|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1886|
|Death: ||Mar. 22, 1952|
George Thomas McClarran was born Sept. 23, 1886, in the village of McClarran, Pa., the son of John C. and Anna Barnhart McClarran.
George was struck with infantile paralysis (polio) at the age of two and walked with a brace throughout his life. He acquired an education attending public schools and business college.
George started several business ventures throughout his lifetime. New business to Greensburg and the different automobile routes connecting outlying districts with Greensburg, which was a boon to the districts affected and a benefit to the merchants, are attributed to his inspiration.
In 1910, George opened an automobile business in Ligonier. In 1911, George sold the business and opened an automobile business in Greensburg with an expanded line.
George was the owner of the Greensburg Tire & Retreading Company of South Maple street and proprietor of the McClarran Garage on South Main street, maintaining a complete general repair department. In 1914, he became an agent for the Paige Car in Westmoreland county.
George was a "keen, energetic business man, progressive and public-spirited, the pioneer in the tire repairing business in Greensburg, with a reputation for upright dealing."
In 1917, he built a general garage with a complete automobile line on the corner of Maple and Pittsburgh streets.
On August 16, 1917, George married Viva Ellen McNutt of Vandergrift, Pa., and they became the parents of two sons (John Samuel McClarran and Thomas Milton McClarran) and a daughter.
George lived in the Underwood section of Greensburg with his wife and children in the 1920s. He later moved to Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg to be closer to the shopping district and to the auto dealership that he owned.
In the early 1930s, George moved with his family to the family's homestead in the village of McClarran in Unity township.
George belonged to the Lost Trail Hunting Club with a group of hunting friends from the area (Davy Crocket, Dick Reamer, Pat Kuhns, Rody Rodeheaver, Mop Rose, P. Kilgore, Ches Wilson, Tom Wood, Harve Layboard, John Alex, Joe, Dusty, Sherriff).
George loved horses and dogs - once owning a great dane named Maggie and a hunting dog named Tippy. He bought two trotting race horses, Sunny June and Peggy Directum. George dreamed of his horses winning sulkey races at a nearby racetrack; unfortunately, the dream was not fulfilled.
During World War II, George worked a night shift at Robertshaw where bomb parts were manufactured. His daughter, who had quit another job to serve the war effort, worked the same shift and drove him to work each night.
In later years, George patrolled the nearby Twin Lakes reservoir.
George was a Republican in politics, and attended the local Methodist church.
At the age of 65, George T. McClarran, of Unity Twp., near Donahue Station, died in the Latrobe Hospital, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 1952.
He was predeceased by his parents.
He was survived by his wife, Viva E. McClarran; three children: M. Sgt. John S. McClarran, Pepperrell Air Force Base, Newfoundland; Thomas M. McClarran, R.D.2, Latrobe; a daughter, R.D.1, Latrobe; and five grandchildren.
(Bio sourced and excerpted from:
* obit published 3/24/1952, Latrobe Bulletin
* New and Old Westmoreland [County, Pa.], Vol. 4, 1918
* Personal family history)
John Covode McClarran (1860 - 1935)
Anna Elizabeth Barnhart McClarran (1863 - 1947)
Viva Ellen McNutt McClarran King (1897 - 1987)*
John Samuel McClarran (1918 - 1987)*
Thomas Milton McClarran (1921 - 2010)*
Saint Clair Cemetery
Created by: S. J. Noel Kondek
Record added: Jun 24, 2012
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