Biography of David E. Carnahan
Indiana County, PA Biographies

DAVID EDWARD CARNAHAN, one of the progressive young business men of Shelocta and a member of the leading mercantile firm of that borough and section of the county, is the son of Thomas M. and Mary E. (Hamilton) Carnaban, and was born on a farm about one mile from Indiana, in White township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, September 2, 1860. Thomas Carnaban was reared on a farm and was engaged in agricultural pursuits near Indiana, until he came to his present farm in Armstrong county. Since 1890, Mr. Carnahan has been engaged in the general mercantile business at Shelocta, being the senior member of the firm of Thomas M. Carnahan & Son. He has prospered in his various enterprises, and is known as a man of conservative and safe business methods. He married Mary E. Hamilton, and they have had eight children, of whom seven are living.

D. E, Carnahan was reared on his father's White township farm, where he was carefully trained in the work and management of a farm. He attended the public schools, in which be obtained a good business education. Leaving school, he was engaged in farming and stockraising until 1889, when he concluded to embark in the general mercantile business. He formed a partnership with E. G. Orr, and they purchased the mercantile establishment of G. J. Jones, at Shelocta, which they successfully conducted until February, 1890, tinder the firmname of E. G. Orr & Co. He then purchased Mr. Orr's share in the store and associated his father with himself in the business, Under the firm name of Carnahan & Son. They have a large and conveniently arranged establishment which is well filled with a stock of goods worth in the neighborhood of $7,000. Their trade is such that their yearly sales average $12,000 and are constantly increasing. They study the wants of their customers and aim to select goods to suit the tastes of the public, which they have been very successful in satisfying since entering into the mercantile business.

P. E. Carnahan is a prominent and active member of the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics and was principally instrumental in starting the council of that order, which was organized at Shelocta in the summer of 1890. He has won commercial success and the position he holds in the confidence of the pubIic, through his own efforts and his correct business methods.

In September, 1890, he united in marriage with BelIe Ralston at Niagara Falls, New York.


From:
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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