Isaac P. Klein


ISAAC P. KLEIN, an enterprising business man of Wellsburg, was born in Washington county, Penn., September 25, 1847. He is the son of Adam Klein, a native of Pennsylvania and a mason by trade, who died in 1851, aged about twenty-eight years, and his wife, Eliza Perrine, a native of Pennsylvania, who is now a resident of Wellsburg. These parents had three children, the subject of this sketch, John, who died in infancy, and Maggie A., wife of Alonzo Knox, of Holliday's Cove. Isaac P. Klein was educated in the common schools of Pennsylvania, but has gained his training mainly by business contact with his fellow men. Beginning for himself at the age of fourteen years as a farm laborer, he continued to be thus occupied until twenty-three, when he entered the emplyment of the Pittsburgh, CIncinnati & St. Louis railroad company, as agent. He held this position and studied telegraphy in the meantime until the spring of 1880, when he embarked in merchandise at Wellsburg. A year and a half later he sold out and returned to the railroad, but a year later quit this, though repeatedly requested to remain, and then in 1883, engaged in the life insurance business. Beginning with the Union Central of Cincinnati for siz months, he then traveled two years for the Michigan Mutual life company, was afterward two years with the Penn Mutual of Philadelphia, and since then has acted for the Mutual Life of New york, for which he traveled through West Virginia one year. SInce August, 1889, he has been engaged in a general life, fire and accident insurance business, at Wellsburg, and has built a large and constantly increasing business. He also acts as agent of the Postal Telegraph and Commercial Cable Company. He is one of the live men of the town, and is highly respected. Active also in the Disciple church and in Sunday school work, he at one time superintended three schools, and is now chorister of the Wellsburg Sunday school. Mr. Klein was amrried July 31, 1873. to Emma J., daughter of Samuel and ELizabeth Amspoker, of Washington county, Penn. They have had four children: Cora G., deceased; Howard A., W. Frank and Ralph E.

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