ALFRED SHOOP, a local superintendent of the American Natural Gas Company’s Armstrong county division, was born in Ford City, this county, Aug. 7, 1876, at a time when there were but three houses in Ford City, one belonging to his parents, Francis and Rebecca (Wilson) Shoop. His paternal grandfather was one of the early settlers at Manorville, this county, where he died. He had been for many years a boatman on the Allegheny river. He was twice married. Francis Shoop, father of Alfred Shoop, was born in Armstrong county in 1844, and was well know as an agriculturist and gas man. His death occurred in 1905. Of his eight children five only survive: Alfred; Olive, who married Emery Klingensmith; Rosalie, who married Otto Myers; Walter and Lawrence. Alfred Shoop was reared to manhood’s estate in Bethel township, and attended the schools of his locality until he was fifteen years old, at which time he entered the employ of Jones & Laughlin, of Pittsburgh, as a mill hand. For six years he gave this concern faithful service, and in 1897, he became associated with gas interests, leasing and superintending the gas territory. In 1900 he entered the employ of the American Natural Gas Company, and in 1905 his duties brought him to Rural Valley, where he has since resided. Mr. Shoop married Salome Bowser, a daughter of Frederick Bowser of North Buffalo township, and they have six children: Raymond J., Francis F., William A., Margaret R., John B. and Josephine E. Mr. Shoop belongs to the Lutheran Church and gives it generous support. Politically he is a Republican. He is proud of the fact that his father served during the Civil war, for a period of three years, as a member of the 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, under Col. William Sirwell. A conscientious man, Mr. Shoop realizes the responsibilities devolving upon him and lives up to them, giving his company faithful service that is highly appreciated.
Source: Page 776 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914 Transcribed September 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project Published 1998 by the Armstrong County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project