Biography of Claude Montague
Erie County, PA Biographies

Claude Montague, district manager of the Bell Telephone Company, is well and favorably known in Erie. He was born at Ripley, Tenn., July 5, 1881, and is a son of A. W. and Hettie (Cherry) Montague.

A. W. Montague was a native of Tennessee, where he spent his entire life. He was a successful business man of Ripley and was also active in public life. He is now deceased.

Claude Montague was educated in the schools of Ripley, Tenn., and attended private schools at Union City and Nashville. In 1900 he became connected with the telephone business at Ripley as assistant wire chief, and the following year was transferred to Memphis, Tenn., as an inspector, where he remained three years. He then spent two years at Nashville where he took a complete course in telephone work. From there he went to Madisonville, Ky., as assistant manager of the Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph Company of the Bell system. Later Mr. Montague went to Terre Haute, Ind., where he was identified with the Central Union Telephone Company. After a year as chief inspector at Shelbyville, Ind., he became associated with the Bell Telephone Company at Cambridge, Ohio. Before coming to Erie in May, 1922, Mr. Montague served as manager of the Bell Telephone Company at Parkersburg, W. Va., from 1908 to 1913, manager at Washington, Pa., from 1913 until 1920, and as sales supervisor in Pittsburgh from 1920 until 1922.

On Jan. 9, 1904, Mr. Montague was married to Miss Leora Sugg of Madisonville, Ky., and a daughter of J. W. and Frances Sugg. They have three children: Adolphus Wiley, Frances Virginia, and Homer Ross.

Mr. Montague is a member of the Erie Club, Knights of Pythias and Chamber of Commerce. He is esteemed throughout the community as a substantial and reliable business man.

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

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