Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897
[p. 243] one of New Castle's leading grocers, was born in the above city, April 3, 1872, and is a son of Elias and Margaret (McKever) Long, grandson of John Long, great-grandson of Joseph Long, and great-great-grandson of Alexander Long, who came from Westmoreland Co., Pa., and located on a farm just a little south of New Castle in 1806. His two sons, Joseph and Arthur, divided the farm between them, each taking 100 acres; they lived there all the rest of their several lives, Joseph Long, our subject's great-grandfather, meeting his death by drowning, when attempting to ford the river at Rock Point on horseback, when forty years of age. He was survived by his wife, Ella, and the following seven children, all of whom grew to maturity: Alexander; John, our subject's grandfather; Sarah; Margaret; Joseph, Jr.; David; and Arthur S. Our subject's grandfather was born in New Castle, which remained his home through the greater part of his life, in which he was engaged principally as a farmer.
Elias Long was born in New Castle, and early in life entered into the limestone business; after a few years, he disposed of his property and investments in that direction, and engaged in the grocery business in South New Castle, where he continued for twenty-eight years, winning the highest esteem of his large circle of acquaintances and customers, and building up a very extensive trade. His death, from an attack of typhoid fever, occurred in March, 1895, at the age of fifty-six years. He served in the council sixteen years, and was overseer of the poor six years. His wife passed away at the age of forty- six years, a victim of consumption. Their children were named: Ella; John F., deceased; Grace, deceased; Joseph Dick, the subject of this sketch; Jessie E.; and James R.
Our subject attended the New Castle schools, and when eighteen years old began clerking in his father's store. In 1894, in company with Messrs. E. & F. Davis, under the style of J. D. Long & Co., he opened up a general grocery store in the Cunningham Block at No. 8 Pittsburg Street. At the expiration of one year, Mr. Long bought out his partners, and does at this writing a very large and remunerative business in New Castle and its vicinity, employing three clerks to attend to the wants of his customers. He is a popular, well-liked young man, whose success has been richly deserved. He owns the old homestead at No. 680 Moravia Street, which his grandfather built. In his political views, he is independent. He is a member of the fraternal order, F. & A. M., and since his early manhood his whole time and attention has been devoted to his business, with what result we have already shown.
Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897
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