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VINCENT SCHELLHAMER. -- No better class of people come to the shores of America, and none are more hospitably received as prospective citizens of the United States, than are the Germans. They differ in many respects from some other immigrants who seek a home among us, in that they are, as a class, developers, and as such have contributed much to the substantial thrift and prosperity of our boasted Republic. As farmers they are to be found in the many fertile valleys of the Keystone State, and, wherever found, their farms show the results of careful and industrious cultivation. Among the class above referred to must be put the gentleman whose name heads this sketch.
Vincent Schellhamer was born in Germany on February 26, 1837, and is a son of Vincent, and Katharine (Schellhamer) Schellhamer. While in his native country he followed the pursuits of a farmer, and at the same time drove an omnibus. Believing that America offered many inducements to an industrious man, he emigrated to this country in 1869, and located in Johnstown, where for nine years he drove for the Cambria Iron company. About 1878 he rented a farm in Conemaugh township, which he cultivated, at the same time continuing to work for the Cambria Iron company. Being a man of great energy, he soon started a dairy in connection with his farm, which proved to be a very profitable enterprise. In 1887 he purchased a farm of one hundred and fourteen acres in Stony Creek township, to which he removed. He now conducts one of the largest dairy farms in the county, in connection with which he owns thirty-four cows. Being located within easy reach of Johnstown, he finds a ready market in that city for all his products.
He married Agnes Hepp, and to this mari-
tal union have been born the following children: Charles, Richard, Katie, Jacob, John, Annie, Libbie and Florence.
JOHN J. SHAFFER, J. P., a contractor and builder of Conemaugh, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, is a son of John D. and Catharine (Custer) Shaffer. He was born November 4, 1851, in Somerset county, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, who was a native of York county, and a farmer by occupation, settled in Somerset county, where he died in Paint township.