Morrison R. Moore

MORRISON R. MOORE, whose residence in McKeesport is among the most modern and substantial in that thriving town, is a son of Thomas and Mary Jane Moore, and his birth occurred in Sewickley township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, December 27, 1847.

The common schools in the vicinity of his home afforded Morrison R. Moore the means of obtaining a practical education which thoroughly qualified him for a life of activity and usefulness. After laying aside his books, at the age of seventeen years, he assumed charge of his father's coal yard, managing the same successfully for one year. He then returned to the homestead farm, whereon he labored for a period of time, and for one year thereafter took charge of a set of books for his father, who was conducting a business in Pittsburg. From there he moved to Buffalo in order to take charge of his father's distillery, and after serving five years there assumed the management of a distillery and mines at Scotthaven where he remained five and one-half years. He then located in McKeesport and erected the "Old Possum Hollow" distillery, which he conducted successfully until 1889. He built the Unity Pure Rye Whisky distillery near the town of Latrobe, in August, 1900, and has since continued the management of the same.

Mr. Moore married, in 1869, Sarah Webb, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Skaat) Webb, and they are the parents of four children, all of whom reside at home: 1. Odessa, born March 28, 1871, graduate of the McKeesport high school, also of the State Normal at Buffalo, New York, for the past fourteen years has taught in the McKeesport schools. 2. Grace Emma, born August 9, 1875, graduate of McKeesport high school and Indiana State Normal, Indiana, Pa., now a grade teacher in McKeesport school, having taught there for the past eight years. 3. Morrison B., born October 3, 1877, graduate of McKeesport high school, and of LaFayette College, was one of the four honor men of his class; is a mining engineer, now in charge of concrete foundation construction work of Republic Steel works, Pittsburg. He married Nora Reed in August, 1903, and they have one child, Morrison B., Jr. 4. Helen Lottie, born November 17, 1881, a graduate of McKeesport high school.

Source: History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume II, by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906, Page 294.
Transcribed by Carol C. Eddleman for the Westmoreland County History Project.
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