Welcome to the historic A. B. Armstrong Drugstore. In 1866 Mr. Armstrong, in partnership with H.L. McCoy, (brother-in-law to Henry Hamlin & also brother-in-law to Henry's brother, John Hamlin) purchased the drug store of Seems & Hogarth at the corner of Main & State Streets. It was the oldest drugstore in McKean County until it was burned in the tragic fire of 1933.A. B. Armstrong, druggist, Smethport, is a son of Alexander and Julia Armstrong, and was born at Cuba, Allegany Co., NY, in 1838. His parents were originally from Seneca county, NY, but removed to Allegany county about 1880, being among the pioneers of that county. They were married at Nunda, Livingston Co., NY Alexander Armstrong was a cabinet maker by trade, and for many years resided at Cuba, NY; he was also a contractor, engaged upon the construction of the Erie Canal, but moved to Rushford, Allegany county, in 1849, and went west in 1860, locating in Iowa. They reared a family of eight children, of whom but three are living: A. B., M. L. (a merchant in Smethport), and Alice (now Mrs. J. L. Anderson, of Kansas).
about A. B. Armstrong, Smethport Businessman, Merchant. Druggist
A. B. Armstrong completed his education at Rushford Academy, Allegany Co., NY, and in 1854 became an employee of Joseph Hyde, of Ridgway, PA, with whom he remained about a year; then was clerk in a store and hotel for James M. Miller at Smethport, and later with Ford & Smith, merchants. In 1857 he became associated with Gideon Irons in the purchase of the grocery store of H. F. Williams, and the general store of Ford & Smith, the firm name being Irons & Armstrong. He continued in business for about two years, when he sold his interest to his partner and began the study of law with John C. Backus, of Smethport, being admitted to the bar in 1861. He, however, never became a practitioner, and that year found him in the grocery trade as the senior member of the firm of A. B. Armstrong & Co. In this he was engaged until 1866.
In that year he, with H. L. McCoy, purchased the drug store of Seems
& Hogarth, corner of Main and State streets -- it being the only drug
store in the
county at that date. In 1869 he was elected a member of the legislature, representing the counties of Clinton, Cameron and McKean, which necessitated a dissolution of partnership, and since his return to private life he has been in business alone. In 1860 Mr. Armstrong married Carrie, daughter of David R. Bennett, and they have one child, Ethel. Mr. Armstrong is a member of McKean Lodge, No. 334, F. & A. M., and of the Chapter at Olean. Politically he is a Democrat.
Mr. Armstrong is practically a self-made man, and in the evening of his years enjoys the fruits of a successful business career, having the esteem and confidence of the community generally. Domestic in his tastes, he has never, with but one exception, accepted positions of a political nature which tended to separate him from the home circle, although he served as justice of the peace for ten years, and was a member of the borough council many terms; an active member in the Rose Hill Cemetery Association, holding the position of treasurer for the last twenty years; was also among the first to organize the Smethport Water Company -securing to Smethport one of the best systems in the State being the treasurer and manager and director from its first meeting; he was also among the first citizens of Smethport to secure and make successful the Smethport Gas Company, which supplies the borough with fuel-being its treasurer and managing director; also any enterprise with which Smethport was to be benefited found in Mr. Armstrong a champion and an earnest supporter. He is contented with his lot, and is the owner of the oldest drug store in McKean County.
SOURCE: History of the Counties
of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Selections,
Vol.1. Chicago: J. H. Beers &
Co., 1890 414-415.
McKean County Democrat
May 14, 1936
Corner Drug Store, Oldest in County Passes From Existence With Sale
to A.B. 2nd Armstrong Residence
M.L. Armstrong Biography
(jeweler, telegraph operator & Baseball Coach)
MCKEAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT
Having become the proprietor of the Grocery and Provision store, lately occupied by B. F. Wright, I take this ancinot of informing any friends that I have just recieved the large stock of Familly Groceries ever offered to the people of McKean county at prices which would seem ruinous at any other establishment. I keep on hand, and are in the daily receipt of:
Fresh ground flour
My stock is full and complete, and
selected from the best in the market. Call and exam in price and quality,
and you will not fail to buy.
Statistics show that one in four people have a weak or impaired heart. The first symptoms are a shortage of breath, fluttering, faint and hungry feelings, pain in the side, then a tug, swollen ankles, drospy, for which DR. MILES' NEW HEART CURE is a marvelous remedy. "I have been troubled with heart disease for years, my left pulse was very weak, could at times scarcely feel it, the smallest excitement would always weaken my nerves and heart and a fear of impending death stared me in the face for hours. DR. MILE'S NERVINE and NEW HEART CURE is the only medication that has proved of any benefit and cured me."-L. M. Dyer, Cloverdale, Md. Dr. Miles' Liver pills are a sure rememdy for Billonantes and Torpid Liver. Free from the druggest or the address. DR. MILES MEDICAL CO. Elkhart, Ind.
Sold by A. B. ARMSTRONG.