Biography of Charles H. McLaughlin
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

CHARLES H. McLAUGHLIN, the eldest son of John T. McLaughlin and senior member of the dry goods firm of McLaughlin and Reed, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was born on the homestead farm in Unity township, November 13, 1860. His early education was obtained in the schools of the township, and later at Jefferson Academy, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. After leaving school he engaged in farming for four years. Leaving the farm in 1887 he came to Latrobe and began mercantile life as a partner in the general store of Anderson and McLaughlin. This firm did a successful business and continued for twelve years, when Mr. McLaughlin sold out his interest to Mr. Anderson and retired from the firm. He then began the erection of a brick business block at No. 910 Ligonier street, and in 1899 formed a partnership with S. P. Reed, under the firm name of McLaughlin and Reed. On the completion of the building they opened the only exclusive dry goods and carpet store in Latrobe. The block in which this business is conducted is of modern design with the exterior walls of buff brick. The basement is used mainly as a stock room, the first floor is devoted to dry goods and notions, the second floor carpets and ladies' cloaks, with a special department for showing wall paper. The third floor is the lodge room of the Masonic Fraternity. The firm has enjoyed a very prosperous business from the first, and its volume is steadily increasing. They employ thirteen clerks in addition to the two partners who are active and daily workers in the store. This firm attributes their success in a large measure to intelligent, liberal and persistent advertising, together with their integrity and sound business principles. They not only enjoy a fine local patronage but have developed a growing mail order business from the surrounding territory. Mr. McLaughlin has been the executor and satisfactorily settled two estates, and is now serving as guardian of two orphan families. Politically he is a Republican. He was elected burgess of Latrobe in 1890. From 1893 to 1899 he was a councilman, and for three years of this time president of the council. Mr. McLaughlin became a member of Unity Presbyterian church in 1878. When he removed to Latrobe in 1887 he connected with the First Presbyterian church of that place. He was trustee and treasurer during the erection of the new church edifice in 1891, and a member of the building committee. He was elected elder in 1892, which office he still fills, and is also assistant superintendent of the Sabbath school. At the age of twenty-one he became a Free Mason, joining Loyalhanna Lodge No. 275, at that time being the youngest member of the lodge. He was a charter member of Meridian Conclave, Order of Heptasophs, a membership he still holds.

Mr. McLaughlin has been twice married, his first wife was Sue Herrington, daughter of Hiram and Frances Herrington, of Latrobe. They were married April 18, 1889. At the time of his marriage Mr. McLaughlin was erecting a new home for his bride, but she contracted typhoid fever and on the day the house was completed, July 9, 1889, Mrs. McLaughlin died, after only ten weeks of happy married life. He married, October 12, 1891, Jennie Elliott, daughter of Robert S. and Elizabeth (Bowen) Elliott, of New Florence, Pennsylvania. Robert Elliott is a veteran of the civil war, and in politics an ardent Prohibitionist. For thirty seven years he owned and operated a general store at New Florence. He is now retired. Jennie (Elliott) was born August 10, 1869, and was educated in the schools of New Florence. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin: 1. Julia, born September 12, 1892. 2. Howard, born October 9, 1894. 3. Evelyn, born May 1, 1898. 4. Margaret, born September 11, 1904. The home of Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin at No. 630 Main street, built in the colonial style, is one of the many attractive homes in Latrobe. It was built in 1893, rebuilt and enlarged in 1905.


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

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