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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 Brown, the grandfather of John H. Brown, was an early resident of Indiana county, but subsequently moved to morthwestern Cambria county, and was a resident of that county at the time of his death in 1860.
    Samuel Brown, father of John H., was born in Indiana county in the year 1818, but was reared in what is now Blair county, then part of Huntingdon county. In 1844, he came to Cambria county and remained there until his death, which occurred in the city of Johnstown, on February 25, 1893. His avocation was that of a furnace-man, and for many years he was employed as a "keeper" of a blast furnace. In 1842 he was united in marriage to Margaret Gates, daughter of John Gates, of Blair county.
    To this union were born the following children: Rachel, deceased; Thomas, deceaased; John H.; Elmira, deceased; Annie E., wife of

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


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