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compelled to give up the position. In April, 1889, he came to Johnstown, and like many others, lost all his worldly possessions in the Catastrophe of May 31, 1889. After the wreck of the terrible calamity had been cleared away, and Mr. Williams began to look about him for a medium through which to secure a livelihood, mining seemed to be the best adapted to his training and capabilities. He purchased the coal mine of Daniel Thomas, a coal operator of Johnstown, and later that of Hiram Swank, and now operates both mines, giving employment to twenty hands.
Religiously Mr. Williams is a presbyterian, and takes an active part in all church and religious work. He was one of the prime movers in the organization of the Miners' Christian association, the first organization of its kind in the country. The objects of this are to advance the spiritual and intellectual interests of the miners by providing wholesome reading for them, and by conducting orthodox exercises specially adapted to their needs. The first officers of this association were: William J. Williams, president; D. J. Jones, treasurer; M. L. Weaver, Secretary; and Mr. John Fulton, Geo. Robinson, Dr. Overdorff and Wm. Morris, directors. It has been in existence since October 19, 1894, is largely patronized, and has done and is doing a truly ennobling work.
On January 15, 1874, Mr. Williams and Mary Ann Ritallick, daughter of Richard Ritallick, of Lannar, Cornwall, were united in marriage at Camborne, in the Wesleyan chapel.
Richard Ritallick was a native of Lannar, but after his marriage moved to Camborne, where he died. He married Mary Ann Carpenter, and to this union was born fourteen children, but three of whom are yet living: Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Little, of Cornwall;
John R., of Johnstown: and the wife of the subject of this record. Mrs. Williams has always traveled with her husband, and takes an active interest in all his works, especially in the work of the Miners' Christian association, being accustomed to such work from childhood. Prior to her marriage with Mr. Williams she spent most of her life traveling with a good, Christian lady, Miss Ellen Budge.
DR. C. E. ALTEMUS, is a well-known dentist of Morrellville, Pennsylvania. He is of Scotch-English extraction, his original ancestors having emigrated from Scotland. Nicholas Altemus, his grandfather, spent most of his life in Indiana county, Pennsylvania. In this county he died from the result of an accident. He followed the occupation of milling.