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Robert H. Latimore, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, USA: A Biography

Source: Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Transcribed and Submitted by
Annie Crenshaw
Formatted by
Jim McKane, Ontario, Canada


Source: Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Compiled, edited and published by John M. Gresham & Co.
Samuel T. Wiley, Chief Assistant
Dunlap & Clarke, Philadephia 1890

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pages 301-302


ROBERT H. LATIMORE. The Emerald Isle, though small in extent, has sent to the shores of America thousands of men who by industry, energy and good judgment have worked their way up to fortune, and not a few whose fame as orators and statesmen has spread across more continents than one. Among the sons of Erin who left the land of their nativity and became American citizens, and who have fought the battle of life fairly and successfully is Robert H. Latimore, who was born December 22, 1842, in county Tyrone, Ireland, and whose parents were John and Mary Ann (Armstrong) Latimore. His great-great-grandfather was a native of Scotland, but immigrated to Ireland, settling in county Tyrone. Robert Latimore (grandfather) was born, lived and died in that county, where by occupation he was a tiller of the soil. 

John Latimore (father) was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, in 1815, immigrated to the United Stales and settled in Sewickley township, Westmoreland county, Pa., where he owns a good farm on which he lives, and also engages in stock-raising. He married in 1837, Mary Ann Armstrong and they have seven children: Robert H.; [Annie/Anna] Eliza, wife of William Borons[Burrows], a farmer of Sewickley township; James, who married Laura Douglass of Rostraver township, who is superintendent of mines and lives in West Newton; Margaret J., wife of Alexander Moreland, of West Newton; Charles D.; Letitia, wife of R. R. Latimore, of Mansfield, Pa., who is in the coal business with Armstrong & Co.; and William J., who is at home with his father on the farm.

James Armstrong (maternal grandfather) was also a native of county Tyrone, Ireland, where he lived and died. He was a large land owner in Ireland and on his property was situated a large flouring mill. His religious faith was that of the Covenanters or Reformed Presbyterians. 

Robert H. Latimore married December 31, 1867, Emily, a daughter of Abram Greenawalt of Sewickley township, this county, and to their union have been born four children : Wilmer A., born October 4, 1869, and now at home with his father, engaged as bookkeeper for the firm of which his father is a member, having completed a course of study in Curry Business college; Gertrude, born June 6, 1872, now attending New Wilmington college, Lawrence county, Pa., where she expects to graduate; Mamie, born September 12, 1875, and Maggie, born November 5, 1883. 

Robert H. Latimore was educated in the schools of Ireland and before coming to America worked on a farm. After his arrival in Pennsylvania he embarked in the coal business as superintendent of the mines at Armstrong station on the B. & O. R. R., in which position he continued for seventeen years with no intermission except a period of three months in which he visited Port Rush, a famous watering place in the northern part of Ireland. The visit was made for the benefit of his health and since that time he has never been sick a single week. 

At the expiration of seventeen years, he engaged in the coal business himself at West Newton, operating what is called the Yough Slope Gas Coal Company's mines. This company mines and ships Youghiogheny gas coal. Mr. Latimore has been in this business since 1871, and in addition owns and conducts the business of a large general store in West Newton ; he also ships coal to his yards in Pittsburg where it is retailed to the city trade. He owns a valuable farm in Sewickley township and a fine brick residence in West Newton, which he built for a home. He removed to West Newton in 1879 in order to secure greater educational advantages and all the benefits and enjoyments of town life.

Mr. Latimore takes an active interest in the success of the republican party and is a consistent member of the United Presbyterian church at West Newton, of which he was one of the trustees who built the present church edifice in 1883 at a cost of twenty-three thousand dollars. Mrs. Latimore and three of the children are also members of the same church. Robert H. Latimore possesses business qualifications of a high order, a very pleasant and affable gentleman, and richly deserves the respect and popularity he enjoys. It is an old saying that "man is the architect of his own fortune," and the success of Mr. Latimore is an evidence of its truth.


[Note: In the children of John Latimore and Mary Ann Armstrong, "Eliza, wife of William Borons" (exactly as published) -- Annie/Anna Eliza Latimore's husband was William BURROWS, not "Borons."]