The CALHOONS were among the many of Scotch ancestry to settle in
Western Pennsylvania at a very early date. Andrew Calhoon was born in
Ireland in 1761 and died in Big Beaver Township 103 years later or in
1864. One of his sons was ROBERT CALHOON, born in the same township in
1805, and died in New Brighton in 1859. He came to the latter borough in
1848 where he soon interested himself in public affairs with the result
that not only did he become a Justice of the Peace, but also served as
John C. Calhoon, a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Scott) Calhoon was born
in Old Brighton in 1834, and coming to New Brighton with his father and
mother became an apprentice to James Baker and learned the harness making
trade (which was quite an important one at the time.) During the Civil
War, his apprentice days being over he became an employee of the U. S.
Government making harness and saddles for the army at the Pittsburgh
arsenal. With the close of the conflict he returned to New Brighton and
opened a harness shop of his own. This he continued to operate until his
death, jointly with his other duties which included several years as
Justice of the Peace, which office he held at his death. He also served a
term as County Commissioner, 1875-77. In 1855 he married Nancy White.
Their children were Thomas, Harry, Harvey, Edwin, and Robert. His office
and harness shop was at the southeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Sixth
Street. He died in 1907, a highly respected old resident. Of the children
Thomas has retired, Harvey W. has been health officer of the borough for
several terms, Robert died a few years ago after being elected councilman
two or three times, and Harry died on April 25, 1925. Harry was a popular
member of the bar who was born in 1862, admitted to practice in 1892,
became District Attorney in 1898, and served as borough solicitor term
after term until his death. He is survived by his widow Florence (Deitrick)
Calhoon. Edwin died July 1, 1914.
History of New Brighton
1838-1939, published by the Historical Committee of the Centennial,
Butler, PA, pages 23-24. More Beaver
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