THOMAS JOSEPH DISKIN, an active and enterprising young business man of the borough of Scottdale, who has contributed in no small measure to its growth and prosperity, was born in the community in which he now resides, March 2, 1878, son of Thomas and Mary Diskin, natives of Scottdale.
He attended the public schools of Scottdale until ten years of age, when his parents removed to Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and he then attended the public schools of that city, also the Bellefonte Academy, from which institutions he was graduated. He continued his studies at the Central State College, graduating therefrom in February, 1898, after which he was a student at Duff's Business College, from which he also graduated. He then engaged in the real estate, mortgages, and insurance business, which he still continues, and in which he has achieved a large degree of success. In the latter branch of the business he handles life, accident and fire insurance, representing some of the best companies, namely: Springfield Fire & Marine; Prussian National, of Stettin, Germany; Teutonia, of Allegheny City; Allemannia, of Pittsburg; Armenia, of Pittsburg; Star, of Lexington, Kentucky; Capital, of Hartford, Connecticut; New York Life; and the American Casualty, of Reading. Since the establishment of his business, November, 1898, it has steadily increased in volume and importance, which fact is attributable to his honorable and straightforward methods of conducting business, and to the high and irreproachable character he bears among his fellowmen, who esteem him very highly. He has erected and placed on the market about twelve buildings in the borough of Scottdale, all of which were modern in their appointments, and by their architectural beauty added greatly to the attractiveness of the locality. Mr. Diskin is an Independent in politics. Mr. Diskin married, September 15, 1903, Anna Irene Dolan, of Butler, Pennsylvania, daughter of Daniel and Margaret Dolan, the former named being an oil operator of West Virginia. One child was the issue of this marriage, Mary Margaret. Mr. and Mrs. Diskin are members of the Catholic church.
Source: Page(s) 157, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
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