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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 553
public-spirited citizen. He is a member of Summit Lodge, No. 312, F. and A. M., of Ebensburg, and Johnstown Lodge, No. 175, B. P. O. E. Mr. Griffith is director of First National Bank of Ebensburg.
    Mr. Griffith married, November 28, 1893, Alice Zahm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. K. Zahm, who are of an old highly respected family of Ebensburg. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith are the parents of two children: George W. and Thomas F.

    JOSEPH W. MATTHEWS, for many years identified with the iron and steel industry in the state of Pennsylvania, a veteran of the civil war, who saw more than an ordinary share of active service, is a member of a family which settled in Pennsylvania many years ago.
    Jesse Matthews, father of Joseph W. Matthews, was born at Newton Hamilton, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, and died at the age of sixty-nine years. He was a farmer by occupation. He was one of ten children: Jesse, Sophia, Amelia, Sarah, Tillie, Catherine, William, George, Joseph and Reed, of whom Jesse, Amelia, Tillie and Reed are the only ones now (1906) living. He married Catherine Wagner, who died in 1844, and was one of four children. Their children were: Joseph W., see forward; Susan, Minnie, John, deceased; Sarah, Lillie, Mary, Mamie, William, deceased; Samuel, and Edward.
    Joseph W. Matthews, son of Jesse and Catherine (Wagner) Matthews, was born in Union Furnace, below Spruce Creek, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, July 21, 1842. His school education was very limited, as, all told, he only attended school about eighteen months. His occupation is that of engineer, and for forty-five years he has had charge of a stationary engine for the following companies: The Cambria Iron Company for about ten years, and the Carnegie Steel Company of Braddock, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, for about thirty years. He retired from active work in 1904. He attends services at the United Brethren church. He is a member of Major A. M. Harper Post. No. 181, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Maccabees. He responded to the first call of his country to serve in her defence, and the record of his career during the progress of the civil war is as follows: He enlisted from Cambria county, Pennsylvania, to serve three months, and was mustered into the United States' service April 20, 1861, at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as a private in Captain John P. Suter's company K. Third Regiment Infantry, Pennsylvania Volunteers, Colonel Francis P. Minier commanding. His regiment was one of the first organized to answer Lincoln's call for volunteers at the outbreak of the war, Companies G and K being the first companies of soldiers to occupy Camp Curtin, arriving April 18. The regiment was composed of independent volunteer companies, organized and existing before the war. It was organized and mustered into the serv-


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