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Photo #59368

Last Name: Anderson

First Name : David

Middle Name: Grove

Subject's City: Scottdale

Subject's State: PA

Subject's County: Westmoreland

Subject's Country: United States

Date: 1851-1900

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Comments: David Grove Anderson (Nee: ) | Scottdale PA United States | 1851-1900 | Comments: My great, great grandfather. David attended the common schools of Stahlstown until he was thirteen years of age when he was caught up in the excitement of the Civil War. He went to Washington, D.C. where he was employed with other boys in the government mess-house to wait on tables for the soldiers who would stop there for meals. After the war he was engaged by W.A. Keifer of Scottdale, PA. to the feed and care of cattle and horses. In 1869 he went back to Stahlstown to learn the trade of blacksmithing. After completing his apprenticeship he returned to Scottdale (then known as Fountain Mills) and opened a blacksmith business there and another in Connellsville, Pennsylvania with his brother, Wellington. He was known throughout Westmoreland County for his ability to work with all types of horse teams. He would buy train car load-lots of Mexican ponies which he would break and train for saddle and harness. He kept a black and white hearse with teams of black and white horses for funeral services at his livery business. He, also, had a number of rubber tired, closed carriages with necessary horses available for use at funerals or weddings. He was in the coal business and furnished coal for the rolling mills from 1874 to 1884. He owned a stone quarry and sand bank and contracted to furnish those materials for building construction. Further, he employed the necessary people and possessed the wagons and teams required for hauling those materials. As his business was capable of hauling unusually large and heavy loads he was contracted to haul the steel beams used to build the Everson, Cunningham and Swedetown bridges. And he hauled and placed the vault in the Scottdale Savings and Trust Co. building, as well as the large bells used in the Baptist church's Carillon and all the large stones or monuments used in the Scottdale cemetery at that time. He was frequently appointed the Chief Marshall of Fourth of July and other major (or minor) parades and he always had a handsome, high spirited horse to ride at the head of the parade. The Ellsworth Post of the G.A.R. obtained a civil war cannon as a war memento and Mr. Anderson stored it and kept it repaired and would usually fire it on the Fourth of July to start the day's celebration.

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