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voter. His life has been one of varied business activities, and his services are always in demand where skilled labor and intelligent management in his line of work are needed.


LIEUT. JOSEPH R. HUMMEL, a Union officer of the late Civil War, and who has served continuously as burgess of Dale borough ever since its incorporation, is a son of David and Mary Hummel, and was born in Shade township. Somerset county, Pennsylvania, January 17, 1840. David Hummel was a son of Henry Hummel, a native of Franklin county, whose father, Henry Hummel, came from Germany, in all probability, as early as the middle of the last century. David Hummel was born in Somerset county in 1810, and learned the trade of blacksmith, which he followed for a life-vocation. He was a democrat, and at one time was one of only ten men who voted the Democratic ticket in Shade township, Somerset county. He was a member of the Evangelical church of North America, and married Mary Rhoades, who was a daughter of Joshua Rhoades, and died in 1879, aged sixty-nine years. Their family consisted of ten children, eight sons and two daughters.
    Joseph R. Hummel was reared in his native township, received but a limited education in the common schools, and was a farm laborer until he attained his majority, in 1861. A few months later, in October 1861, he enlisted in company "E," Fifty-Fourth Pennsylvania infantry, and served until Lee surrendered, being honorably discharged at Annapolis, Maryland, on May 31, 1865. He participated in the following battles: New Market, May 15, 1864; Piedmont, June 5; James river, June 14; Lynchburg, June 17 and 18; Liberty and Salem, June 19 - 22; Snicker's

Ford, July 18; Winchester, July 23 and 24; Cedar Creek, August 12; Second Winchester, September 19; Fisher's Hill, September 22; Cedar Creek, October 19; Fort Griggs, and High Bridge, besides numerous skirmishes. He served as a private until November 1, 1862, when he was promoted to corporal, and on October 20, 1864, was made sergeant. Afterwards, on April 2, 1865, he was commissioned as second lieutenant. Returning from the army, he drove team for a few years and engaged in the saw-mill business, which he followed for several years, being manager of Ashtola mills from 1870 to 1874. In the last-named year he came to Johnstown, ran a farm and burned lime seven years, and then spent nine years in Somerset county. He returned to Johnstown in 1890, and was elected burgess of Dale borough, which was organized that year, and has been re-elected every year since.
    He is a republican in politics, cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln, and has served for ten years as a member of school boards in Somerset and Cambria counties. He is a member of Emory Fisher Post, No. 30, Grand Army of the Republic, and the United Evangelical church, in which he has always been an active worker. In every field in which he has labored, Lieut. Joseph Hummel has been active, zealous, and useful. As a business man he is prompt and reliable, as a public official he is firm and just, as a school officer discreet, prudent and progressive, and as a man, a citizen, and a neighbor, he is respected.
    On September 10, 1868, Mr. Hummel was united in marriage with Frances Pickworth, a daughter of John Pickworth, of Johnstown, who was engaged for several years in boating on the old canal. Lieut. and Mrs. Hummel have seven sons and three daughters: John


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