EMOR M. GARWOOD is one of the prominent business men among the younger generation of Greensburg, and is the first of his family in Westmoreland countv. For over a century the Garwoods have been land-owners and prominent citizens of Fayette county, the family estate being about three miles south of Brownsville, in Luzerne township. The original ancestors of the Garwood family came from England and settled among the Quakers in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Obed Garwood removed from Cumberland county to Fayette county, purchasing four hundred acres of land in Luzerne township, November 16, 1783. His son Obed succeeded to this land and lived and died in Fayette county. Benedict Garwood, his son, brought up a large family on the old homestead in Fayette county, and George, the youngest son, was born there in 1839. George Garwood was married to Rachel M. Haney, a native of Fayette county in 1862. He died September 28, 1903, and his widow survived less than a year, dying June 25, 1904. They had nine children, named respectively, Edith F., Charles S., Emor M., see forward; Albert G., Frank E., Harry Clyde, Nathaniel E., Bessie M., and Evelyn L., the latter being the wife of W. S. Rial, of Greensburg.
In September 1887, Emor M. Garwood left the fame and going west began business for himself in Streator, Illinois, where he was engaged as book- keeper for Powers Brothers, a large hardware firm. He was afterwards assistant cashier of the freight department of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad at Streator. Leaving Illinois in 1889, he came to Uniontown, Fayette county, and shortly afterward removed to Westmoreland county, where he became proprietor of the Hill House in Scottdale. In October, 1900, he located in Greensburg as manager of the Monahan Hotel, and in 1902 purchased the Zimmerman House, which has since been singularly successful under his management. He married, July 26,1887, Katharine Chalfant Cline, daughter of T. H. and Elizabeth Cline, of Brownsville. They have had three children, but one of whom. Marie Chalfant, is living. They are members of Christís Episcopal Church, of Greensburg. The Garwoods have been Republicans since the birth of the party in 1856, and prior to that were Whigs. Emor M. Garwood has always been an active worker in the Republican party, casting his first vote for Benjamin Harrison in 1888. Though an earnest worker in the ranks, he has never sought official position. He is now, however, prominently spoken of as a candidate for sheriff of Westmoreland county, in 1907, and his energy, prompt business principles and substantial character eminently fit him for the position.
Source: Page(s) 105, History of Westmoreland County, Volume 2, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed June 2001 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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