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quartermaster sergeant, and on August 28, 1862, was made second lieutinant in the above company. He was wounded in the battle of Drury's Bluff, Virginia, May 16, 1864, and in acknowledgment of his gallantry on the field, was promoted to the office of first lieutenant, February 24, 1865. He served until the close of the war. October 20, 1865, he received his discharge in Maysville, Buckingham county, Virginia. On leaving the army he returned to Cresson, where, in 1867, he engaged in lumbering, which business he conducted until 1873, and followed draying in Cresson until 1877, at which time he was compelled to retire from active business on account of the wound received while valiantly fighting the battles of his country and gallantly defending the honor of the flag.
    In religious belief he adheres to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic church. Politically he is a democrat, and has always taken an intelligent interest in politics. As a friend of the cause of education, and a supporter of our public school system, he has served as school director for fifteen years, was supervisor of his township two years, a member of borough council of Summitville for three years, and is serving his fifth commision of five years each as justice of the peace. His long term of office testifies to his integrity and excellent judgment, and his standing with the people who know him best.
    In 1867 he wedded Miss Margaret, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Hines, of Cresson, and to this marital relation either children have been born: James A., Joseph Francis, Mary E., Celestine, Hacket, Agnes, Katie and Harry.


JOHN E. GASTEIGER was born in Paint township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1862. He was educated

in the common schools and at the Indiana State Normal school, and taught nine terms in the common schools of Somerset and Cambria counties. On September 23, 1886, he passed the preliminary law examination and became a law student in the office of Coffroth & Rappel, at Somerset, Pennsylvania. After pursuing the necessary course of study under their direction he was admitted to practice in the courts of Cambria county. Wishing to make himself yet more proficient in his chosen profession, he pursued and completed the course in the Law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He graduated from that university, and received the degree of LL.B. Since which time he has been located in Johnstown, this county.
    On October 9, 1893, he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
    His political affiliations are with the Democratic party, but he has never sought nor held political office.


S. A. WEIMER,, alderman of the eighth ward, Johnstown, a son of David and Catharine (Hartman) Weimer, was born March 14, 1846, in Melford township, Somerset county.
    His grandfather, Samuel A. Weimer, was a farmer of Milford township, Somerset county, in all probability of German descent. He furthermore enjoyed the distinction of having served in the Revolutionary War.
    The father of our subject was born in Somerset county, December, 1814, and died in 1875 in Ligonier, Westmoreland county. He was a farmer of consequence in his neigh-


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