BUFFINGTON, Cyrus F. Justice of the peace and carriage builder, Uniontown, Pa, was born in Mifflin township, Dauphin county, Pa., September 24, 1839. His father, John Buffington, was bon in Lykens Valley in 1818, and now resides in Uniontown. He was a farm laborer in his younger days, and in later life worked at carriage and wagon making in Uniontown. He married Dena France, born in Lykens Valley, and died in 1858. They had twelve children: Cyrus F.; Sarah, wife of John Klinger; William; Hannah, deceased; Solomon; Mary, deceased; Christian, wife of Isaac Groff; Elizabeth; Harriet, wife of William Drum; Adam, and two who died in infancy. Mr Buffington is a member of the United Brethren church, has been both deacon and elder, and is a class leader. He has been a resident of Uniontown for over fifty years, is well and favorably known, and universally honored. He has been foremost in every movement to better the social condition and material prosperity of the community.
Cryus F. Buffington attended school for a short time in Washington township; the remainder of his education was received in Uniontown. He hired to do farm work at ten years of age, and for four years worked for his board. He began to learn the trade of a millwright, and spent one year at this work, but changed his plan, and worked for three years as apprentice with his father at wagon making. He afterwards began the business of carriage making on his own account, and carried it on successfully for five years. In 1866 he admitted his brother to partnership, and since that time the firm of Buffington & Bro. Have conducted a carriage and wagon factory which yields to none in the State for first-class workmanship. They have built a large factory, costing $1,000, and furnished it with the best machinery.
Mr. Buffington has been justice of the peace for fifteen years, elected on the Republican ticket. He administers the law and dispenses justice with ability and impartiality. He is a member of the borough council and the school board.
Cyrus F. Buffington was married, at Berrysburg, in 1862, to Caroline Bingaman, a native of Lower Mahanoy township. Northumberland county, Pa; she died in 1884. They had five children: Henry, educated at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., minister in the United Brethren church; Irwin, carpenter, deceased, was suffocated in the mines at Shamokin in 1894; John, Flora, and one that died in infancy. Mr. Buffington married again March 17, 1885; his second wife was Maria Dunkelberger. Their children are Lloyd D. and Emma. Mr. Buffington is a member of the United Brethren church, Sunday-school superintendent, trustee, deacon, and elder. He has the business virtues in due proportion: is industrious, enterprising, frugal and intelligent. He is also genial in spirit and manner, and is well liked by his neighbors.
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