Businessmen

Shinglehouse. Pa., Potter Co.

Submitted by PHGS Member Mike Henderson



Oswayo Valley Mail, Shinglehouse, PA, Potter County, June 28, 1956.

A Long Time In Business


Grant Lyon, 92, of 720 Mulberry Street, Daytona Beach, Fla. is probably the oldest living merchant that operated in Shinglehouse. Beginning here at the turn of the century, Mr. Lyon not onlt conducted several stores at various times but aided materially in the growth of the town with his dabbling in real estate.

In the above picture Mr. Lyon is shown receiving the Fifty Year Service Emblem from Sharon Lodge, No. 593, F & AM, which he joined on May 10, 1906.

Charles C. Van De Boe
Frank L. Freeborn

Charles C. Van De Boe came to Shingle House from Coudersport in 1905 and opened a law business in the office of J. W. Cole. He moved to the bank block where he remained until after the fire in March, 1926. He is now completing 52 years in an office on Oswayo street.

Frank Freeborn has been in business in Shinglehouse since 1915 with the exception of a few years spent in Friendship.

Proprietor of the Model Bakery for many years, Mr. Freeborn now conducts a restaurant on Academy street.

B. L. Langworthy
Monte L. Walters

B. L. Langworthy came to Shinglehouse in 1909 where he established an insurance and real estate office.

His office has been located on both sides of Oswayo street until a few years ago when he purchased the old Dodge homestead on Lincoln avenue.


Monte L. Walters came to Shinglehouse when the schoolhouse was under construction, on March 21, 1911, and purchased a barbershop of Will Strait.

He holds the distinction of being the oldest businessman in town continuously in the same business in the same location.


Another Shinglehouse businessman, John Zwirnbaum, came to town and built a store in 1913.

He operated the business until his health failed about a year ago and the store is now conducted by his son, Max.


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