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pelled Mr. Crouse to retire from active business. He was quite a prominent and influential member of the Episcopal church, and fraternally was a member of the Masonic Order, also of the Senior Order of American Mechanics. He married Miss Rebecca Culison, the mother of our subject. She was a descendant of one of the pioneers of Carroll county, Maryland. To this marriage four sons and five daughters were born: George, the general yard-master of the Northern Central railroad at Baltimore. He has been in the employ of that company for thirty years. James French, a farmer of Anne Arundel county, Maryland; William, deceased; Jennie, deceased, who was the wife of Samuel Crouse, also deceased; Charles N., Annie, the wife of John Wolf, assistant superintendent of the Canton elevators of Baltimore, Maryland, and Lizzie, who resides with her mother in Baltimore.
    Charles N. Crouse received his education in the common schools of Baltimore, and at the age of sixteen became a brakeman on the Northern Central railroad; he remained in this position for three years, and then worked one year for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. In 1878 he removed to Johnstown, this county, and entered the employ of the Cambria Iron company, and worked in the Bessemer department of their works until 1884. In the latter year he succeeded A. J. Skelley as proprietor of the hotel at South Fork, since which time he has followed the hotel business. He is a man of good business ability, pleasant and genial, and his hotel is conducted in a manner satisfactory to the traveling public. It is a three-story building, one hundred and sixty-seven feet front by one hundred and sixty-five feet deep, and contains twenty-eight rooms, fitted up with all the modern improvements and conveniences.
In politics he is a staunch democrat, and in 1889 was appointed mercantile appraiser. He is a member of the South Fork Castle, No. 101, K. of P., of which he is chancellor commander.
    May 22, 1882, he married Miss Margaret Horner, a daughter of the late Joseph Horner, of Wilmore, this county, and their marriage has been blessed in the birth of two childrenCharles, deceased, and Mary.

FRANCIS J. FOX, an enterprising young business man of Dunlo, this county, is a son of John and Mary (Sheller) Fox, and was born in Adams township, this county, August 12, 187o. His grandfather, Francis Fox, was born and reared in Germany, and emigrated to this country about 1840. He located first in the city of Baltimore, and later came to Cambria county, locating on a farm in Richland township, now known as Adams township. He was one of the early pioneer settlers in this locality, and pursued the avocation of a farmer all his life.
    John Fox, father, was born in Germany in 1830, and was about ten years old when his parents came to this country. On reaching the age of maturity he adopted the occupation of his father and became a farmer. However, in addition to his agricultural interests he engaged in the lumber business, which he has conducted with a large degree of success , cutting and shipping each year large quantities of lumber.
    In 1894 he entered the mercantile field and purchased a general store in Dunlo, this county, which is now under the management of his son, Francis J. Fox. Mr. Fox has proven himself an energetic and capable business man, having achieved success in whatever line of business he has undertaken.


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