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Gen. Robert Patterson, and then, his time of enlistment having expired, he returned home and immediately began to help to enlist a regiment to serve for three years or during the war, which culminated in the Fifty-fourth regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry. Most of the Zouaves re-enlisted, and served in Company A of this regiment, and Emory was made second sergeant. This company was mustered into the service about September 20, 1861. In the early fall of 1863 he went to Washington, D.C., and was examined by the Board of Examiners, of which board Maj. Gen Silas Casey was president, for promotion. Emory passed as a first-class first lieutenant, and was ordered to report to Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, and was commissioned a first lieutenant, and continued in active and honorable service, until his life was given up on the alter of his country. Emory Fisher Post, No. 30 of Johnstown, is named for him, a graceful tribute to his bravery and sterling soldierly qualities, and an evidence of the high esteem in which he is held by his brothers in arms. The sixth child born to this union was George C., who also served a long time in the war in the One Hundred and Thirty-third regiment, Pennsylvania Vols.; Milton B., who died in the spring of 1896; Annie C., and Susan E., wife of Ralph A. Byron, of Johnstown.
JOHN I. PRATT, the active and experienced foreman of the coal mines of the Cresson Coal company, is a son of Ralph and Mary Ann (Sigafoes) Pratt, and was born in McKeesport, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, February 25, 1853. He is of English and German descent, and his father, Ralph Pratt, was a native of Yorkshire, England, where he received his education, passed his early years, and learned mining in those great collieries
from which Great Britain has drawn largely her coal supplies for the last two centuries. At twenty years of age an opportunity to come to America presented itself to Ralph Pratt; he accepted it, and crossed the Atlantic to a United States port. Soon after landing in this country he sought the western part of Pennsylvania, and settled in Westmoreland county, where he made his home during the remainder of his life. He died at Penn Station, Westmoreland county, in April, 1894, when well advanced in the seventy-fourth year of his age, having been born in 1820. He was a consistent and zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and married Mary Sigafoes, of Greensburg, in his adopted county, and who was likewise a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. She was of German ancestry, and died in 1866, at forty-two years of age. Mr. And Mrs. Pratt had nine children, three sons and six daughters.
John I. Pratt was principally reared at Penn Station and its immediate vicinity, and received his book education in the old common schools. Leaving school he worked in the mines and various subordinate positions up to 1881, in which year he became foreman of the Argyle Coal company's mines at South Fork, which position he held for six years. At the end of that time he went to the Carbon coal mines in Westmoreland county, where he acted as foremen for over two years, and then served for two years in the same capacity, in that county, at the Hostettler Coal & Coke Company's mines. In July, 1892, he accepted his present position as foreman of the Cresson Coal mines and removed to Cresson, where he has resided ever since. Mr. Pratt has given close study to the subject of coal mines, their ventilation, management, and operation, and, being a practical and experienced miner, is