventy-seven. William Creighton, his son, and the father of John H. Creighton, was born in Lanackshire, Scotland, June 8, 1832. He was reared in Scotland and acquired his education in the common schools of that country. In 1856 he emigrated to the United States and located at Port Perery, where he was connected with the river traffic, running on the coal boats for eight or ten years. In 1868 he removed to Larimore and for a few years worked in the coal mines there, later engaging in farming. He was ever active in works for the public good, and for many years served as supervisor of Larimore. Re also served for many years as a member of the school board. Politically he is a Democrat, and in his religious faith is a member of the Presbyterian church. His first wife died about 1868, and he later contracted a second marriage with Catherine Barnes, by whom he has seven children: William, a resident of Larimore; Richard, deceased; Robert and Daniel, twins, both residents of Larimore; Belle, wife of Joseph Loutzenheiser; Catherine, wife of Robert Watson; Johan, wife of A. Burtuer.

John H. Creighton was brought up in the place of his birth, and attended the common schools of that town until he reached the age of sixteen, when he began to work in the mines; for twelve or more years he was connected with that line of industry. During the years 1888-89 he was tax collector of his township. In 1889 he accepted a position at Irwin as a bartender, and in 1892 purchased, in company with Alexander Pool, Hotel Pool, and was located at Manor until May 1, 1894. He sold his interest in the enterprise and went to Europe. Upon his return to this country he built his widely-known hostelry in Hermanie, where he has since continued and managed the hotel with great success. In addition to this he is a director and stockholder in the First National Bank of Suterville. He is a member of Greensburg Lodge. No. 511, B. P. O. E., and of Westmoreland Lodge, No. 415, K. of P. In politics he votes with the Democratic party. Mr. Creighton married, November 25, 1894, Jennie Greenawalt, of Madison, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Simon Greenawalt, now of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Their children are: John H., Jr., Lucien D., William, Maud, and Mary. They are members of the Presbyterian church, and hold a prominent social position in Sewickley township.

Source: History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume II, by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906, Page 266-7.
Transcribed by Carol C. Eddleman for the Westmoreland County History Project.
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