Biography of John P. St. Clair
Indiana County, PA Biographies

JOHN P. ST. CLAIR. Among the business men of Homer City, none rank higher than John P. St. Clair, ex-clerk of the board of commissioners of Indiana county and proprietor of the Homer City flouring mills. He is a son of Hon. Thomas and Charlotte (Patton) St. Clair, and was born at Indiana, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, December 31, 1848. He is of Scotch Irish descent and on his paternal side is descended from the St. Clair family of Scotland, which was founded during the middle ages, by Sir Walderne de St. Clair, a Norman Knight, and whose full history will be found in the sketch of Hon. Thomas St. Clair, of Indiana. James St. Clair, Sr. (great-grandfather and cousin to Gen. Arthur St. Clair), came from Ireland to York county and served in the Revolutionary war. His son, James St. Clair (grandfather), came to this county, where he married Jennie Slemmons, of Irish descent and reared a family of ten children: Margaret, William S., Mary W., James, Samuel, Isaac, John, Robert, Hon. Thomas, M.D., and Hiram. (See sketch of Ex Senator St. Clair, of Indiana.)

John P. St. Clair received his education in the common schools and Indiana academy. Leaving school, he engaged in the general mercantile business as a member of the firm of Sutton, Lloyd & Co, but soon withdrew from that firm and formed a partnership with W. R. Laughry, tinder the firm name of Laughry & St. Clair, which name was afterward changed to Sutton, Laughry & Co., when Peter Sutton entered the firm. In 1871 Mr. St. Clair exchanged his interest in this latter firm for a third interest in the old "Two Lick" grist mill. His father bought the remaining two thirds interest and they operated it under the firmname of Thomas St. Clair & Son until February, 1876, when they sold the mill. They then engaged in business at Two Lick's station as the " Two Lick's Lumber company, limited." Three years later they sold their property at the station and dissolved partnership. John P. St. Clair, in the mean time, was elected clerk of the commissioners of Indiana county, which office he assumed on January 1, 1879, and filled very creditably for his term of three years. In 1882 he inherited a third interest in the Homer City mills, and since that time has devoted his attention to the management of these mills and building up the extensive trade which he now enjoys. The mill, including the other buildings on the property, is worth $25,000. It is one of the oldest mills in the county, and since being improved and refitted by Mr. St. Clair, has a capacity of seventy five barrels of flour per day.

January 4, 1872, he married Martha J. Daugherty, daughter of James R. and Anna M. (Hart) Daugherty, of Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. St. Clair are the parents of seven children: Mary C., born March 3, 1873; Thomas P., born January 2, 1876; Frank D., born June 10, 1879; John D., born July 4, 1881; Jennie, born May 11, 1884; James R., born August 26, 1886; and Anna Joe, born December 2, 1888. Mrs. St. Clair is an intelligent and amiable woman, a devoted mother, a kind friend and an earnest, consistent member of the Homer City Presbyterian church, of which her husband was for years a trustee and is now an eider.

J. P. St. Clair is a member of Indiana Lodge, No. 21, Ancient Order United Workmen. In politics lie is independent, regarding a candidate's character and capabilities for the office for which he is a nominee, rather thau his political views. He has filled the office of school director for seven years and is a member of the borough council. He resides in a pleasant and tasteful residence in a desirable part of the town and his excellent wife has rendered their home as attractive without as it is genial and hospitable within.


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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