G. FRANK WRIGHT, undertaker, embalmer, and furniture dealer. of Monessen. Pennsylvania, was born February 19, 1876, at Dawson, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, a son of Robert H. and Elizabeth E. Wright, and a grandson of John W. Wright.
John W. Wright was born near Washington City, where he lived until his early manhood, when he located in Fayette county and engaged in farming. He died at the age of seventy-six years. He was a church member and a consistent Christian, :a man well liked and respected, although of a retiring disposition.
Robert H. Wright, father of G. Frank Wright and a son of John W. and Susan (Patterson) Wright, is a resident of Dawson, Pennsylvania. He is now retired from business. He married Elizabeth McBride, by whom he had five children, three of whom are living, namely: G. Frank; Margaret, at home, and Eva at home.
G. Frank Wright acquired his education at the public schools of his native place and the normal school at California, Pennsylvania. He learned his present business with his uncle, Mr. Murphy, of Murphy and Company, Scottdale, with whom he was employed for thirteen years in the undertaking department of their establishment. Mr. Wright located at Monessen, December 5, 1902, where he succeeded to the undertaking business of McMahan and McMahan, located on Fifth street. This establishment was not in a flourishing condition when Mr. Wright took charge of it, but he continued at that stand for eighteen months, the business constantly enlarging, and then removed to his present spacious quarters on Donner avenue, in October, 1904. In the furniture department he handles carpets, curtains, window shades, etc., and has extended his trade beyond the confines of the one town into the neighboring boroughs. The undertaking department is complete in every detail, and Mr. Wright has taken courses in embalming at the United States Embalming School and at instruction schools in New York and Chicago. In his social relations he is a member of the F. and A. M., Monessen Lodge; Pittsburg Consistory; B. P. 0. E., Monessen Lodge, No. 773; and K. P., Monessen Lodge. Mr. Wright married, October 12, 1904, Gertrude McGill, daughter of George C. McGill, of Dawson, Pennsylvania.
Source: Page(s) 228-229, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed August 2008 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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