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John Covode McClarran
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Birth: Feb. 12, 1860
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1935
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA

John Covode McClarran was born February 12, 1860, at Livermore, Pa., to John and Jane McAllister McClarran.

John was schooled in the local public schools. In 1874, at the age of 13, he was orphaned when both his mother and then his father died in the same year. He went to live with his older brother, Thomas G. McClarran, in the village of McClarran, where his brother had "already become a man of prominence."

At the age of 16, John secured a position as fireman in the boiler house of Coulter & Huff, in connection with the mine operated by that company. He worked at the mine, which was known as the Old Hempfield Works. He assisted in sinking the slope, and in timbering; and left after about five years.

John then entered the services of the Alexandria Coal Company. John helped to open the mine and installed and started in operation the machinery that supplied power for its working. He was then made outside foreman and placed in charge of the tipple and coke branches of the work, with thirty to fifty men under his direct supervision. Here he continued for another five years, before he left.

When almost 25 years of age, John married Annie Elizabeth Barnhart on January 22, 1885. Annie was the daughter of John and Jemima Thomas Barnhart, "a member of a very old and distinguished family in this part of the state." They became the parents of a son, George Thomas McClarran.

After leaving the Alexandria Coal Company, he then became associated with the Calumet Coal Company, and superintended the sinking of the shaft for this mine.

In September 1892, he left Calumet Coal Company and became associated with the Jamison Coal & Coke Company, an association which continued for over a quarter of a century.

The first work that he did for the Jamison people was the installation of machinery at Mine No. One, where he continued as engineer for a number of years.

He was then made assistant superintendent of the same mine and acted in this capacity for three or four years longer, when he was promoted to superintendent. In this position, he had from three to five hundred men working under him and here he continued until 1910, when he was desired by W. W. Jamison personally to accept the post of superintendent of washeries and coke interests for the company. His duties required him to supervise the work at Mines No. Two, Three, and Four; and he had immediate responsibility for the machinery connected with the coke ovens, so that daily he made a personal tour of inspection to each of the mines named. The machinery at these mines was of the most modern type at that time and represented the last word in coke-handling mechanism.

John owned "a delightful residence near the opening of Mine No. One," so that he was near the scene of his labors at all times during the twenty-four hours. Besides this responsible office, he was also a stockholder in the Jamison Company and in addition to this was interested in the Alexandria Coal Company, the Marion Gas & Coal Company, the Irwin Gas & Coal Company, and president of the Larimer Gas & Coal Company. "Mr. McClarran is a very prominent figure in the general life of the community and is affiliated with well-nigh every important movement undertaken there."

John was "well known among the coal operators in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania; and was considered a typical successful American, a self-made man who had worked his way up in spite of many difficulties and obstacles to a position of importance and influence in the community."

He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and was active in advancing the interests of this body in the region.

John and his wife spent several of their vacations at Atlantic City.

At the age of 75, John died on June 2, 1935, in Latrobe, Pa.

He was survived by his wife and his son.

(Bio by S. J. Noel
Sourced and excerpted from:
* Old and New Westmoreland [County, Pa.], Vol. 4, 1918)
Family links: 
  John McClarran (1810 - 1874)
  Jane C McAllister McClarran (1819 - 1874)
  Anna Elizabeth Barnhart McClarran (1863 - 1947)
  George Thomas McClarran (1886 - 1952)*
  Thomas Gallagher McClarran (1846 - 1912)*
  John Covode McClarran (1860 - 1935)
*Calculated relationship
Unity Cemetery
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section A
Created by: S. J. Noel Kondek
Record added: Jun 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92493495
John Covode McClarran
Added by: S. J. Noel Kondek
John Covode McClarran
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 Added: Jul. 7, 2012

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