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John E. Bell, of Washington, Pa.; to this union were born three daughters, viz.: May Bell, Gladys Romaine and Julia Winters.
The experience of Mr. Rose in the Johnstown flood was thrilling. Escaping from the third floor of his bather's brick house while it was being demolished by the raging waters, he was carried two squares toward the now famous "stone bridge," amid the crushing, grinding wreckage and debris, and finally lodged upon a roof-top in sight of his home, where his wife and daughter were out of reach of the flood. But the angry waters, and perhaps death, were between him and his family. How near, yet how far! He was rescued the following day at noon.
JOHN H. BORWN, ESQ., attorney-at-law, Johnstown, Pa., is a son of Samuel and Margaret (Gates) Brown, and was born April 15, 1848, at Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
|John L. Jones, of Braddock, Pa.; Emma Lucretia, deceased; Jeannette, wife of W. W. Cope, of Johnstown; W. Milton, of Johnstown; and Cyrus E., of Pittsburg, Pa. Mrs. Brown is yet living, she was born in January, 1824, Huntingdon county, Pa., and comes of a long-lived race; her father, John Gates, and his wife Hannah, both lived to the advanced age of ninety-three (93) years.
In politics, Samuel Brown was a staunch republican; in religion a consistent Methodist.
John H. Brown, the subject of this sketch, received his early education in the public schools of Johnstown and at Mt. Union college near Alliance, Ohio. He worked his way to a profession by studying at home in the evenings, while he worked in the mills of the Cambria Iron company. He learned the trade of a blacksmith, and worked at that trade for four or five years, studying law at odd moments. He finally entered the office of Col. John P. Linton as a law student, and under the preceptorship of that able practitioner, made rapid progress, and in September, 1873, was admitted to that bar of Cambria county. Subsequently, he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State. He served as deputy clerk of the District Court, which held its sessions in Johnstown in 1874-5, but has since been abolished.
On August 1, 1880, he married Amanda (Carroll) Fisher, daughter of George Carroll, of Johnstown. To this union was born one child, June S., born June 25, 1881.
In politics Mr. Brown is an active republican, and is prominent in the councils of his party.
In July, 1880, Mr. J. G. Lake, the register and recorder of Cambria county, died, and Governor Hoyt appointed our subject to take charge of the office until a register and recorder was