By 1920 Bob and Viola were running a small General Store in Elderton, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was enumerated there on 3 January 1920, listed as a merchant, along with his wife Viola C., son Royden B. and a boarder Lawrence S. Blystone who is only 15 years old.1 Blair told me that his father had hired a young man to work at the store and do the heavy lifting for him and he knew of no relationship between the Scott and Blystone families. In 1920 it would not have been unusual to find a 15 year old working full-time and boarding out.
There was a newspaper article from 1924 when Bob and Viola moved their store the short distance from Elderton to Shelocta.2
Robert Scott and family, of Elderton, have moved to Shelocta to the Samuel Kimmel property. The store stock of goods will also be moved to Shelocta into the Kimmel store property.
In 1930 Bob and Viola had moved to Vandergrift in Westmoreland County.3 The general store was closed and Bob is driving truck between the farms and the markets. Whether the store closed because of the Depression or Bob’s poor health wasn’t known by his son Blair. Blair usually listed his father’s occupation as truck driver on his papers.
Bob was well known within the family for his sense of humor, always ready with a joke or a pun.
Bob died 12 September 1932 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and is buried in the Elderton Cemetery.4
1. 1920 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania population schedule, Plumcreek Twp, enumeration district (ED) 15, p. 9A, dwelling 29; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 1508.
2. “Local Events,” The Indiana Weekly Messenger, 10 Jan 1924; digital images.
3. 1930 U.S. census, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania population schedule, Vandergrift, enumeration district (ED) 177, p. 16A; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626, roll 2160.
4. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 81003 (12 Sep 1932), Robert Scott; Division of Vital Records, New Castle, Pennsylvania.