E. M. MOYER, founder and senior member of the E. M. Moyer Company, jewelers, of Monessen, is of German origin, his grandfather, Frederick 'Moyer, having immigrated from Germany early in the last century and settled in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania. His father, Enoch Moyer, was a native of Mifflin county, as is also his mother, who was before marriage Catherine Baker.
Enoch Moyer was a tailor by trade but relinquished that occupation in order to engage in agriculture, and he resided upon a farm in Lewistown, Mifflin county, for the remainder of his life, which terminated in August, 1866, one month prior to the birth of his youngest child, E. M. Moyer, the principal subject of this sketch. His widow is still living. Enoch and Catherine (Baker) Moyer reared a family of four children, namely: Henry K., a retired farmer of Edgar, Illinois; Howard, a live-stock dealer in Kansas City, Missouri; Lizzie, wife of J. E. Harman, of Lewiston, Pennsylvania, and E. M., of Monessen.
Born in Lewistown, September 26, 1866, E. M. Moyer began his studies in the public schools and completed his education at an academy. At the age of fourteen years he entered the telegraph service of the Pennsylvania railroad as an apprentice, and having acquired proficiency as an operator he followed that business for about fourteen years, during which time he was employed by different railroad companies in various parts of the country. notably in Elk Garden. West Virginia, where for a period of eight years he acted as operator for the West Virginia Central, which was subsequently absorbed by the Wabash system. Relinquishing telegraphy he accepted a position as travelling salesman for a Philadelphia mercantile house (H. Goldsmith), with which he remained some two years. In 1901 he engaged in the jewelry business at Monessen, establishing the E. M. Mover Company, which he owns. They occupy a centrally located store, forty-eight by twenty-two feet, and in addition to carrying the largest and most complete stock of jewelry and kindred articles, they maintain a fully equipped repairing department, replete with every facility in the way of stock, appliances, artisans, etc.. for executing with neatness and dispatch the simplest as well as the most intricate work known to the jeweler's art. Since locating in Monessen Mr. Mover has become widely and favorably known both in business and social circles. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Eagles, Lodge No. 492. In 1891 he was united in marriage with Miss Flora McKinley, daughter of William and Anna McKinley, of Lonaconing, Maryland. Their children are: Vira, Vesta, Frederick, Bettie and Flora.
Source: Page(s) 237-238, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
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