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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 505
that region, and has had much to do with its development. He interested eastern capitalists and with them organized the Blacklick Land & Improvement Company, Vinton Colliery Company, and Vinton Water Company at Vintondale, which is named for him and is now a flourishing town. Afterwards he interested the Lackawanna Steel Company in this region and secured for it a large body of land in Indiana county, west of Vintondale, on which is now located the mines of the company and the town of Wehrum. After retiring from the bench in 1902 he resumed the practice of law, with his son Fred D. Barker as a partner, but he devotes the most of his time to the development of coal and timber lands. He is affiliated with Summit Lodge, No. 312, Free and Accepted Masons; Highland Lodge, No. 428, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and Captain Hugh Jones Post, No. 556, Grand Army of the Republic.
    He married, June 1, 1875, Kate F. Zahm, a daughter of George C. K. Zahm, and has children living as follows: Fred D., born May 8, 1876; Lovell Maine, born December 12, 1884, and Helen Alice, born August 18, 1890.
    Constantine H. Barker, fourth son of Abraham A. and Orsina P. (Little) Barker, was born in Lovell, Oxford county, Maine, September 20, 1854. His early education was acquired in the public schools of Cambria county, whence he had removed with his parents and brothers, and he then entered the Shippensburg State Normal School at Shippensburg, Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1874. He became engaged with his father and brothers in the mercantile and lumber business at Ebensburg, and has been identified with that undertaking ever since. He votes with the Republican party, but does not take an active part in politics.
    He married, November 29, 1881, Katie Bunn, and has one son, Allen A., born December 31, 1882.
    He established and developed the Ivory Hill Coal Mine for Barker Bros. and has had exclusive charge of the operation of the mine of this company, also of the building operations of the firm. He has been the leading spirit in the firm of Barker Bros. and has the reputation of being one of the acutest business men in the community.

    WILLIAM DOUGLAS HAIGHT, M. D. a well known and highly valued physician and surgeon of Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, who has also been identified with many prominent business enterprises, is a representative of one of the oldest families in the United States. Various members of the family have made notable records in the learned professions and in other walks of life. The name has been spelled in a variety of ways.
    (I)  Simon Hoyt, the first of the family of whom we have any definite record, was born about the year 1595.
    (II)  Nicholas Haight, probably the second son of Simon


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