Biography of James McDade
McKean County, PA Biographies





JAMES McDADE, Kane, was born in Cambria county, Penn., in 1844, a son of Henry MeDade. He remained at home until eighteen years of age, and during the war of the Rebellion (in 1862) was employed with a construction corps in the building of bridges in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. At the close of the war he returned to Cambria county, and soon after entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for eight months, being conductor of the yard engine at Williamsport. He was then transferred to Renovo, where he was yard dispatcher, five years, and upon the extension of the line was again transferred, this time to Kane, where he was yard dispatcher, also five years. In 1871 he left the railroad employ, and is now engaged in more industrial enterprises than any other one citizen in his community. On leaving the railroad he embarked in the lumber trade, and later carried on a livery stable. He was also for some time connected with the mercantile interests of the town, and is now senior member of the banking firm of McDade, Davis & Co. He is president of the Citizens' Gas Light & Fuel Company, and, with J. T. Griffith, has a lamp black factory, which has a daily capacity of twenty barrels. The development of the Kane oil fields is due chiefly to his enterprise, as when the territory was abandoned by the oil men, in order to thoroughly test the field, he gave 300 acres free of royalty to Craig & Cappeau, who drilled on the land and found the well that opened up the field. He is a large land owner, and has since the opening of the oil fields sold 600 acres for $76,000. He is a practical farmer, and some of his land is under cultivation. Mr. McDade was married in Renovo, in 1873, to Sarah Swedy, and they have five children: William Alden, Elizabeth Mabel, James Raymond. Henry Calvin and Edward. Mr. McDade is a Democrat in politics, and in 1888 was the candidate of his party for member of the legislature.

From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
Pennsylvania
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
Chicago, 1890.

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