Randolph County, Indiana
Albert F. Sala
Winchester's enterprising business men is Albert F. Sala, a well-known
and successful druggist, who won a wide circle of friends in Randolph county
since taking up his residence here as a result of his industry, public spirit
and genial manners, and he has the good will of all who know him. He has
succeeded because he has worked persistently along legitimate lines of
endeavor, never letting the grass grow under his feet and never waiting for some
freak of Fate to cast fortune in his way; for he knew at the outset that he who
would win in this world of fierce competition must be a man of indomitable
energy, courage and self-reliance. Many of these attributes which have won for
him a place in the world's affairs have descended from his sterling ancestors,
whose records show them to have been people worth while.
/Mr. Sala was
born at Liberty Mills, Wabash county, Indiana, January 9, 1803. He is a son of Daniel
and Ruanna (Hay) Sala, the mother having been a daughter of Jacob
and Sarah Hay, both long since deceased.
family is of Italian origin and very old. They were exiled from Italy when Pope
Clement III was in power. From that country they went to Germany and took up
their abode: Daniel Sala, father of our subject, was a cooper by trade
and he was born in Ohio, from which state he came to Indiana, locating in Wabash
county, where he established a good home through his industry.
/The origin of the Sala
family in America is traced back to the sixteenth century, when three brothers
emigrated to the United States, one locating in Pennsylvania, one in
Massachusetts and one in North Carolina, and from them the present members of
the family are descended. The record shows that from that remote day to this
the family have made good, honorable, thrifty citizens, many of them prominent
in their respective communities. The Salas of the fourth generation were
close to the branch in which we find the kinship of the great George
Augustus Sala, of England.
/The mother of the
subject of this sketch was of German ancestry and her family lived in Maryland
before coming to the Middle West. Mrs. Ruanna Sala's mother died when
the former was only sixteen years old, leaving eleven children for her to rear,
but she did remarkably well.
/Five children were born to Daniel Sala and wife, namely: The first
died in infancy, as did also the second; David died in youth; Albert
F., of this sketch: Charles A., who is employed by the Rumely Engine
Company, lives in Chicago and is single.
/Albert F. Sala received a good education in the public schools of
North Manchester, from which he was graduated. When a boy he turned his attention
to the drug business, which he has made his life work, having thus been engaged
since 1883 with the exception of five years, when he taught in the high school
at North Manchester, Wabash county. He taught for the purpose of obtaining
funds to finish his education. He worked in a drug store for a number of years
in North Manchester, where he acquired a knowledge of the drug business. He
came to Winchester some ten years ago, where he has owned and conducted one of
the most modern, extensive and popular drug stores in the county, enjoying a
large and ever-growing trade. He carries an extensive and well-selected stock
of standard drugs, patent medicines, drug sundries; in fact, everything to be
found in an up-to-date drug store in a progressive, modern city, and by his
honest and courteous dealings with his many customers he has won the confidence
and good will of all who know him.
/Mr. Sala was married March 20, 1883, to Clara W. McFann, a
daughter of Asa B. McFann, whose family consisted of twelve children.
They lived in North Manchester, Indiana, where Mrs. Sala grew to
womanhood and received her education.
/Two children were born
to our subject and wife, namely: Irma died when three years old; Douglas
A. died when eight years old.
/Politically, Mr. Sala is a Republican. He is a member of the
Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He attends the Presbyterian
church. He is one of the most widely known druggists in northern Indiana and
ranks high among his professional brethren in the state. In March, 1902, he was
appointed a member of the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, which position he held
until May 1, 1911, discharging his duties in a manner that reflected much
credit upon himself and to the eminent satisfaction of all concerned. In
August, 1907, he was elected secretary and treasurer of the National Board of
Pharmacy, which high position he is holding with his usual fidelity, ability
and general satisfaction. Personally, he is an obliging, broad-minded, intelligent
and courteous gentleman whom it is a pleasure to meet.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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