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Subject: [PAWESTMO-L] Fw: Edward H Bair
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 19:00:30 -0500
> Cyclopedia of Westmoreland 1890
> Edward H Bair, one of the progressive young men of Greensburg, who gives
> promise of a very succesful business career in the future, was born at the
> village of Congruity, Salem Twp, Westmoreland Co PA, Mar 6, 1859, and is a
> son of H H and Elizabeth (Keener) Bair. Henry H Bair was born in Manor
> school district, Penn Twp, Feb 2, 1825. He was a carpenter and machinist.
> He, with his brothers Isaac and Jacob, were the inventors and
> of a tumbling shaft threshing machine. It was an invention out of which
> made some money as well as fame. He was an ardent democrat, but never
> aspired to office, and never would serve any office except that of school
> director, to which he was frequently elected. He was one of the founders
> the New Salem Reformed church, in which he served as deacon until his
> He was a prominent Odd Fellow and a strong advocate of the free school
> system, and died Jan 14, 1873, from the effects of a fall received in
> returning from a school visitation. In 1845 he married Elizabeth Keener,
> is still living. They had five children; Emma who married W H Keck and
> in 1875, leaving one child, Helen; Anna M, wife of W W Martz; Lizzie J who
> married W F Jackson; E H and Jacob, who died at 14 years of age.
> E H Bair was educated in the common schoolsand Delmont Academy. He taught
> four terms of school in his native township, was principal of New Salem
> Schools in 1881, and served in 1882 and 1883 as principal of Scottdale
> schools. He resigned at Scottdale with the view of reading law, but was
> urged to take and accepted the principalship of Ludwick public schools,
> which he held for two years. During the summers of 1882 and 1883 he and I
> Lauffer (present district attorney) conductep (sic) the Delmont Normal and
> Classical Institute. In 1884 he was principal of the Scottdale Normal
> school, and in 1885 was associated with J R Speigel and I E Lauffer in
> teaching the Greensburg Normal school. In 1886 he quit teaching to embark
> the real estate business at Greensburg, and became a partner of teh
> day well known real estate and insurance firm of Gay & Bair. (For full
> description of this firm, see sketch of F L Gay). They transact a large
> amount of business and have branch offices at Jeannette and Penn Station.
> On Oct 14, 1885, he was married to Esther Suydam, daughter of the late
> Joseph L Suydam, of Connellsville PA, who was superintendent of the
> Wilmington and Delaware Railroad at the time of his death. Their union has
> been blessed with two children; Paul Suydam born May 20, 1887; and Kenneth
> H, born Jun 25, 1889.
> In politics, Mr Bair is a democrat. He is a member of the Second Reformed
> church and secretary of the Greensburg Homestead Loan and Trust company.
> is active, enterprising, affable and popular, and is a fine business man.