DAVID FRANKLIN BAIR, of Homestead, Pa., a prominent contractor and builder, was born near Greensburg, Pa., Feb.
27, 1844, son of Benjamin and Catherine (Shuey) Bair, both natives of Westmoreland county. Pa. His father was a
prosperous farmer of that county, where he spent his entire life and there died in 1901, at the advanced age of
eighty seven years. He reared a family of eight children, viz,: Isaac, Jacob; Susannah, wife of George Small; David
Franklin, Hannah; Kate, wife of Jerry Congaware; Joseph and Emanuel. David F. Bair was reared in his native county
and educated in its common schools. He served an apprenticeship as a carpenter, worked as a joiner for four years
and for several years was engaged in contracting at Greensburg. In 1879 he came to Homestead as foreman in the
McClean planing mill, where he remained for a number of years, and then became foreman of the carpenter department
of the Homestead steel works. Since 1900 Mr. Bair has been following contracting and building with much success
and has erected some of the handsomest structures in Homestead. He was married, in 1873, to Margaret, daughter
of Abner and Mary A. (Kestler) Evans, of Greensburg, and they are consistent members of the Presbyterian church.
Mr. Bair is also a member of the Knights of Honor, the B. P. O. Elks and of the republican party.
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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