JOSEPH W. McMASTER, an enterprising citizen and a progressive business man of Latrobe, was born November 1, 1864, in Ligonier valley, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, a son of Samuel C. and Jane (Douglas) McMaster.
Joseph W. McMaster received his education at the common schools of the neighborhood, which he attended until he was seventeen years of age, after which he worked on a farm for a short period of time. He then turned his attention to railroading, which line of work he pursued for a time, but being desirous of seeing something of his native country outside of the environment of his home he went out west, locating in the state of Dakota, where he remained until 1899, in which year he returned to his native state and took up his residence in Latrobe. He at once established a livery business, which prospered greatly under his management, and September 27, 1902, he opened another livery establishment on Railroad street, where he is conducting business at the present time (1905). His place of business is neat, attractive, commodious in its arrangement, and well stocked with horses and vehicles suitable for all occasions. Mr. McMaster married, June 26, 1896, Elizabeth Peth, born in the village of New Germany, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Erwin and Rose (Kerre) Peth, and three children were born of this union: Rose, Joseph and Catherine McMaster.
Source: History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume II, by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906, Page 296.
Transcribed by Carol C. Eddleman for the Westmoreland County History Project.
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