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Catholic church, and has been twice married. May 31, 1849, he married Miss Mary Ann Shearran, and to them were born two children: Philamina, wife of John Kline, of Barr township and Simon P., a farmer in Barr township. His second wife was Miss Anna Bromansparger, whom he married October 18, 1854. To this marital union seven children have been born: Joseph W., a farmer; John E., a farmer, located in Ohio; Philip, a farmer; Annie, at home; Magdalena, the wife of Peter J. Bell, of Spangler; Stephen, a business man, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Maud.


JOHN D. WENTROTH, one of the most successful hotel proprietors of Cambria county, and the popular manager of the elegant and modern Vintondale Inn, is a son of George and Elizabeth (Huether) Wentroth, and was born in Hesse Cassel, Prussia, May 27, 1841. George Wentroth was of the farming class in Hesse Cassel, where he was born November 14, 1809. He came to this country in 1851, and settled at Summerhill, where he followed agricultural pursuits during the remaining years of his active life. He was an exemplary member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, a man of industrious habits, and his life pilgrimage on earth closed January 14, 1895. Mr. Wentroth married Elizabeth Huether, of his native place. Mrs. Wentroth was born in the year 1799, and passed away April 4, 1865, leaving three children: George, a farmer and merchant of Wilmore; John D., and Mary, widow of Victor Voegley.
    John D. Wentroth received his education in the government schools of Hesse Cassel and the common schools of Cambria county, and then learned the trade of shoemaker, which

he followed for eight years after leaving the farm. Leaving the shoemaker's bench he was in the saw-mill business for some time, and then opened a store and a hotel at Summerhill, conducting the one for twelve years and the other for fifteen years; also filled the office of postmaster during the twelve years he was engaged in the mercantile business.
    Successful as a merchant, yet his greatest popularity was as a landlord, and in 1895, he was offered and accepted his present position as manager of the Vintondale Inn, a large and elegant three-story structure, complete in all its appointments with steam heating and electric light. Up to every requirement of modern travel and well fitted for a fashionable summer resort, the hotel has grown rapidly in public favor under Mr. Wentroth's administration.
    On February 26, 1864, Mr. Wentroth wedded Mary Ann Patterson, a daughter of James A. Patterson, of Summerhill, and grand-daughter of Thomas Croyle, one of the first settlers on the Alleghenies. Their children are: Lorena E., wife of P. S. Fisher, or Johnstown; George J., engaged in the hotel business; Clara M., married J. H. Luke, of South Fork, and Anna P., Robert P., Donald, Clyde and Nellie, who are still at home.
    In politics Mr. Wentroth has always been a staunch republican. He is a member of Mountain Lodge, No. 281, Free and Accepted Masons, of Altoona, this State. Mr. Wentroth is a courteous gentleman and very patriotic citizen. He was one of the first to respond to President Lincoln's call for troops in the dark April days of 1861. He enlisted on April 15th, of that year in a Company of the Third Pennsylvania three months' men, but was taken sick in June and sent to the Hagerstown hospital, where later he was discharged


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