Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897
[p. 224] of Mahoningtown is an engineer on the P. & W. R. R. He was born near New Vernon, Mercer Co., Pa., Oct. 5, 1861, and is a son of Andrew and Maria (Corner) Stright, and grandson on his father's side of George and Margaret (Boland) Stright, and grandson on his mother's side of Thomas and Jane Corner. Our subject's mother was born in Lancashire, England, and came to America with her parents when a child; her father, whose vocation was that of a coal miner, lived to be ninety-seven years old, and his wife attained the good old age of eighty-seven. Andrew Stright was born in Pennsylvania in 1818, and departed this life in 1892. He was a millwright by occupation. In his politics, he was Republican, after the organization of that party, and served his township as school director and as supervisor, being a prominent and able man of his community. He favored the Presbyterian Church in religious matters.
Charles B. lived in New Vernon and attended the schools until he was twelve years of age; since he was sixteen years old, he has made his own way. For eighteen months he worked in a shingle mill in New Vernon Pa., and for the five years succeeding he was employed in the iron works at Youngstown, Ohio; from there he went to Pittsburg, where he worked in the railroad shops for some eight months. Since June 16, 1885, he has been working for the P. & W. R. R.; he served the first two years as a "hostler" in the round house at Orrville, Ohio, was then fireman on an engine for two years, and on Dec. 20, 1889, was promoted to the position of engineer, which he has filled since, with his principal run from Allegheny City to Akron, Ohio. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Division, No. 411, of Painesville, Ohio. He is conscientious and faithful in the discharge of his exacting duties, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his superiors in the largest degree.
He was married, Oct. 18, 1887, in Orrville, Ohio, to Margaret Miller, who was born in Smithville, a daughter of Michael and Mary (Hainer) Miller, and the union has been productive of three children: Cotta May; Anna Hazen; and Charles Herman. Mr. and Mrs. Stright are regular attendants of the Presbyterian Church, and very popular in the various societies of the church. He is a member of Amazon Lodge, Knights of Pythias, No. 336, of Mahoningtown.
Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897
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