|ROBERT Y. ELDER |
From History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, p.960.
Robert Y. Elder
"Retired citizen of Saltsburg, and director of the First National Bank of that borough, is a native of Indiana County, Pa., born at Eldersridge, in Young Township, April 6, 1840, son of Robert and Nancy W. (Douglas) Elder.
Robert Elder (2), son of Robert the progenitor, was nineteen years of age when the family came across the Allegheny mountains from Dauphin county to the new home in western Pennsylvania. He settled down to farming, making his home in Conemaugh township, on the eastern half of the original tract. He died while in the prime of life, in 1813, being but forty-six years of age. To him and his wife Mary (Smith), who died in 1857, were born children as follows: Margaret, who married William Ewing; Joshua; Mary, who married John Leard; Ann; Hannah, and Robert.
On April 29, 1869, Mr. Elder was united in marriage with Mary E. Spalding, a native of Indiana county, daughter of George and Sarah (Paul) Spalding. Mrs. Elder was well educated, attending public school in Westmoreland county, and later Leechburg Academy, Eldersridge Academy and Blairsville Seminary. She taught public school five years in Westmoreland and Indiana counties. Mr. and Mrs. Elder have had five children: Maude Wallace, Robert Roy, George Paul, Alice Mary and Helen Douglas.
Maude Wallace Elder was born at Eldersridge, and received exceptional educational advantages, attending the public schools of Young township, the State normal school in Indiana, Pa., and the University of Chicago. She taught in Eldersridge Academy, then spent three years teaching in Porto Rico, and for the last six years has been a teacher of languages in Franklin College, at New Athens, Ohio.