Biography of W. C. Ralston
Indiana County, PA Biographies

W. C. RALSTON, D.D.S., of Saltsburg, In diana county, Pa., was born May 30, 1848, in Perry township (near Blairsville), Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania; is a son of John Ralston. His grandfather, William Ralston, came with his parents from Ireland when five years of age and settled in Salem township, Westnioreland county, was reared in the bounds of Congruity, became a member of that church in his youth, and in manhood served as ruling elder. He died in 1852, aged sixty-seven years. His son, John Ralston (father of Dr. W. C. Ralston), was born in 1809, in Salem township, Westmoreland county, Pa., where he spent the greater part of his life. In 1838 he married Elizabeth Mason, daughter of Thos. Mason (ex-county surveyor of Westmoreland county). He purchased the old homestead (his father's farm), where he remained for thirty two years, and in the spring of 1884 removed to Saltsburg, where he died November 9th of the same year. He was a successful farmer and a man who took a great interest in the cause of education and temperance, and was rewarded by seeing all his children prepared to fill places of usefulness in life. He was a Presbyterian in religious faith and a republican in politics. His wife, Elizabeth Ralston, was born July 2d, 1815, and died July 10th, 1887; their remains lie side by side in Edgewood cemetery, Saltsburg, Pa.

W. C. Ralston was reared on his father's farm near Congruity and received his education in the public schools and Elder's Ridge and Logan academies, and also is a graduate of Duff's college, Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1879 he entered the dental office of Dr. Waugaman, Greensburg, Pa., and pursued the study of dentistry for two years; he afterwards attended the Baltimore dental college, from which he graduated March 4th, 1882, as one of a class of sixty seven members. He then located at Saltsburg, where he has remained ever since in the successful practice of his profession.

On September 11th, 1884, he united in marriage with Annie M. Deery, only child of Archie Deery, of Saltsburg, Pa., who was a man of irreproachable character and high standing in Saltsburg, where he had been president of the First National bank for many years aiid until his death, September 16th, 1890. On December 21st, three months later, his wife joined him in the eternal world. To Dr. and Mrs. Ralston have been born two children: Sarah E. and Anna M.

Dr. Ralston is a republican and is a member of the Saltsburg Presbyterian church. He owns some desirable real estate, and, besides being an excellent workman in his profession, is a man of business ability who stands well with the public.

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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