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Henry Irwin McClenahan;—Noteworthy among the representative business men of Sharon, Mercer county, is Henry Irwin McClenahan, an enterprising and well-known grocer, who has won well-deserved success by his native ability, thrift and honest dealings, and has here built up a large and lucrative patronage in his particular line of trade. A native of Ohio, he was born, March 4, 1852, in Youngstown, where he spent the first twelve years of his life. His parents, Robert and Mary (Irwin) McClenahan, were both born in Ireland, and after their marriage settled on a farm in Youngstown, Ohio. About 1864 they moved to Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, where they continued their agricultural labors for many years.
Beginning his early studies in the common schools of Youngstown, Henry I. McClenahan completed his education in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, whither his parents located when he was a boy of twelve years. Subsequently returning to Ohio, he learned the miller's trade at a flour mill in Youngstown, and was afterwards engaged in milling in Girard, Ohio, for ten years. Coming from there to Sharon, Mr. McClenahan, with two partners, bought, and for four years operated, the Sharon Milling Company's plant. Selling his interest in the mills in 1900, Mr. McClenahan then embarked in the grocery business, which he has since carried on with most satisfactory results, having built up a thriving trade in Sharon and vicinity.
On June 21, 1882, Mr. McClenahan married Maggie Kennedy, and into their pleasant home five children have been born, namely: H. Eugene, Hugh K., Seymour P., Grace and Betty. Fraternally Mr. McClenahan is a member of the Protected Home Circle, and religiously he belongs to the Presbyterian church, of which his wife and children are also members.