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Beatty Family Passes Down
Over 100 Years of Traditions


Since 1914 many residents of Butler, Clarion, Armstrong, Venango, and Mercer Counties have gone to one place to buy furniture. But at one time, these residents also knew where to go to buy school supplies, paint, cars, groceries, toys, and furniture. That place was J.M. Beatty.

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J.M. Beatty Furniture was founded by Joseph Martin Beatty.

    Joseph Beatty was in the eighth grade when his father passed away. Joseph dropped out of school to help support the family by selling merchandise door to door, traveling by horse and buggy.

    Eventually after years of work, Joseph bought a building in Barkeyville. Joseph married Velma Kinder of Barkeyville and they had six children.

    In 1914, Joseph moved to Eau Claire on Route 38. J.M. Beatty Merchandise was a hub of commerce

for local farmers and businessmen.

    J.M. Beatty Merchandise offered clothing, household items, toys, groceries, furniture, gas, and even automobiles. The move proved to be a fruitful venture, and as the business grew, the siblings incorporated specific areas.

    J.M. Beatty Automotive was owned and operated by Jim, Merle and Jean, J.M. Beatty Merchandise by Harry and Josephine, and J.M. Beatty Furniture by Cecil Beatty.

    Joseph had dropped out of school at a young age and ironically his six children were all college graduates.

    Cecil Beatty went all 12 grades of school without missing a day. He graduated from Grove City College and was a World War II Veteran.

    Cecil had a strong work ethic and was an exceptional family man. He had two children, Kathy and

Joe, grandson Chad, and great-grand children Jude and Claire Beatty.

    Cecil worked six days a week at age 90 until his passing.  His son Joe has now retired, but his daughter Kathy is still working.

    Celebrating 110 years of business and five generations, J.M. Beatty Furniture is Butler County’s largest furniture store with name brands like La-Z-Boy, England, Stearns & Foster,  Flexsteel, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, and Shaw flooring.

    With over  1600 recliners, 1000 sofas, 3,000 tables, 100 sectionals, 75 bedroom groups, & 200 mattresses in-stock.  Total of over 150,000 sq. ft. of showroom.

    From a horse and buggy to a 150,000-square-foot facility, many customers have come through the doors over our 100 years.


.J.M. Beatty Furniture and Mattress would like to thank each one of our customers for their years of patronage.

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