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farming on the homestead farm; Conrad C., teaching school; Christian, now dead; and Elizabeth, Francis and Mary, who are still at home.
    Vincent Rieg now owns his father's farm, which contains seventy-one acres, and is two miles east from Carrolltown. He is an energetic and persevering man, who has been actively engaged in different lines of business for nearly forty years. He is a member of the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Rieg is a staunch and active republican, and has been important and useful as a worker and leader in his party for over a quarter of a century.
    For four years, from 1852 to 1856, while the eastern part of Carroll township was rapidly being settled by all nationalities, Mr. Rieg was pilot to the Rev. Father Henry Lunkie, the pioneer priest of northern Cambria, on his mission as minister and physician to the newly arriving settlers in the wilderness of Carroll township.


PETER C. OTT, an enterprising music-dealer of Dale borough, Cambria county, is a son of Charles and Mary Ott, and was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, July 15, 1863.
    His father was born in Germany on January 6, 1830. He came to the United States with his father in 1850, being twenty years of age, and located with him in Somerset county, where he and five brothers worked in harmony with their father and bought a large farm, and erected an old-fashioned saw-mill, and all worked in common until the farm was paid for.
    In 1853 he was united in marriage to Mary, daughter of John and Christina Naugle, and worked as a day laborer until he had saved enough money to purchase a farm, upon which

he spent many years in hard labor. In 1890 he sold his farm and moved to the village of Hooversville, Somerset county, and lived there for two years. His wife died there at the age of fifty-six years.
    His marriage with Mary Naugle resulted in the birth of seven children, six boys and one girl; of these, one boy is dead.
    Peter C. Ott has attained what success is his, in the business world, with the aid of but a common-school education. His boyhood days and early manhood were spent with his father upon the farm, and also in the lumbering business.
    In 1885 he purchased a saw-mill of his father, and operated it for a term of five years, and in the spring of 1890 sold the saw-mill, together with his father's farm, came to Johnstown, bought a lot, and erected a house upon it. The same year he embarked in the hotel business, and successfully pursued this line for four years.
    In 1894, retiring from that kind of work, he disposed of the hotel, and embarked in his present form of merchandizing. By close attention to business and the exercise of that enterprise and thorough-going spirit so truly characteristic of him, he succeeded in building up a large and constantly-increasing business.
    Mr. Ott finds his political affinity in the principles and policies of the Democratic party, and is steadfast in the support of the same, in the councils and work of which he takes an active and intelligent part.
    In 1893 he served as councilman of Dale borough, and showed that he possessed a comprehensive and intelligent conception of the little borough's needs, discharging every duty coming within his jurisdiction with satisfaction to all. He is also a member of the Democratic county committee, and as such


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