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J. Frank & Cora May (Steele) Arthurs


Mr. John Franklin Arthurs was born on January 19, 1874, in Warsaw Township, Jefferson County, PA, on what was known locally as the Samuel Arthurs farm.   He was one of the sons of William H. and Cornelia (Case) Arthurs.  His public school years were in Kersey, Elk County, PA, and in 1894, he completed a course in the Iron City Business College, in Pittsburgh, PA. His goal was to gain training in Civil Engineering.  From 1894 to 1898, he managed the Central Hotel in Brookville.  During 1898 and 1899, he engaged in the ice business during the winter and worked on survey for the Shawmut Railroad.  He was also an assistant in the building of the Jefferson County Home.  His career included working with the county surveyor, as an instrument man, and also was hired by various railroad lines that were putting lines thru Jefferson County.  In 1914, he assumed the office of County Surveyor for Jefferson County, and was Superintendent of Highways for the county.  In 1923, he joined W. C. Quick and Company, in construction of highways, as they put in some of the first concrete surfaced roads and streets in the area.  On September 21, 1904, he married Cora May Steele, born July 7, 1874, a daughter of James and Sarah (Neese) Steele, and established a home in Brookville.  They became the parents of three sons and one daughter: J. Frank, Jr., Richard, and James S. Arthurs, and Sarah (Arthurs ) Pitts.
Mr. Arthurs died suddenly on December 12, 1962, and was buried in the Brookville Cemetery.  His wife, Cora, died less than two months later, on February 3, 1963, and was buried beside her  husband in the family plot.   

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