Alexander Pool

ALEXANDER POOL, of Greensburg, son of William and Eliza (Seanor) Pool, was born July 29, 1841, in Hempfield township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. His grandfather Pool was a native of Germany and settled in America many years ago in Westmoreland county, where he married Polly McAfee, of Irish descent. William Pool and Eliza Seanor were born in HempfieId township. 

Alexander Pool got such education as the schools of Hempfield afforded fifty years ago. At the age of twenty-one he enlisted in Company .B, One Hundred and Forty-Second Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served two years and eleven months. While in the service he was sick two months, and was subsequently put on duty in the hospital for four months. After his return from the war he went to the oil fields of Pennsylvania where he worked at well drilling. Returning to his native township he worked one year for his uncle, Samuel Pool on a farm. He followed farming for himself until 1874 when he engaged in the mercantile business at Hunkers ten years, then engaged in the insurance business for three years. He then purchased a tract of timberland, and for two years was in the lumber business. In 1888 he purchased his present property, being the first lot sold in south Greensburg. He followed teaming one year, then entered the employ of Kelley and Jones, as inspector, remaining about thirteen years, and one year in the employ of the Hempfield Foundry Company, He then retired, and is now enjoying the fruits of his many years of industry. Mr. Pool was elected, February 20, 1906, tax collector for three years. He married December 25, 1866, Mary Jane Evans, born in Stark county, Ohio, April 23, 1837, daughter of Henry and Hannah (Jones) Evans. Their children are: William H., born October 20, 1867, married Ida Barnhart, and they have one child, Vern Pool; 2. Linda May, born June 5, 1868, married F. H. Byers, and their children are: John A., Herbert, Harry, Winifred, Mary, Anna and Clifford. 

Source: Page(s) 113 - 114, History of Westmoreland County, Volume 2, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher.  New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906. 
Transcribed June 2001 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project 
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