Biography of James E. McDowell
Clearfield County, PA Biographies

JAMES EDWARD McDOWELL, who has been postmaster at Irvona, Clearfield county, Pa., since September, 1897, is a hardware merchant at this place and a representative and reputable citizen. He was born December 23, 1853, at Newberry, in Lycoming county, Pa., and is a son of George McClelland and Elizabeth Rosanna (Kyle) McDowell.

George McClelland McDowell was born in Muffin county, Pa., in 1820, a son of John McDowel!, who was born in Ireland but died in Muffin county. In 1854 George M. McDowell moved to Millhall, in Clinton county, where he engaged in merchandising, later becoming a farmer. He died in 1885, aged Sixty five years. He married Elizabeth Hosanna Kyle who was also born in Muffin county and died in 1872, at the age of forty nine years. Her father, Joseph Kyle, came from Scotland. To George McC. McDowell and wife the following children were born: Joseph and Samuel, both of whom are deceased; Margaret Jane, who married James Flynn, of Charleton, W. Va.; James Edward; Mary Catherine, who is the wife of James T. Shillingford, of Osceola Mills ; .John Ralph, who is a hardware and lumber merchant of Pitcairn, Pa.; and Rosanna, who is the wife of Dr. Herbert Hogue, of Altoona, Pa.

James E. McDowell was educated in the public schools at Milihall, to which place his parents moved when he was a babe, and later at the Pennsylvania State College. In 1860 he moved to Nittany Valley and carried on farming there until 1885, when he came to Irvona and in 1887 embarked in the hardware business. In 1897 he had been so recognized as a prominent citizen that he was appointed postmaster during the first administration of President McKinley and has continued in the office until the present. He is the oldest merchant in the place from a business standpoint and is interested in a number of business enterprises that have served to build up the place. He was a member of the first borough council.

In 1881, Mr. McDowell was married to Miss Anna M. Heard, a daughter of John P. and Mary Jane (McGhee) Heard, the former of whom was a farmer and merchant. They have one son, Winfield Heard McDowell, who was born in 1882 and is a resident of Uniontown, Fayette county, Pa., being connected with the engineering department of the H.. C. Frick Coke Company. He was graduated in 1905 at Pennsylvania State College and spent two years in the West with his present company. Mr. McDowell and son are Republicans. He belongs to Coalport Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 574; Clearfield Chapter, No. 228; Moshannon Commandery, No. 74; Scottish Rite (Valley) Williamsport, and Jaffa Temple, Mystic Shrine, at Altoona. Mr. McDowel! is a member and liberal supporter of the Methodist Episcopal church at Irvona.

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Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911

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