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new line until the war came, when such a demand came for his goods that he could hardly fill the orders that poured in on him. This increase of business remained permanent with him after the war, and up to 1882, when he retired from business. He then spent his winters at New Orleans and in California until the great flood came and swept away so much of his property that he was compelled to again engage in business. He had his wrecked residence repaired and opened as a hotel, and it was the leading hotel for several years. From the scattered remnants of his property properly managed and income of the hotel he was enabled, on November 1, 1893, a second time to retire from active business with a sufficient competency to provide him with the comforts of life.
On November 4, 1845, Mr. Fend married Harrah Probst, a member of the English Lutheran church, and a grand-daughter of John Probst, the first iron manufacturer west of the Allegheny mountains in the Ligonier valley. Mrs. Fend was of French descent and died August 5, 1878, aged fifty-six years, leaving four daughters: Matilda, wife of Major James H. Gageby, United States army; Mary, who died May 9, 1887, at Los Angeles, California; Emma, who passed away, July 25, 1888; and Ettie, who is her father's devoted companion.
Jacob Fend is a republican in politics, and has served the city council for a number of years, but being a modest and retiring disposition he has never desired a public office, although serving in obedience to the willof the voters whenever elected to any municipal position. For years he has been among the foremost business men of the city, and has always identified himself with any movement for the advancement of Johnstown's material
interests. As one instance illustrating his devotion to the development of his city may be cited the great effort of Mr. Fend, in connection with G. W. Osborn, to obtain the necessary amount of subscription that secured the erection of the Johnstown water works. In a score of other ways more or less prominent, he has been a potent factor to secure additional advantages for his city or bring to it new enterprises.
Jacob Fend has been an industrious and persistent worker, and an excellent manager, and by prudence and economy has acquired a handsome competency. From a boy without a dollar and but little schooling he has not only achieved success in a business point of view, but in the maintenance of a character for integrity. His charities, however, have not been ostentatious, and few persons outside of his own family and intimate friends have knowledge of them. A fine example of a self-made man, his kindly nature, his thoughtfulness and consideration have won him friends wherever he has gone.
CAPTAIN GEORGE B. RICHARDS, a farmer of Reade township, this county, is a son of George and Charlotta (Bellman) Richards, and was born at Allegheny Ore bank, Huntingdon county, now Blair county, Pennsylvania, March 13, 1838.