Randolph  County,  Indiana

Albert  F. Sala

            One of 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.
/The Sala 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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