J. K. LONG. Among the active and representative citizens of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania may be mentioned the name of J. K. Long, who was born one mile south of the town in which he now resides. Greensburg, in Hempfield township, October 27, 1863. He is the youngest child in the family of Samuel and Mary (Scepter) Long, and a grandson of Nicholas Long, who was one of the early settlers of Westmoreland county.
Samuel Long (father) was born in the vicinity of Adamsburg, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, 1822. During early life he learned the trade of blacksmith, which occupation he followed continuously up to the year 1881, in addition to that of buying and selling coal, which latter line of work he engaged in for several years. He purchased in 1881, his present farm, which is now under a high state of cultivation, and therefore very productive: He has always been an active and earnest worker in the interests of the Democratic party, particularly in Westmoreland county, and being a careful student of politics his counsel was often sought and followed. He married Mary Scepter, daughter of Fred Scepter, in 1845. Their family consisted of six children.
J. K. Lang attended the common schools of Hempfield township, thereby thoroughly qualifying him far an active, useful life. He accepted, in 1881, a position as teacher in the common schools, and continued as such for eight consecutive terms, discharging his duties to the satisfaction of all concerned. In January 1889, he was appointed deputy clerk by James D. Best, clerk of the courts of Westmoreland county, and the duties pertaining to this responsible position were performed in a highly creditable and efficient manner, winning for him the approbation of his chief. He is a firm believer in the principles as laid dawn by Thomas Jefferson, and in the politics of Westmoreland county he takes a keen and active interest. Mr. Lang was married in December 1889, to Rosella Spiegel, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Spiegel.
Source: Page(s) 99, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed February 2006 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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