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Irwin Mill company for two years. At the end of that time, in 1888, he was elected justice of the peace for a term of five years, and at its expiration in 1893 was re-elected for a second term of five eyars. He was elected burgess in 1890, re-elected in 1891, 1892, and in 1893 for a term of three years.
    On February 17, 1874, Squire Skelly was united in marriage with Rebecca J. Madden, a daughter of Spencer Madden, of St. Thomas, Franklin county.
    Squire Skelly is an old-time democrat, is ever active in local politics, and was the first jury commissioner elected in Cambria county. While serving as jury commissioner he drew the first colored man whoever served on a jury in the State of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Clinton Lodge, No. 4, F. and A.M., of Fairfield, Iowa; and while on a visit west in 1865, helped to build the first mile of the Union Pacific railway. Squire Skelly's life-record has been one of activity and honorable success, and he now enjoys the fruits of many years of toil in several different business pursuits.


FRANK U. FERGUSON, M.D., a graduate of the Medico-Chirurgical College of Philadelphia, and a physician of standing and practice at Gallitzin, is a son of John and Sabilla (Kells) Ferguson, and was born near Blairsville, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, December 12, 1864. The Ferguson family is of Scotch lineage, and in residence in Pennsylvania dates back to colonial days. Dr. Ferguson's paternal grandfather, James Ferguson, was a son of the founder of the family in Indiana county, this State.
    James Ferguson was born and reared on his father's farm, where he passed his life, and was engaged in farming and blacksmithing. He

was a noted fox and deer hunter, and married and reared a family of nine sons and three daughters. Of his sons, one was John Ferguson, whose life was passed on the old-homestead farm; he was a prosperous farmer and an influential citizen, who enjoyed company and was noted for his open-handed hospitality.
    Mr. Ferguson was a whig, and subsequently a republician in politics, and a member of the Methodist church. He was born in May, 1828, and died suddently of heart failure May 22, 1895. The county press commented on his death, and one paper, in an extended notice said: "The deceased was one of the old and highly respected citizens of that community. He was an exemplary citizen, and fulfilled well the various duties of life. He belonged to a sturdy stock, and his death removes another of those robust figures that in this day are becoming only too rare. We extend to the bereaved ones the assurance of our deepest sympathy. His remains were interred in Hopewell Cemetery, Indiana county, but the memory of such a husband and father will live in unfading greenness in the hearts of wife and children.
    "Mr. Ferguson married Sabilla Kells, whose father, Robert Kells, came with his parents from Ireland, and was a noted boat-builder in the days of the old canal."
    Mrs. Ferguson, who still resides on the home-farm, was born at Livermore, Westmoreland county, in 1844, and is a member of the Methodist church. Mr. And Mrs. Ferguson reared a family of seven children: Dr. Frank U., Charles D., Mary, Jennie, George, Rebecca, and James.
    Dr. Frank U. Ferguson was reared on the old family homestead-farm in Indiana county, received his education in public schools and Blairsville academy, and then became a clerk


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