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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 559
and turned his hand to any work that came in his way which seemed a profitable undertaking. He migrated to Illinois, where he lived for a time in Princeton, then returned to Richland township, locating on a small farm. He was engaged in farming work for a number of years, sometimes his own master, at others working for hire, but always gradually and steadily rising. The last farm on which he was engaged was the old Mike Shoup farm, from which he removed to Franklin borough, in 1870, and engaged in mercantile business which he followed for twenty-five years. Later he took his son, Frederick B., into partnership, and the business was conducted under the style of M. Coster & Son until he turned it over altogether to his three sons, who have managed it for the past six years. Mr. Coster is a stanch Republican in politics, has served as school director of Adams township, and is now serving his eighth year as tax collector of Franklin borough. He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Association, and he has held the office of trustee in that body.
    Mr. Coster married, in Princeton, Illinois, May, 1860, Elizabeth Osler, of Richland township, Cambria county, born August 22, 1842, daughter of Daniel and Amelia (Klinger) Osler, and they have had children: 1. Daniel, an engineer on the Pennsylvania railroad, resides in East Conemaugh, married Flora Davis. 2. Frederick B., a merchant of East Conemaugh, married Margaret Headrick. 3. Ephraim, a merchant of East Conemaugh, married Alice Henry. 4. Minnie, married James L. Snowden, of East Conemaugh. 5. Edward, merchant of East Conemaugh, married Elda Peoples. 6. Etta, twin of Edward, married William Capstick, resides in East Conemaugh.

    THE WERTZ FAMILY. This genealogical and biographical notice relates to the Wertz family, to which belongs the brothers, John A. and George M. Wertz, prominent men of the city of Johnstown and Cambria county, Pennsylvania.
    (I) The great-great-grandfather, Jacob Wertz, came from Rotterdam, having lived in Baden. The date of his emigrating was 1732 and the landing place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married and reared at least three sons, John Jacob, George and Conrad. In a short time the family found their way to Franklin county, Pennsylvania.
    (II) Conrad Wertz, son of the American ancestor, Jacob Wertz, was a farmer and also worked at the blacksmith's trade. He married and reared a large family of eight or nine children, including John and Daniel. Daniel was an early settler at Johnstown, where he was a property owner, as his name appears on the tax-list prior to 1800; he then removed to Ohio.
    (III) John Wertz, son of Conrad Wertz, was the grandfather of the present generation at Johnstown; he died at about the age of seventy years. He was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania (then Bedford). He was a blacksmith, wagon-


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