Emlenton in Venango County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
James Bennett - Premier Entrepeneur
By 1895 his general hardware business (part of which was the manufactuer of tin, copper, and sheet iron ware) was doing an annual business of over $100,000. His varied business interests included the Emlenton Flouring Mill and the Emlenton-Shippenville Railroad. He served as the first president of the Emlenton Gas Light and Fuel Co. and organized both local banks - the First National Bank and Farmers National Bank. One of his community efforts was the raising of funds to build the large three-story brick school which was completed in 1874.
Following Bennett's retirement from active business in 1896, the two buildings he built in this block were occupied by various enterprises. Banking in Emlenton had so grown in importance that the First National dominated the corner. The Barnard Co. dry goods store shared the first
In 1912, D.M. Long purchased the Bennett Hardware. Long's business (which included hardware, farm equipment, furniture, and automobile interests) flourished here until a fire leveled the structure in 1946.
Erected by Oil Heritage Region.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 41° 10.627′ N, 79° 42.504′ W. Marker is in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, in Venango County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and 5th Street (Pennsylvania Route 38). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Main Street, Emlenton PA 16373, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Supplies The Area's Needs (a few steps from this marker); H.B. Mitchell - An Emlenton Success Story (a few steps from this marker); The Crawford Family (within shouting distance of this marker); World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Arthur W. Phillips - Physician / Humanitarian (about 300 feet Emlenton At Leisure (about 300 feet away); West Main Street Development (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emlenton.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 12, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.