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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 529
sistant superintendent of the works under Superintendent John Maloney. After holding that position less than two years he became superintendent, and is still serving in that capacity. In 1902 the plant of the Basic Brick Works passed under the control of the Harbison & Walker Refractories Company, a Pittsburg concern, or syndicate, which has acquired over ninety per cent of the silica brick works and practically all of the magnesite brick plants in the country. The works in Johnstown, of which Mr. Griffith is superintendent, employ about two hundred and fifty men and have a capacity of about fifty thousand bricks per day. The product is largely used in furnaces in glass and steel works. Besides his position of superintendent of the company just mentioned, Mr. Griffith also is identified with the operation and is treasurer of the Citizens' Merchandise Company of Johnstown, which was incorporated with a capital of fifteen thousand dollars in September, 1905. The other officers of the company are W. G. S. Robertson, president; W. F. Patch, vice-president; Robert G. Griffith, secretary. The company store is at Morrellville, which is included in the Nineteenth and Twentieth wards of the city of Johnstown.
    George W. Griffith married, May 21, 1899, Emma Bell Smucker, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Nepper) Smucker, of Jenner township. Four children have been born of this marriage, viz: Homer Franklin, born April 23, 1900; Dwight Roberts, born August 31, 1901; Margaret May, born September 15, 1903, died April 28, 1904; Joseph Smucker, born May 31, 1905.

    DR. JOSEPH COVODE, during the period of his long professional career in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was one of the leading physicians of the region in which he practiced and one of the most widely known medical practitioners of that county. He was the youngest of seven children of Jacob and Anna (Updegrave) Covode, and the grandson of Garrett Covode, the ancestor of the family in America. Garrett Covode came to this country previous to the Revolutionary war, and under circumstances as unusual as they were interesting. It is well to mention in this connection, however, that Covode is an adopted surname, and was given to young Garrett by the captain of the vessel on which he was brought to America; the correct surname is unknown.
    Garrett Covode was a native of Amsterdam, Holland, and when a small boy was kidnapped in the streets of that city by a sea captain and by him was brought to Philadelphia, where, under the then existing laws, he was sold into bondage as a “Redemptioner.” As such at one time he was a servitor in the household of General Washington, and after coming to manhood he settled first in York county, Pennsylvania, and afterward removed to Westmoreland county, where he died in 1826, having attained the remarkable age of ninety-four years.


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