Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 486] one of the foremost citizens of Wilmington township, Lawrence Co., Pa. who fully knows the power and influence which the farming community has in the affairs of this county of ours, and who has made it his life work to be an upright, respected and worthy member of that community, was born on the place where he now resides Dec. 6, 1861. He is a son of Hon. A. P. and Rebecca (Junkin) Moore.

The grandfather was a native-born Pennsylvanian, and followed farming up to the date of his early decease, when forty years of age. He was the father of six children, who were named as follows: William; David; Jonathan; Alexander P.; Nancy, deceased; and one that died in infancy.

Hon. A. P. Moore, father of the subject of this writing, first saw the light of day in Huntingdon Co., Pa., where he spent his early days. He was educated in the schools of Alexander, of the above-named county, and while still a youth went into the stock business at the age of sixteen in partnership with his uncle Alexander Patterson. Becoming very prosperous and well-to-do, he invested his surplus profits in real estate, buying about the year 1830 in Wilmington township, this county, the estate known as the Buckwater place, a farm that contains upwards of 1,000 acres. This is the property which our subject now owns and operates. In 1847, he built the handsome and substantial residence which stands on the place. In 1873 the spacious barns now in use were added, thus making the equipment of the farm complete in every respect., Mr. Moore had in his day probably as extensive an acquaintanceship with the people of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio as any man in Lawrence County; his business interests carried him over a great area of country, and he became very familiar with the people and the resources of many sections. He was energetic in all affairs of life, and twice in his history was prevailed upon to represent this district in the State Legislature at Harrisburg. This position he filled so well that he could have held higher offices in the State or Nation had he so willed, but his interest in the stock business was too keen to permit any political ambition to control his actions. His whole life was one of active work and well-directed effort. That he prospered was a logical result. He died on the home estate at the advanced age of eighty years. Hon. A. P. Moore was twice united in the bonds of marriage. First to Rebecca Junkin, to whom seven children were born: John Agnew; Anna; Mary; Benjamin; David; Harry M.; and Oliver, now deceased. After four years of widowerhood, he married Anna Saterfield, but no children resulted from this union.

Harry M. Moore received the best training that our schools could afford. He finished the common school course, and then attended the State Normal School at Edinboro for two years, finally finishing with a business course, pursued at Duff's Business College at Pittsburg, Pa. At his father's death he came into possession of the home estate, and has followed agriculture in all its varied phases ever since. It goes without saying that a man who has the care of such a vast stretch of cultivated land as does Mr. Moore must be a busy person, and he is. The whole estate, however, bears undisputed marks of painstaking care and nice management. Mr. Moore has a decided talent for details and the ability of accomplishing a great deal of work in a minimum period of time. He finds leisure sufficient to keep well posted on what is transpiring at home and abroad, and his methods are those of a modern farmer. His specialty is stock-raising, though his place is well fitted to raise anything that grows in this climate.

Mr. Moore married Rachel McCreary, daughter of William and Nancy (Cunningham) McCreary of New Wilmington, the latter a daughter of the well-known Stewart C. Cunningham. Mr. McCreary and his wife were the parents of eight children: Rachel Lavena, wife of our subject; James Scott, deceased; Stewart C., who married Agnes Hamilton, and has one son, Harry Warner; Ida, who became the wife of G. D. Hoffman, a druggist of Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pa.; Sarah, who lives at home, and who is known in musical circles of the county as a proficient and artistic warbler and whistler; Eva Mary, a graduate of the Westminster College of Music, and a music teacher of wide experience since 1892, lives at home; Myrtle, now attending Westminster College; and Mary Edna, who is studying for the career of an elocutionist. The McCreary family are Methodists in their church leadings, and have always occupied a prominent and respected place in the community. Along with the many excellent qualities which our subject inherits from his honored father is a strain of true Republican spirit, with which is commingled a great amount of real patriotism. Mr. Moore is proud of the nation, and proud of the Keystone State. He lives in what he is convinced is the best county in the State, and his neighbors say that he has one of the best, if not the best, tract of land in that county. His prosperity is gratifying to all, and his ready, good-natured ways have won him many friends and well-wishers on every side.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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