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his neck with any man's name on it, and does not believe that loyalty to party demands servile obedience to the orders of any clique whose object is revenue only. He believes in statesmen, not mere politicians; teachers, not bosses, and when he strikes at "rings" of State, county or borough, it is always straight out from the shoulder. He is a true party man and is not related in any way to the chronic kicker, but when he does kick, he kicks with both feet; he kicks hard and kicks to hurt.
He is not an office-seeker, but when his services are required in an official capacity, he thinks it his duty as a citizen to accept, and he always fills the position with marked ability.
He is the father of nine children, three of whom -- Walter Lee, Ulysses Grant and Clarence Ellsworth -- are dead. Of the living all are married except Fannie Felicia, the youngest of the family. The other five are: Benjamin Beeson, Confluence; Louisa Jane (McFarland), Uniontown; John Daniel, Uniontown; Sarah Rebecca (Morrison), Uniontown; and Albon Sylvestor, our subject.
The mother of Dr. Albon S. Fichtner died in the spring of 1894.
He received a solid education in the common schools of the town, and at the age of nineteen became a teacher. His character and success as a teacher are demonstrated in the fact that although so young, he held principalships at Addison, Deer Park, Maryland, and Confluence, this State, and taught a normal school at Addison or Petersburg, Somerset county, Pennsylvania.
He studied medicine with his father, and, as the records of the father's life show, the son had the advantages of a good library and unusually fine instruction.
He then entered the College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Baltimore, from which school he graduated in 1882. He located first at Cranesville, Preston county, W. Va., practicing there until 1888, when he came to Johnstown, where he has been, ever since, a general practitioner, progressive and diligent in his work. While at college he took four special courses, viz.: operative ophthalmic surgery, general surgery, diseases of chest and throat, gynaecology.
He is a member of the Cambria County Medical society, is physician for a number of insurance companies, and has served on the staff of the Conemaugh Valley Memorial hospital, being the first surgeon appointed. He is also a member of Morrellville Lodge, No. 50, I. O. O. F., one of the charter members of Jr. O. U. A. M., a member of the Mystic Chain and Foresters, and a number of the patriotic orders represented in the city.
In 1891 he organized the Morrellville Building and Loan association, and has been its president ever since. It has done much towards helping to secure homes for the poor of Morrellville, and has been very successful. He is the president of the Morrellville Board of Health.
He is an earnest republican and a valued member of the Lutheran church.
In 1881 he married Latilla M. Mayer, and has four living children: Ellsworth, Annie E., Sara Rebecca and Rachael R. One child died in infancy.
JAMES WILLIAMS, the oldest Odd Fellow in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, was born in county Norfolk, England, on June 13, 1818.