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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