Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Prestie M. Headings


The Headings, of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, trace to the early settlement of Allensville, Menno township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, where several branches of the family were early settlers. Philip Headings built a grist mill in Menno township, in 1827, which he operated until 1834. This mill passed through the hands of several owners until 1865, when it again came into the possession of a descendant of Philip, one William Headings, who owned it until 1872, when he sold it to William Mateer.

Isaac Headings was born in Allensville, Pennsylvania, and there grew to manhood. He married, and for a year farmed at Allensville, then purchased a farm near Milroy, and there engaged in farming for thirteen years. He then bought a tract of about five hundred acres at Honey Creek station, and there lived for twenty-one years, farming and lumbering, clearing the greater part of his tract. He then retired to Reedsville. where he purchased a home and lived the remainder of his life. He was a Democrat in politics, and for thirteen years was a school director and supervisor. Both he and his wife were members of the Lutheran church. He married Maria Metz, daughter of a miller and justice of the peace of Mill Creek, Pennsylvania. Children of Isaac Headings: 1. Jacob, died in youth. 2. John, died unmarried, aged twenty-seven years. 3. Robert, married Florence Alexander, and is a farmer near Milroy, Pennsylvania. 4. Samuel, now a farmer near Siglersville, Pennsylvania: married (first) Priscilla Byler, (second) Miss Yocum. 5. Oliver, now a general merchant at Milroy, Pennsylvania. 6. Dr. Isaac, a practicing physician of McAllistersville, Pennsylvania. 7. Amy, married W. J. McNitt, a fruit farmer, near Milroy. 8. James, married Rhoda Beatty, and farms the old homestead. 9. Marshall, a druggist, lives in Pittsburgh (South Side). 10. Prestie M., (see below). 11. Rhoda, married Daniel Smith and resides at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 12. Harry, now proprietor of a general store at Reedsville, unmarried. 13 and 14, died in infancy.

Prestie M., son of Isaac and Maria (Metz) Headings, was born on the farm, near Honey Creek station, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, October 19, 1876. He was educated in the public schools of Milroy, and at Millersville State Normal, and taught for two years after leaving the normal. He then entered Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, whence he was graduated 1901. After receiving his diploma he was employed as a registered pharmacist in the drug store of H. M. Andress, at Homestead, Pennsylvania, for two years, and for the succeeding two years occupied the same position with A. C. Hyde, at New Castle. Pennsylvania. On January i, 1905, Mr. Headings purchased from the heirs, the drug store of G. C. Dippery, in the Harris Block, on East Market street, Lewistown, and for two years conducted a successful drug business at that location. He then moved to the Will Lind building, now owned by the Methodist Episcopal church, remaining there four years. He then purchased of A. C. Mayes, his present store at the Five Points or Fountain Square, where he has a handsomely equipped, well-stocked and well-patronized store, with a varied line of cut glass, china, drugs, confectionery, fine stationery, fountain in short, a modern drug store. He is also interested in the American Druggists Syndicate, a wholesale manufacturing and jobbing drug association. He is a Democrat in politics, a member of the Masonic order, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church.

He married, in June, 1900, Estella Hayes, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, daughter of L. O. Hayes, a retired coal dealer, of Pittsburgh. Children: Isabel, Louis and Gladys.



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