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Jacob are all that survive. David Singer and his wife were honest, God fearing and industrious; in religion they are adherents to the sect known as Dunkards of German Baptists.
    Jacob Singer grew up on his father's farm and attended the district school, but his educational advantages were very meagre. He finally became the owner of this valuable farm of one hundred and eight-eight acres, all underlaid with coal. He is possessed of abundant means, but cannot be induced to leave the old farm, where his life has been spent, to enjoy the comforts and luxuries of city life.
    While he is an earnest republican and takes a deep interest in his party's success he has never sought for office. During the Civil War he was appointed enrolling officer for Conemaugh, Taylor and Yoder townships, and held that office until Lee surrendered. He still takes an active interest in local politics.


BERNARD NEES, a genial gentleman and the popular proprietor of the commodious hotel, at Geistown, is a son of John and Mary Ann (Fleckenstein) Nees, and was born in the kingdom of Bavaria, now one of the states of the great German empire August 16, 1842. His parents were both natives and life-long resident of Bavaria, where the mother died in 1840, at thirty-four years of age, and the father survived until 1878, when he passed from earth, aged seventy-two years. They were industrious people, who held to the faith of the German Catholic church, and reared a respectable family of sons and daughters.
    Bernard Nees grew to manhood in a farming district in one of the valleys of the blue Danube, received his education in the old Bavarian schools, noted for thoroughness and excellence, and then followed agricultural

pursuits until he attained his twenty-third year, when he left the Fatherland to seek his fortunes in America. He came to Johnstown on April 23, 1866, and secured a position as clerk in the general mercantile store of Geis & Foster, of that place. He remained in their employ for four years, and then erected at Geistown his present hotel building, in part of which he conducted a general mercantile store from 1870 to 1876.
    Opening his hotel in 1870, he has conducted it ever since, excepting the years 1885, 1886 and 1887, when he rented it. This hotel has always been licensed, except the year 1893. Mr. Nees has always made it an object to render his guests comfortable, and this has helped to secure him the large and remunerative patronage which he enjoys. He is a highly-respected citizen, a democrat in politics and a member of the German Catholic church of Johnstown, of which his family are communicants. Mr. Nees owns a good farm in connection with his hotel property, and employs his time largely in the management of the one and the operation of the other. He is pleasant and genial, and on July 4, 1893, in company with E. Zang, sailed from New York city to Europe, where they visited many old cities, historic places and beautiful spots, and enjoyed themselves exceedingly well. Mr. Nees is wont to refer to this tour as one of the most enjoyable times of his life.
    On February 22, 1870, Bernard Nees married Helena Geis, of Geistown. Mr. and Mrs. Nees have eight children living, three sons and five daughters: Agnes, wife of Jacob Grosh; Katie, Annie, Josephine, Rose, Ludwig B., Joseph M. and George A. Mrs. Nees was born in Geistown February 11, 1850. Her paternal grandfather, Conrad Geis, was a man of fine memory and good education, who


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