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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 557
he discharged with ability in addition to cultivating the farm. His interest in educational matters continued unabated until his death, which occurred in Johnstown, November 19, 1869. For many years he filled the office of school director for that section, and many improvements were made in the system as a result of his counsels. He sold his farm in March, 1869, and removed with his family to Johnstown, where he associated himself in business with Judge M. W. Keim, conducting a general merchandise store and operating a tannery. These were both in a very flourishing condition when death suddenly cut short the earthly career of Mr. Cobaugh. He was a loving husband, a devoted father, a faithful friend, and an honored and useful member of the community, and his death was deeply and sincerely regretted. His political affiliations were with the Republican party, to which he gave his conscientious support.
    Mr. Cobaugh married Susan Berkey, daughter of Peter and Sarah (Wolford) Berkey, of Somerset county. Peter Berkey was a son of Jacob and Barbara Berkey, who had children: Peter, Tobias, John, who has a son Peter, who is a prominent citizen and millionaire of St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Cobaugh had four children: Peter A., Sarah J., Hannah B. and Paul J. Peter and Hannah are deceased.

    ABRAHAM COSTER, deceased, was one of the most prominent citizens of Franklin borough. He was born in Conemaugh township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, on the old homestead, November, 1850, son of Ephraim Coster, who resided at the old homestead to within one year of his death. Abraham Coster died in East Conemaugh borough, in the spring of 1903. He was educated in the public schools of his native township and remained at home until he was twenty-nine years of age, when he came to Franklin borough and established a general merchandise store which he continued to conduct with much success until about 1899, when he retired from active life on the score of failing health.
    He was united in marriage, November 16, 1886, to Mary Paul, who survived him. She was born in Richland township, Cambria county, and after the death of her mother, which occurred when she was but three years old, her father married again and moved to Indiana county, but she soon returned to Cambria county and lived there until her marriage. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Coster were: Stella May, at home; Irving, at home; Cora; Edith Viola and Elmer.
    Mr. Coster was generally conceded to be one of Franklin's most liberal citizens and full of public spirit. Besides holding nearly all the offices at various times, he was deeply interested in all local enterprise, being at the time of his death treasurer of the Conemaugh Water Company and a heavy stockholder in other local organizations. Politically he was a Republican.
    Jacob Paul, father of Mrs. Coster, was born in Cambria


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