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children and grandchildren, without a stain, a name of unusual honor, whose word was as good as his bond. He built the old brick warehouse on Railroad street, shortly after the canal was made, which was used for retaining and transferring goods and merchandise, a commission being charged for handling the same. Subsequently Henry Kratzer, Dean Robert and William Canan ran it. When the canal was abandoned the building was sold to the Odd Fellows and Sons of Temperance. Mr. Levergood's principal business of life was tanning. Having purchased the tannery from his father he continued to operate it for over fifty years very successfully, and only abandoned it when old age prevented his attending to the work.
Jacob Levergood was the owner of the ten acres where the Cambria Iron works are now built, and it was he who sold it to them. It has been used by him as a farm for many years prior to that event.
When a young man, he was one of the teamsters who hauled blooms from Frankstown, below Hollidaysburg, across the mountain to Johnstown, and also helped run the same on flat boats down to Pittsburg. This was before the canal and the Portage railroad were made.
The obsequies took place from the Lutheran church, of which he had been a prominent member from his early manhood. Services were conducted by Rev. Dr. R. A. Fink, pastor, aided by Rev. Dr. D. I. Beale, of the Presbyterian church. The paul-bearers were Messrs. James McMillen, Jacob Swank, Chas. Von Luenen, Howard I. Roberts, Jacob Fend and John Dibert. The remains were laid to rest in the family cemetery on Vine street, but subsequently removed to Grand View cemetery.
JAMES M. WALTERS, attorney-at-law, is a native of Johnstown. He was born July 4, 1855, in a house which occupied the site where Stenger's store now stands. His father, Henry Walters, was one of Johnstown's most enterprising and prosperous merchants. John Jacob Walters, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Germany, to which country his father had emigrated from Holland. Having studied medicine in Germany, John Jacob Walters emigrated to American and began the practice of his profession in Baltimore. He married a lady belonging to one of the old English families of Virginia. Their family consisted of four children: Arthur, John, Henry, the father of our subject; and Anna Maria.
Henry Walters came to Johnstown in 1848, and, as before noted, became a prominent merchant. On July 18, 1850, he married Miss Ellen M. Mitchell, daughter of James H. Mitchell, proprietor of the Temperance Hotel on the site at present occupied by the Dibert block, on the corner of Main and Franklin streets. The Mitchells were of Irish descent. Mrs. Walters' grandfather, Mr. Mitchell, was a Protestant minister. Through her mother's family, she is a descendant of Commodore Thatcher, of the English navy. Mr. And Mrs. Walters' family consists of the following children: Mary E., wife of H.A. Bailey, San Diego, Cal.; George W., of Allegheny city; James M.; Catherine, wife of A.G. Prosser; Ella, deceased; Arthur W., deceased; John W., deceased; Harry Thatcher, Charles F., of California; and William J., of this city.
James M. Walters received his early education in the public schools of Johnstown. For a time he clerked in his father's store, and upon his father's retirement from business, he found employment in the mills. He worked