ROBERT H. ALEY, one of Wampum's representative business men and junior member of the firm of Miles & Aley,
dealers in hardware, on Main Street, Wampum, was born in this town March: 15, 1875. His parents were William and
Mary (Stiner) Aley.
Michael Aley, the great grandfather, was a German by birth and was one of the pioneer settlers in Beaver County,
Pennsylvania. He had five children: Catherine, Ann, John, Michael and Jonathan. The last named was the grandfather
of Robert Aley. His brothers were farmers, but he learned the blacksmith trade. He married Ann Edwards, whose parents
came to Beaver County from Maryland, in early days. The children of Jonathan and Ann Aley were as follows: Alfred
and Joseph, both. deceased; Enieline married Edward Day, deceased; Deborah, deceased, was the wife of Hon. James
McAnlis; Joim died young; Isaiah, Charles, William and Robert Henry, the latter of whom is the oldest resident
of Wampum, having been born July 28, 1836.
William Aley, father of Robert H. Aley, Jr., was born in Beaver County, near the Lawrence County line. In his youth
he worked in the limestone quarries and during the most of his active years he was more or less engaged in quarrying.
He married Mary Stiner, of Mercer County, and they had four children, namely: Robert H., John, who died in boyhood;
Lulu, who died in childhood, and Verna, who is the wife of Frank Miles. William Aley and wife are among the most
highly esteemed residents of Wampum.
Robert H. Aley attended the public schools of Wampum, remaining at his books until he was about twenty years of
age, and then went to work in the coal banks, where he labored for six years. He then entered the employ of Davis
& Harris and worked for three years in their sandstone quarries. Mr. Aley next became a clerk for the Wampum
Supply Company and remained with that concern for three years. His next employer was Charles Stapf, and with him
he remained for six years as a clerk. In May, 1906, Mr. Aley, in partnership with C. F. Miles, opened up a small
slating and tinning business, locating it on Beaver Street, and they subsequently added a line of hardware. The
enterprise prospered, and by March 20, 1907, had outgrown the old quarters, necessitating a removal to more commodious
ones. The firm then came to the present location on Main Street, where they carry a full line of hardware, tin
and slate roofing, farm implements, hot water and hot air equipments, paints and everything usually to be found
in first class business houses of their kind. The stock occupies both floors of their building. Mr. Aley and Mr.
Miles employ two men, and both are active in the management, dividing their labors. Mr. Aley looks after the store
and retail business, while Mr. Miles, who is a practical roofer of many years' standing, takes óare of the
work in that line.
On September 10, 1900, Mr. Aley was married to Mary Sprinker, who is a daughter of Nicholas Sprinker. They have
one child, Paul, who was born June 7, 1906. Mr. Aley owns a handsome residence on Clyde Street, in the Stapf addition
to Wampum. In politics, Mr. Aley is a Democrat
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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