The Fine's of Eighty Four, PA

Updated May 15, 2006

Wayne L Fine
Eighty Four, PA United States
wlfmfat4@comcast.net

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The Fine's that came to Eighty Four, Pa originated in the Mon Valley around 1840 when Phillip Fine and Beatta Cuhl Fine settled in Dravosburg, PA. The Fine families worked in the mines and factories along the Monongahela River from Dravosburg, South to Donora, PA.
The First Fine who ventured toward Eighty Four was Jacob Franklin Fine Sr. who worked at the Acme Brewing Company in Bentleyville, PA and gardened on a farm in Somerset Township, Eighty Four, PA. This was probably around 1910. My Father Harvey would come to visit him and met my Mother Loretta (Retta) Wergin on thr Wergin Family Farm. They were married and moved to Eighty Four around 1929 or 1930. A Brother Jacob also moved to Eighty Four and owned a small farm in Somerset Township.
A cousin of My Father's, Gordon Fine also had a farm in Nottingham Township and at least one Son, Gordon Jr. and a Daughter Joanne Fine Holbert, currently live in Eighty Four.
I am the only Fine from my Father's branch still living here. Perhaps one of my Son's or Grandson's will come back to the area.
Eighty Four is a small village located about 25 miles South of Pittsburgh, PA in Washington County. We were really put on the map by the coming of 84 Lumber Company in 1957 with the original lumber and building supply store opened. The original store now is used as part of the corporate office complex, with the original store located on PA Route 519, just South of the juncture with PA Route 136.
Most people think the name of the town came from the lumber company and as well known as the company become, it is easy to understand the error. The Village was originally named Smithville, but in 1884 the U.S. Post Office declard that the village had to change the name due to another Smithville in Eastern Pensylvania. My Grandmother who was sixteen at the time agreed with the renaming the town for the hard fought election of President Grover Cleveland in 1884. Other's have said they named the town as this was the 84th stop for the daily mail train. Take your choice. We are still Eighty Four and most are very ptoud to have the number for out towns name.

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