Biography of H. J. Olmsted
Potter County, PA Biographies

H. J. OLMSTED, hardware merchant, Coudersport, was born in Masonville, Delaware Co., N. Y., November 22, 1825, and with his parents removed to Ulysses, Potter Co., Penn., in 1836, where they engaged in farming. He remained there with his parents until 1846, and in March, 1848, he removed to Coudersport, where he attended school, and afterward taught in Coudersport Academy for a year, and in the district school for a couple of terms. He was elected prothonotary of Potter county in 1851, and served one term, but was defeated at the next election. He then secured a position as clerk at Harrisburg, in the office of the secretary of the commonwealth, and in May, 1857, received the appointment of prothonotary for Potter county, and was elected at the ensuing election, which necessitated the resignation of his position at Harrisburg. He then served for a period of eighteen years as prothonotary, and as deputy for three years. In 18.78 he engaged in hardware trade, but in 1880 suffered from the fire which devastated the business portion of Coudersport, with the characteristic enterprise of a business man, however, he rebuilt, and now has a fine brick store on Main street, where he has associated with him his two sons, H. C. and A. S., the firm name being H. J. Olmsted & Sons; they also have a branch store at Emporium, of which H. C. has charge, A. S. remaining at Coudersport. Mr. Olmsted having lost an arm in a threshing machine during the fall of 1847, fills the position of bookkeeper. He is interested in the Coudersport Water Company; is an active Republican in politics, and has the respect and confidence of the entire community. He married, in 1846, E. T., daughter of Lucas Cushing, of Ulysses, and to them were born ten children: M E Olmsted, a prominent attorney of Harrisburg, Penn., being attorney for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and the Standard Oil Company; C. Ardella, now wife of Rev. C. B. Sparrow; Clara, who died when eighteen years of age; H. Clinton, of Emporium; A. S. and Sumner P., of Coudersport; Mary W., now Mrs. Frank L. Andrews; George C. and Daniel L., clerks in the Coudersport store; and Will E., at home, who is, unfortunately, an invalid. Mr. Olmsted is a member of the, Methodist Church, his wife being a member of the Baptist Church.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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