Biography of C. E. Force
Erie County, PA Biographies

C. E. Force, retired, is a substantial and highly esteemed citizen of North East and a member of one of Erie County's pioneer families. He was born in North East Township, Dec. 15, 1860, and is a son of William J. and Nancy (Burwell) Force.

William J. Force was born in this township in 1816 and died in 1898. His father, Joseph Force, settled in Erie County in 1814, having come here from Freehold, N. J., where he was born in 1776. He became a prominent citizen of this section and died in 1868. William J. Force was a cooper by trade and also followed general farming. He died in Erie in 1898. He was a life long member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and held many township offices. His wife was a native of Bridgeport, Conn., and also a member of a pioneer family of Chautauqua County, N. Y. She died in 1880. To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Force the following children were born: Sarah, Abraham, Samuel, Prudence, Rebecca, and Thankful. To Mr. and Mrs. William J. Force were born Albert, former district attorney of Erie County; Joseph M., an Erie lawyer; Mrs. W. W. Ross, Mrs. N. W. Lowell, William, and C. E., the subject of this sketch. All are deceased except C. E. Force.

C. E. Force grew up on his father's farm in North East Township and attended the district school and later the Lake Shore Seminary. At the age of 20 years he entered the employ of the American Express Company in the office at Erie. He was later transferred to their New York city office, where he remained for 43 years. In October, 1923, Mr. Force retired from active business and returned to North East where he lives on the North Lake Road, near Shorewood Beach. Mr. Force's home contains three acres; all of which is in fruit, and it is among the most attractive spots! in this section.

On Oct. 7, 1886, Mr. Force was united in marriage with Miss Georgia E. Loomis, whose home was just across the road from the present Force home. She is the daughter of Joel and Susan (Hafl) Loomis, both deceased. Mrs. Force's grandparents came from New England to New York State and founded the city of Westfield, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Force have no children.

Mr. Force is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Masonic lodge. He is one of the interesting men of the county, where he holds the esteem of all who know him.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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