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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 551
cantile or manufacturing pursuits; and experience has demonstrated that the management of a base ball association is not a pastime. In the affairs of the Johnstown association the president and secretary constitute the responsible head of the organization, and during his connection with the association Mr. Blough as secretary has borne the burden of that work.
    Like his father, Mr. Blough is a prominent figure in Johnstown musical circles. He is a member of Germania Quartette, Penwood Club, Johnstown Aerie, No. 778, of Eagles, and in politics is a Republican. He is not married and lives with his mother in a comfortable home in the Seventeen ward of the city.

    WEBSTER GRIFFITH, lumberman, merchant and capitalist, of the borough of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, was born in Ebensburg, June 5, 1860, son of Thomas and Mary (Davis) Griffith: he is one of the six in his parents' family, two of whom only are living: Anna E., widow of Frank A. Lyte, of Kane, Pennsylvania, and Webster Griffith.
    Thomas Griffith, the father, was of Welsh descent, whose father, Griffith Griffith, came from Wales with his parents. William and Jane G. Griffith, about the year 1805 or 1806, when twelve or thirteen years of age. They located on the Little Conemaugh, about three miles south of Ebensburg, and there followed the trade of carding and fulling, while Griffith grew to manhood. In 1816 he married Hannah Reese, a daughter of one of the early Welsh settlers. By this marriage eight children were born, among whom was Thomas, the father of Webster Griffith, who was born October 20, 1818. When he was about two years old, his parents purchased land and erected a carding mill and fulling mill on the Little Conemaugh, a half mile south of Ebensburg; here he continued to live over fifty years, moving into Ebensburg in 1876, where he lived fourteen years, and died January 5, 1890. During his early years he worked hard, assisting his father at his trade. His educational advantages were very meager, he never having attended school over three months. By far the best part of his mental training was obtained by self-study and business experience. When he reached man's estate he, with a brother, purchased the farm, including the carding mill and water-power saw mill from their father, and continued in that line until the death of his brother. He soon turned his attention exclusively to the saw mill. He began business more than a half century ago, in a small way, when the facilities for the cutting of lumber were in a crude state, but lived to see the great transformation in this line of industry, he not being slow to introduce new and improved methods. His motto was “upward and onward.” At the time of his death he ranked among the foremost lumberman of Pennsylvania, having saw mills in Cambria, McKean and Elk counties, and was perhaps the most extensive cherry lumber dealer in the whole state. For twelve years he operated a retail yard in the city of Philadelphia. Later


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