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became invaluable, and two years later he was admitted to partnership, under the firm-name of Johnston, Buck & Co. While a member of the firm he still serves as cashier.
He is well versed on financial matters, and is thoroughly familiar with all the details of banking, and his close and careful supervision is such as to prevent errors and avoid losses.
Politically a democrat, but no office-seeker, Mr. Buck while carefully studying the political issues of the day, yet is neither partisan nor politician. Standing unquestioned for what he is, a man of business ability and strict integrity, his career furnishes an additional instance of what capability can accomplish without friends or influence.
On May 10, 1880, Mr. Buck wedded Hattie L. Zahm, a daughter of Geo. C. K. Zahm, of Ebensburg. Mr. and Mrs. Buck have one child, a daughter named Blanche.
Carl Buck, the founder of the Buck family in Cambria county, was of German origin and nativity, and built Buck's mills, where his son, Hon. John Buck, was born September 11, 1823. Hon. John Buck was engaged for many years in the general mercantile business, but is now living a retired life. He is an ardent democrat, yet served as postmaster at Carrolltown under Grant's administration. He served from 1862 to 1865 as sheriff Cambria county, which he represented in the house of representatives of Pennsylvania, during the session of 1875 to 1876. He always took an active part in all matters pertaining to the success of his party, or the local government of his township and county. He is a member of the Catholic church, and on June 5, 1849, married Regina Sherry, a daughter of Peter Sherry, of Allegheny township. To their union were born twelve children: Celestine A., a large furniture dealer, who resides at Carrolltown,
and has branch stores at Hastings and Spangler; Dr. M. J., of Altoona, who was graduated at Jefferson Medical college, took special courses in New York city and Vienna, Austria, and ranks as a leading surgeon of the United States; S. H., a contractor and builder of Lorain, Ohio; Peter, who died in the year 1881; Dr. James P., a graduate of Jefferson Medical college, and after serving in the Austrian army, operating against Servia, returned home and is now practicing in Chicago; A. W., subject of this sketch; Mary, wife of James V. Scanlan, a traveling salesman of Johnstown; Ambrose C., who has hardware stores at Braddock, Turtle Creek and Gallitzin, Pennsylvania; Annie, at home; Vincent J., engaged in the hardware business with Ambrose C., and Lambert, who is at home.
The Buck family, of Cambria county, is of honorable German origin, and if related to the old and well-known Buck family of Montgomery county, of which the historian, William J. Buck, is a member, it will trace its ancestry back "to the time of the Crusades," its coat of arms being a white or silver springing buck on a vermilion field. Such surnames which indicate courage or agility have been borrowed from the shields and banners of war. The most common Christian names in the family for generations have been Nicholas, Jacob and John.
REV. NICHOLAS S. GEORGE, a man of varied and successful business experience, and a Union soldier in the late Civil War, is the eldest son of Rev. Nicholas and Catherine (Yutzler) George, and was born near Mechanicsburg, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1834. His paternal ancestors were of German origin, and the Georges, of Cambria county, are descendants of Nicholas