Biography of John M. Williams
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

JOHN M. WILLIAMS, postmaster and proprietor of the leading drug store at Worthington, in West Franklin township, is a son of Jefferson F. and Eliza J. (Huston) Williams, and was born in Manor township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1858. The Williamses are of Scotch descent, John Williams (grandfather) was born in the western part of Pennsylvania, from whence he removed in early life to Manor township, where he engaged in farming until the late war, when he enlisted in a regiment of Pa. Vols., and died in the service during the fall of 1864. Four of his sons also served in the Union army, and one of them, Jefferson F. Williams (father), was born in Manor township, this county, in 1830. He followed farming until the fall of 1864, when be enlisted in the 5th Pa. Heavy Artillery, and died at Fort Reno in December, 1864, of typhoid fever, at the early age of thirty four years. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, and a man who was respected by his neighbors and all who knew him. He married Eliza J. Huston, a native of what is now East Franklin township. After his death she married J. F. Irwin and now resides at Grove City, Mercer county, where she is a member of the Presbyterian church.

John M. Williams was reared on his father's farm until he was seven years of age, when he then accompanied his mother to Dayton, this county, where he attended the Soldiers' Orphans' school. He afterwards attended Glade Run academy, from which he was graduated in the fall of 1878. Leaving school, he engaged in the planing mill business at Dayton, which he followed until the fall of 1884, when his mill was burned. While at Dayton be read medicine with the intention of attending lectures and practicing, but the loss of his mill compelled him to relinquish his medical studies, and in the spring of 1885 he engaged in the drug business at Elderton, where he remained until March, 1888. He then came to Worthington and opened his present drug store. He keeps a large and well assorted stock of pure and fresh drugs, standard proprietary medicines and choice toilet articles. In December, 1889, be was appointed postmaster of Worthington, which position he still holds.

He united in marriage with Ida V. Hinderliter, daughter of John Hinderliter, of Dayton. Their union has been blest with five children, four sons and one daughter: Arthur, Mark, Earl, Joseph and Eliza.

John M. Williams is a republican in politics and has been elected school director of Worthington, of whose town council he is a member, He is a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Royal Arcanum. Mr. Williams gives close attention to the wants of his patrons, and by his medical knowledge is well qualified to correctly and safely fill physicians' prescriptions. He is industrious, painstaking and active and enjoys a good trade.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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