Biography of Harry M. McFeaters
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

HARRY M McFEATERS, of Youngwood, traces his ancestry hack to Ireland. where his grandfather, John McFeaters, was born and reared. He was one of three brothers who came to the United States, two settling in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania. while the grandfather established his home in Indiana county. locating on a farm upon which he spent his remaining days. The land was wild and unimproved when it came into his possession. He built a log cabin in the midst of the forest and began clearing the fields, being one of the pioneer residents of his locality. It was upon this farm that Mark McFeaters, father of Harry M. McFeaters, was born and reared. He was a schoolmate of Judge Harry White. Soon after attaining manhood he came into possession of the old family homestead, on which he resided for many years, but later he sold that property and purchased the old Golden homestead in Brush valley, where he resided up to the time of his death, which occurred. when he was sixty eight years of age. He was a Republican in his political dews, and he and his wife were very active members of the Presbytetian church. His neighbors and acquaintances regarded him as a man of sterling worth and he was respected and honored by all who knew him. He married Rebecca Graham and of their ten children seven are yet living, as follows: John, a resident of Morrellville, Pa.; William, of indianatown; Thomas, of Conemaugh, Pa.; Mathew, who resides in Homewood, Pa.; Nelia, living in Morrellville; Andrew, at Conemaugh; and Harry M., born in Indiana county, Pa., August 4, 1866.

To the public schools of his home locality Harry M. McFeaters is indebted for the educational privileges he enjoyed, and he remained under the parental roof until twenty years of age, when he secured a position as fireman on the Pennsylvania railroad. After four years and nine months spent in that capacity, he was given an engine and for the past thirteen years has served as engineer.

Mr. McFeaters was married, October 5, 1886, to Elsie A. Shafer, a daughter of John Shafer, of Indiana county, Pennsylvania, and they became the parents of five children of whom three are living: Charlie P., Elda Marguerite, and John S.

Mr. McFeaters is a leader in Republican circles in Westmoreland county add served on the countiy committee for ten years. He held the position of city treasurer of Scottdale for three years and there resided until 1901, when he removed to Youngwood, building the fourth house in the borough. At that time it was necessary to go to Weaver's old stand to vote. He was here elected a member of the county central committee. The new village grew rapidly and in 1902 was made a borough, and Mr. McFeaters was appointed assessor, In the spring of 1904 he was elected a member of the borough council and was chosen its president. He is a member of the Lutheran church, is its treasurer and is also serving as a member of the church council, while since' its organization he has been superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr. McFeaters is also chief of the local organization of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and in the spring of 1904 was elected a delegate to the Los Angeles (California) convention, which, he attended, being gone on the trip for sir weeks. His wife is a member of the G. I. A.. of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and was also chosen as a delegate to the Los Angeles convention and accompanied her husband on the trip, they having a most delightful visit to the Pacific coast. He also beiongs to Youngwood Lodge, No. 667, I. O. O. F.; Scottdale Lodge, No. 102, I. O. of H., and is one of the infiuentiat men of the town. He is a member of Ivy Commandry No. 358, K. of M., Greensburg, Pennsylvania.


From:
History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Vol. 3
By: John N. Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
New York - Chicago, 1906

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