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acumen. He first began business in a small way, but by close application to business and unyielding perseverance he has become one of the most prosperous business men of that locality.
    He is a republican in politics, and while not a politician he has always taken an active interest in all party issues. He has served three terms as a member of the Gallitzin council, and in 1896 was candidate on the republican ticket for the nomination for county treasurer. He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F., having held membership in that organization since 1874; also a charter member of the Jr. 0. U. A. M.
    In October, 1878, Mr. Yeckley celebrated his marriage with Mary Fosler, a daughter of Jacob Fosler, of Gallitzin. This union has resulted in the birth of eight children, of whom one son and three daughters are living; those living are: Elsie L., Edna N., Eugene E. and Luella P. Clarence W. died at the age of nine years; Charles E. died when but seven months old; Lorena M. lived to be seven years old, and the other child died when but three days old.
Mr. and Mrs. Yeckley are consistent members of the German Reformed church.


BERNARD W. LITZINGER, a merchant of Loretto, this county, is a son of William and Monica (Maguire) Litzinger, and was born in Loretto on August 20, 1851.
    His grandfather, on the paternal side of the family, was Anthony Litzinger, a wheelwright and cabinet-maker by trade, who followed his trade a number of years in Huntingdon, Huntingdon county, this State. In 1835 he removed to Loretto, where he followed his trade until 1837, when he and his son Thomas founded the mercantile house of which Bernard

W., the subject, is now the head. They remained in partnership until the death of Thomas, when William, the father of the subject, was taken in as partner. This business alliance continued until 1853, when the latter succeeded to it, and operated it until 1887, the date of his death.
    Anthony Litzinger (grandfather) married and became the parent of four sons and four daughters: David, Lydia, Mary, Elizabeth, Catherine, Sarah J., Charles, Thomas, William, and Benjamin, all deceased.
    William Litzinger, father of Bernard W. Litzinger, was born in Huntingdon, November 5, 1819, and died in Loretto, July 17, 1887. He was a cabinet-maker by trade, but came into the mercantile business as described above, and was also extensively engaged in the lumbering business, and being a man of good business capacity, accumulated considerable wealth, and was regarded as one of the most substantial and successful business men of the county. Politically, he was a democrat, and being a man of good judgment and of strict integrity of character, was elected justice of the peace, in which capacity he served for a time.
    He married Miss Monica, a daughter of Luke Maguire, a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Cambria county. To this marital union were born the following children: Eugene, a retired farmer of Loretto; Bernard W., merchant; Sirenus, who died in boyhood; and Henry C., a merchant at Chicora, Butler county, this State.
    Bernard W. Litzinger obtained his education in the public schools, and at Villa Nova college, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. He worked for his father until the latter's death in 1887, when he succeeded to his father's business. In addition to carrying on an ex-


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