Andrew Jackson Stahura was born in 1900 and served in World War I as a corporal and drill
instructor in the Marines. Stahura, known best as Andy but sometimes as A.J., was the owner and
butcher at Stahura’s Market, originally at Philadelphia Street and Carpenter Avenue in downtown
Indiana, the location today of the Coney Island tavern.
Later, Stahura opened the Handy Andy Supermarket at North 10th and Oak streets in Indiana’s
A diversified investor and entrepreneur, Stahura also was a partner in Carino Coal Company, a
productive coal mining operation, and in Stahura & Carino Christmas Tree Growers.
Stahura was a founding director and president of First Federal Savings & Loan, now InFirst Bank
of Indiana, and served as president of Indiana Thrift Corporation.
Stahura also was a longtime member of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and began a term as
president in 1965. He served on the Indiana Area School District board of school directors and
served as the board president during the 1960s.
Andrew married Mary Tate, who passed away in 1958, and then wed Florence Dougherty. Together,
they had four sons and a family of 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Stahura died
March 17, 1980, but he is still remembered for his service to the Indiana area community as a
member of the Lions, the Moose, the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He was a founding member
of The Allied Club, and was a member of the Indiana Football Boosters and Indiana Fire
Andy Stahura was an organizer of the Ward Baseball League as well as the St. Bernard Parish