Biography of David M. Marshall
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies





DAVID MORTON, MARSHALL, funeral director and furniture dealer of Wampum, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, has a large establishment located on Main Street. He occupies three stories of the building in which he is located and carries a complete line of furniture, carpets and rugs, enabling the people of the vicinity to buy at better advantage than they could in larger places but at a greater distance from home. Mr. Marshall was born on his father's farm in Wayne Township, Lawrence County, June 7, 1866, and is a son of John and Jane (Cole) Marshall.

David Marshall, grandfather of David M., was one of the earliest settlers of Wayne Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, having come from Beaver County when a young man, at a time when the country thereabouts was timberland. He located on the farm now owned by his son, W. H. Marshall, and resided there until his death at the age of eighty two years. He married Margaret Davidson, and they had the following children grow to maturity: Jane, now deceased; Sarah, deceased wife of Ira Spangler, of Iowa; John; William H.; and Nancy, deceased.

John Marshall was born on the old homestead in Wayne Township, in the old log cabin which was first built on the place, He helped clear the farm, experiencing the many hardships of pioneer days, and after his marriage he located upon an adjoining farm. There he resided throughout his active business career, after which he moved to Wampum in 1906, where he and his wife are spending their declining years in the enjoyment of a well earned rest. He was married to Jane Cole, who was born and reared at Hazel Dell, her father, Daniel Cole, being a pioneer of that section of Lawrence County. They became parents of four children, as follows: Margaret, wife of A. P. Hazen, of Beaver County; David Morton; Alice, who died at the age of thirteen years; and William, who died at the age of six months.

David M. Marshall spent his boyhood days on the farm and attended the public schools of that district. During the school year, 1885-1886, he attended Grove City College, after which he returned to the farm. After his marriage he farmed the place of his father in law, James W. Cunningham, while the latter was discharging his duties as county treasurer. He then engaged in the hardware business at Wampum, under the firm name of the Wampum Hardware Company, having George E. Harrison as partner for three years, and Edward Keller for five years. They then sold out to Francis Davis, the present owner of the business. After being out of business one week to the hour, Mr. Marshall, in February, 1905, purchased the furniture and undertaking business of Buchanan & Umber. He received a diploma as an embalmer from the Pittsburg School of Anatomy, May 19, 1905, and in September of the same year was granted a State license to practice that profession. He has the patronage of this part of the county almost exclusively. His store was first located in the I. O. O. F. Building, but since February, 1907, he has occupied his present commodious three story buildbng. He is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Wampum, and takes rank among the foremost business men of the community.

David M. Marshall was united in marriage May 22, 1899, with Miss Genevieve Cunningham, whose father, James W. Cunningham, ex treasurer of Lawrence County, was one of the pioneer families of the county. Five children were the issue of this union, ash follows: Lulu, Harrold, Emma, Charles, and Margaret. Fraternally, Mr. Marshall is an active member of Wampum Lodge, No. 865, I. O. O. F.; and Modern Woodmen of America, at Wampum, and also a Master Mason since September 3, 1908. Religiously, he is a member of the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been treasurer from its founding, and an elder since 1904. A Republican in politics, he has been a member of the borough council since 1899.


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


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