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to this he has been largely engaged in real-estate and other speculations. One of the most important of these ventures was the building of the large summer hotel in Ebensburg near the station.
Prior to the Civil War, Mr. Lloyd was a democrat and took an active part in the Douglas, Breckenridge campaign, but the issues of the war caused him to transfer his influence to the Republican party.
Now, however, he is independent in politics. It was during the aforesaid campaign that he was elected county commissioner, serving the full term with credit to himself and entire satisfaction to the public. Aside from this he has never sought nor held office.
He is a member of Summit Lodge, No. 312, at Ebensburg, of Oriental Commandery, No. 60, and the Knights Templar, at Johnstown, being a charter member of the latter, and honored and respected in all his fraternal relations. The wife of Mr. Lloyd was Ann Gardner, a lady of English extraction, who resided in Pittsburg at the time of her marriage.
To their union have been born the following children: Mary J., wife of Carl Rivinius, a jeweler of Ebensburg; J. Gardner, a man of large political following, who is at present serving his third term as county commissioner of Cambria county; Maggie A., married to F. A. Speller, agent of the Pennsylvania railroad, at Shadyside, Pennsylvania; Ann, married to Mathiot Reade, an attorney of Ebensburg; Isabella and Martha, who live at home; Abel, Jr., an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad company and William, deceased.
The facts of a man's life are the best evidence of his character. The facts in the life of our subject show him to be a self-made man of upright character, universal ability, and of great influence in his community.
JOHN LLOYD, a prominent citizen and business man of Ebensburg, was born November 11, 1827, in Ebensburg, Cambria county. His parents dying when he was young, our subject did not have any advantages for securing an education outside of those afforded by the common schools. He first learned the trade of a printer, and followed it for about three years. Then he taught school one term, and afterwards took a position as clerk in Ebensburg, in which capacity he was engaged for about three years. In 1851 he was one year at Plane No. 2 on what was then known as the old Portage railroad. From that time until 1859 he was in the mercantile business in Ebensburg with a Mr. Davis, the firm name being Davis & Lloyd.
From 1859 to 1871 he speculated in various enterprises, and followed no regular business. At the latter date he bought one-half interest in the mercantile business of H. A. Shoemaker & Co., continuing it until 1878 under the name of Meyers & Lloyd. He was sole owner from 1878 to 1882, when he took his two sons into partnership, and, in the name of John Lloyd & Sons, the business has been carried on successfully ever since. Thus we have found Mr. Lloyd in the capacity of a printer, a teacher, a clerk and a merchant, discharging his duties in every instance with intelligence and efficiency. His versatility, however, was manifested in other directions. In 1858 or '59 an opposition newspaper to James Buchanan was started in Ebensburg, and The Mountaineer was the organ of Buchanan's opposers. In August, 1860, Mr. Lloyd was induced to take charge of it. This he did with ability and enterprise for one year.
In 1861 Thomas Callan was elected treasurer of Cambria county for a term of two years. He took his office January 1, 1862, and served