HENRY JOHNSTON JORDAN. Among the popular citizens of Mount Pleasant must be numbered Henry Johnston Jordan, son of Johnston Barndollar and Lovina Christina (Shupe) Jordan, and was born April 25, 1859.
He was educated in the public schools, and while still in his teens was employed at the Standard coal and coke works. He then assisted his father for two years in the hotel of which the latter was the proprietor, and in 1888 went to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, where for five years he was employed as a clerk. In 1893 he took charge of the National Hotel, of which his father had been the previous proprietor, and has since conducted the same. On becoming the head of this establishment in which he has served an apprenticeship to the hotel business, Mr. Jordan refitted it throughout, making of it the largest and best-equipped hostelry in the borough. Mr. Jordan gives his whole attention to the duties of his position, which he is admirably fitted to discharge. He has always been actively identified with every movement having for its object the welfare of the borough, and although not an office seeker has been frequently urged to accept positions of trust which he has steadily refused to do. He is a member of the County and State Hotel Men's Associations, a charter member of the Loyal Association of the Royal Arcanum, No. 97, and also belongs to the Royal Arcanum, No. 592, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, No. 868, a charter member of Mount Pleasant Lodge, a member of the Pike Run Country Club, of which he was one of the charter members, also a member of The Homeless No. 26. In political affairs he is a staunch Republican, and is ever ready to give of his time and efforts for the welfare of the organization. He is a member of the county committee. Mr. Jordan married, January 2, 1892. Eliza A., daughter of William and Mary Rush, of Connellsville, the former being now deceased. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Jordon: Gertrude E., Henry, died March 16, 1903, in his seventh year; Christina Marie, and Josephine Elizabeth. Mrs. Jordan was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania.
Source: Page(s) 145-146, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
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