Schaney's Bicycle Emporium
Beaver Valley is full of unwritten stories of successful people who have simply forced success when the odds were all against them, but were they all known to the world there would be no more conspicuous example of this character of men than George W. Schaney, the well known harness, bicycle and vehicle dealer of 1512 and 1514 Seventh Avenue, Beaver Falls.
Mr. Schaney was born in Marion township, Beaver county, January 11, 1865, being a son of John Schaney. Being one of a large family of moderate means, his schooling was limited to a very few months. He worked on the farm until 15, when he became apprenticed to Strawhacker, a Zelienople harness maker. After completing his trade three years later he worked at Evans City for four years, and at the age of 22 went into business for himself. Seven years ago, he came to Beaver Falls, beginning business in the Abiatta storeroom.
Immediately his energy and push brought him to the front in a business way and two years later, he was able to buy and build where his store is now located. In 1880, his business having grown until more room was required, he bought an adjoining lot and built greater. He now has one of the largest and finest storerooms in Beaver County, it being a two-story brick 40x100 feet, with a basement fitted up for a storeroom. Every portion of the building is crowded with goods. In addition to displaying the largest and finest stock of harness, hand-made and factory, robes, blankets and horse furnishing goods ever shown in the county, he also handles some twenty of the leading makes of bicycles in the United States, keeps constantly on hands a hundred or more wheels, and sells more buggies, phaetons, road wagons, etc., than any other dealer in Beaver county. In the latter line he has sold some 75 rigs this season, embracing the finest of rubber tired goods of every description and design.
From the very beginning of his business career, Mr. Schaney's every investment seemed to return him an excellent profit, due to the native business shrewdness and intellectual stamina which he possesses. Added to this his qualities as a tireless worker, his strict adherence to business principles, his courteous treatment of the public, and his alertness in taking advantage of every business opportunity and you have the characteristics of the ideal business man. Mr. Schaney's past gives ample promise that his future business will only be limited by possibilities of the district in which he is located. As a citizen he has worked no less indefatigably for the good of the community.
[This newspaper clipping was found in the Beaver County Library Schaney folder, there was no date. I apologize for the quality of the image, I scanned it from a photocopy.]
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