Biography of Harry J. McLaighlin
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

HARRY J. McLAUGHLIN, one of Unity township's youngest and prosperous farmers, was born on the home farm January 7, 1866. He is the second son of John T. McLaughlin whose history is on another page. His youth was spent in acquiring an education in the township schools and at the Latrobe high school. Since twenty-one he has been actively engaged in farming. His farm is the eastern half of the old McLaughlin homestead now owned by the heirs of that estate. It contains one hundred and four acres of well tilled land, with six fine springs of running water supplying both farm and residence. There are good orchards of different kinds of fruit. Mr. McLaughlin makes a specialty of dairy farming, shipping daily to Pittsburg the product of nineteen cows. He is modern and progressive in his methods, using silos and the best appliances and machinery known to dairy men. The farm is well stocked with plenty of good horses. The farm house built by his grandfather has been rebuilt and modernized, and in its setting of foliage makes a beautiful home. The barn is very large and well adapted to his needs. Mr. McLaughlin has other business interests, among them a partnership in the firm of C. H. Geiger and Company, shoe dealers in Greensburg.

Politically Harry J. McLaughlin is a Prohibitionist, firmly believing the principles of that party offer the only true solution of the liquor problem. He is a member of Unity Presbyterian church which he serves as elder, as did his father and grandfather before him. Is also secretary of the Sabbath school. He is a man of deep moral and religious convictions. He is diligent in business, is a successful man and stands high in the estimation of those who know thim.

The wife of his choice was Ida R. Geiger, daughter of George W. and Sarah (Peterson) Geiger, of Unity township. George W. is a farmer, a Republican, and both he and his wife are members of Pleasant Unity Presbyterian church. Mr. and Mrs. Geiger are living, he at the age of seventyseven and she fifty nine. Their children were: 1, Scott L., cultivates the home farm; 2. Charles H., firm of C. H. Geiger and Company, Greensburg. He married Elizabeth Hudson, and they are the parents of one child, a daughter; 3. Clark B., a bookkeeper, married Myrtle Welty, they have one son; 4. Ella M., died in 1891, aged thirteen; 5. George W., dkd in infancy; and Ida R., born June 14, 1870, she was educated in the public schools, and married Mr. McLaughlin September 6, 1894. Two children have been born of this marriage, Florence Lucille, born January 3, 1900, and Mary Elizabeth, May 24, 1903.


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

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