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His marriage with Mary Heckman resulted in the birth of eleven children, of which four are yet living: Mary, the wife of Richard Howe, a liveryman and undertaker of Johnstown; John C. Blimmel; Rose, wife of F. E. Kelley, a hotel man of Johnstown; Katie, the wife of Frank Fleckenstein, a resident of Cambria city, and Maggie, who, with her husband, Peter N., and three boys, was lost in the memorable flood of 1889.
    John C. Blimmel received his education in the common schools of this county, and remained with his father until he attained to his majority, when he located on the corner of Broad street and Fifth avenue, where he is now engaged in the hotel business, being the proprietor of the Fifth Avenue Hotel.
    Mr. Blimmel is a democrat, takes an active part in the politics of his city, and is now serving as councilman for the Sixteenth ward, Johnstown. He is a consistent member of the Roman Catholic church, and is identified with the St. George's Society of the organization.
    November 15, 1892, he married Rose McDonnell, daughter of James McDonnell, of Cokeville, Westmoreland county. This marriage resulted in the birth of two children: Mary and Maggie.


MARK LAFFEY, proprietor of the City Hotel, in the Fourteenth ward of the city of Johnstown, this county, is a son of James and Margaret (Munroe) Laffey, and was born May 18,1870.
    James Laffey (father) was born in county Galway, Ireland, in 1831, and has always remained in the land of his nativity, where he now lives a comparatively retired life. Of his family the following children left the paternal roof and emigrated to America: Patrick, a

resident of Scranton, this State; John, of Youngstown, Ohio; Thomas, of Lorain, Ohio; Martin and Peter, all of the same place; and Michael and James, of Cambria city.
    Mark Laffey obtained a knowledge of the mere elements of an education in his native land, came to the United States at the age of fourteen years, and for a short time profited by attending the common schools of Cambria city, but early being forced to the necessity of making his own way, he took a position as bartender in Cambria city, holding such a position about three years. In 1892, having gained a sufficient knowledge of the business, he embarked in the hotel business in Minersville on his own account, and has since that time been actively engaged in pursuing that line of business, with such a measure of success as a strict attention to the same usually brings, and an affable and accommodating manner deserves.
    On February 3, 1891, Mr. Laffey and Mary Ellen Lynch were united in marriage, and their union has been blessed in the birth of one child, Catherine Clare.


JAMES A. KENSINGER, manager of the general store of McElhose & Co., Limited, and present postmaster of Myra, this county, and a son of Isaac B. and Elizabeth (Amsworth) Kensinger, was born on the old homestead, in Blair county, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1862. His early ancestors were of German descent. Daniel Kensinger, great-grandfather, was one of the Hessian soldiers captured by Washington at the battle of Trenton. On leaving the army he remained in this country, settling in Blair county, where a number of his descendants now reside. His son, John Kensinger, who was the grandfather


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