Biography of Charles E. Andrews
Clarion County, PA Biographies

ANDREWS, CHARLES E., was born in the city of Philadelphia, October 9, 1828. His father was a merchant, and died soon after Charles was born. His mother remarried, and when Charles was eight years old the family came to Clarion county, settling on a farm. When about eighteen years of age Charles accepted a clerkship in the store of Thomas McKelvey, a merchant in New Bethlehem, at. a salary of forty dollars a year. After serving faithfully for four years he was taken into partnership by his employers, which partnership continued for three years.

In 1854 he started a small store in the same town on his own account, and soon after married Miss Catharine Duff daughter of Samuel Duft then a prominent iron manufacturer in Clarion county. From this time forward Mr. Andrews has prospered, and has been identified with every enterprise of note in New Bethlehem.

In 1860 he built a large saw mill and boat yard, and in 1863 he added a planing mill, and became largely interested in the lumber business, both in his own town and in Jefferson county, Pa.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrews - three girls and two boys. Two of the daughters died in 1872. The two sons, Firman L. and William M., are engaged in business with their father. Firman is a partner in the lumber business, composing the firm of C. E. Andrews & Son. They have a saw and planing-mill in New Bethlehem, and are interested in and handle the production of two large saw and shinglemills in Jefferson county. They manufacture and ship lumber to various parts of several States of the Union. William is a young merchant and partner in a general store, comprising the firm of C. E. & W. M. Andrews. They have an extensive business, which they manage with prudence and skill. The daughter, Carrie, is married and lives in Reynoldsville, Jefferson county.

In the year 1872 the subject of this sketch built a banking-house, and started the New Bethlehem Savings Bank. He was elected the first president of the bank, and has been re-elected annually ever since. John R. Foster is cashier, and the bank is one of the soundest institutions of its kind in Western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Andrews, by his prudence and energy has secured a handsome competence and this coupled with his qualities as a gentleman, has won for him the respect of his neighbors, and he is regarded as a substantial and worthy citizen.

History of Clarion County, Pennsylvania
With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of its prominent pioneers.
EDITED BY: A. J. Davis
D. Mason & Co., Publishers

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