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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

Roland Curtin, Jr. Biography

Roland Curtin, Jr. died Aug. 15, 1875. Roland Curtin was born on the 2d day of September, 1808, in the stone house on the corner of Allegheny Street and Cherry Alley, lately occupied by John B. Awl, and was the third son of Roland Curtin.

Up to his eighteenth year he attended various schools, receiving the bulk of his education in a then well known academy in the city of Harrisburg.

At the age of eighteen he engaged actively in the iron business with his father.

There was no way of shipping iron then except by arks on the river or in wagons. Before there was even a good wagon-road across the mountains to Pittsburgh, young Roland, as he was then called, transported many a wagonload of iron from this county to that city. When the prices were good in the East he took charge of the shipping by arks via the Susquehanna to market.

The manufacture of iron was the business of his life, and for over fifty years he was actively engaged as a manager of iron-works, the greater part of the time at the well-known Eagle Iron-Works, at what is now called Curtin's Station.

On the 17th of June, 1834, be was united in wedlock to Eliza Irvin, daughter of John Irvin.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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