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History of Cambria County, V.2

546 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
of East Conemaugh, daughter of George Oatman, deceased, a former register and recorder of Cambria county.
    Frank A. Bostert, son of Gustav and Henrietta (Dopp) Bostert, was born in the old home in Bedford street, Johnstown, December 3, 1879. He attended the public and high schools of the city, and was graduated from the latter with honor in the class of 1899. He then accepted a position as clerk in the office of the Cambria Steel Company, where his faithful and conscientious services were duly appreciated for a period of seven years. After the death of his father it became desirable that he should enter the business which the latter had founded.
    Mr. Bostert is a member of the Lutheran church, and in politics has decidedly independent opinions. He married, July 19, 1905, Dorothy Leventry, daughter of Henry F. Leventry, of Johnstown.

    JACOB A FRONHEISER, a graduate of Cornell College, class of 1900, receiving the degree of LL. B., was born in Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, April 30, 1879. He is a son of James J. And Catherine (Vowinckle) Fronheiser, and grandson of Jacob and Catharine (Meyer) Fronheiser.
    Jacob Fronheiser (grandfather) was born in Biedenkopf, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, October 8, 1814, died in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1894, aged seventy-nine years, four months and one day. He was reared and educated in his native land, and in 1832 crossed the Atlantic to seek a home in the new world. He landed in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, where he learned the trade of a baker, and upon the completion of his apprenticeship took up his residence in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where for two years he served as journeyman in the employ of Mrs. Pershing. He then purchased a small tract of land on what was known as “The Island,” here built a small oven and store-room and commenced the bakery business on his own account. He was successful in this undertaking, which he followed for about eight years, and at the expiration of this period of time he branched out in the mercantile business, renting a store-room on the corner of Main and Clinton streets, where he conducted a general mercantile trade, furnishing supplies for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. The capital accumulated in his business he invested in real estate, from which he realized a handsome profit, and the latter years of his life were devoted to speculations in realty. He built a brick block on the corner of Clinton and Railroad streets, which was destroyed by the great flood of 1889. In this building was located Fronheiser's Hall, then the most popular hall for theatrical performances in the town. This property was later exchanged for what is now known as the Merchants' hotel property. He was a German Lutheran in religion, and a Democrat in politics.
    Jacob Fronheiser married Catharine Meyer, who bore him the following named children: 1. Elizabeth, died at the age of


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