Biography of William G. Guthrie
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies

WILLIAM G. GUTHRIE, a representative citizen of Ellwood City, who fills the responsible position of superintendent of the Manufacturers' Light and Heat Company, of Ellwood City, was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, October 21, 1868, and is a son of Hugh and Fannie E. (Sheakley) Guthrie.

The father of Mr. Guthrie was born in Armstrong County, near the Butler County line, while the mother was born in Butler County, near the Armstrong County line. The father still survives, aged sixty one years, but the mother passed away in September, 1905, aged fifty nine years. Seven of their children still survive, namely: Elmer, who resides at Petroleum, Butler County; Millard G., who resides in the Pennsylvania oil fields; William G.; Annie M., wife of George Haeffner, resides in Chicago, Ill.; Ida M., wife of H. E. Hutchison, resides in West Sunbury, Butler County, Pennsylvania; Etta, wife of Silas Munn, lives at Robinson, Ill.; Eva W., wife of James Guthrie (of the same name but no relation), lives near Brookville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania; Daniel W., and Samuel S., died young; and a son and daughter died before being named.

William G. Guthrie was reared on the home farm in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, and attended the neighborhood schools through boyhood. When he left the farm he went into the oil fields and worked in the Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio fields for four years. In 1892 he came to Ellwood City and continued in the oil business until August, 1898, when he became identified with what was then termed the Manufacturers' Gas Company, which later became the Manufacturers' Light and Heat Company. Mr. Guthrie has been superintendent of this concern for the past ten years, its business being the supplying of light and of heat for all purposes, from natural gas.

In August, 1891, Mr. Guthrie was married to Miss Susanna J. Welsh, of Butler County, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Lutheran Church. In politics, Mr. Guthrie is a Republican, and he has served three years as a member of the City Council. Coming here in the year following the laying out of the city, he has watched with interest its remarkable development, and has assumed his share of the urgent duties of good citizenship. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he belongs also to the Knights and Ladies of Honor.

20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908

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