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CAMBRIA COUNTY, PA
Well-Known Resident of Pringle Hill, Near Wilmore,
Saturday, February 2, being the 87th birthday anniversary of Mrs. Anna Dopp, all of her children, six daughters and two sons, gathered at the old homestead at Pringle Hill, near Wilmore, to celebrate the occasion. Mrs. Dopp is enjoying very good health for one so far advanced in years and makes her home with her youngest son, G. Edward Dopp, who farms the homestead, where the entire family was born and raised. Her children all reside in Cambria County.
Mrs. Dopp's husband, George Dopp, died October 18, 1919, aged 88 years. Her daughters, Mrs. Maltzie, Mrs. Vanasdlen and Mrs. L. Z. Bloom, all of Johnstown, Mrs. Seaman, of Summerhill; Mrs. O. C. Sickles of Wilmore; Mrs. Fleck of Conemaugh; and Lewis Dopp, of Pringle Hill, attended the birthday affair. Miss Amelia Bostert and Mrs. Elizabeth Ott, of Johnstown, nieces of Mrs. Dopp, were also present. Mrs. Skyles and Mrs. Schryock, of Wilmore, were present.
G. Edward Dopp and wife and children, Mabel, Ruth, Hazel, and G. Edward, Jr., and George Sickles, all of Wilmore, were also present.
The birthday dinner was prepared by Mrs. G. Edwad Dopp and Mrs. O. C. Sickles. A large cake, decorated with 87 candles, was placed in the center of the dinner table. It has been a custom of the family to assemble at the old homestead each year on this date and enjoy the day with the aged mother. Mrs. Maltzie is the oldest of the children and on this occasion gave a very pleasant talk that was enjoyed by all present. The guests all remained over night, returning to their homes on Sunday afternoon wishing their mother [article cut off]
Abraham Byers, of Rochester, N.Y., Tells of Father's Migration in 1852
Abraham Byers, a former resident of this county, now residing at 42 Spencer Road, Rochester, N.Y., has furnished an interesting account of a trip made by William Byers and his wife Rachel Byers, in April 1852, with their five sons. The original homestead stood just below where is now located the Hinckston Run Dam. It was then located in Conemaugh Township. The family's trip to the new home in Jackson Township was about seven miles. In the three wagons were the household goods and behind them on foot were the five sons. William Byers had purchased 80 acres of woodland from E. A. Vickroy in 1848. Abraham Byers' story follows:
About April 1, 1852, William Byers erected on it a one and a half story house of logs, hewn on two sides with the cracks between chinked with wood and daubed with mud, and we moved into it on April 23.
The men who moved us were Capt. John Strayer, Ephraim Gouchnour, and Dave Cobaugh.
After getting settled, we commenced to clear off the land, and it was "some job," as it was heavily timbered.
For the first seven years we did most of our teamwork with our team of oxen bought from "Old Jake Strayer" who lived near Cambria Furnace, oxen being the best for "clearing" and plowing new ground for reason of their simple harness.
For the first few years we boys were not able to make full hands for the harvest work, as I was the oldest and I was only nine years old, but the neighbors worked back and forth for each other.
Our father would take his ox team and roll logs a day for a neighbor, who in return would come and work for us two days or, bring another man and work one day, and let me tell you they were not eight-hour days either. It required four or five men and a team for a good crew to pile logs.
Along about nine o'clock some one of the crew would come to me and say, "Here, Abe, is ten cents to pay for a quart of whisky. Go over to 'Old Tommy Jones" and get us a quart." And of course I went.
"Old Tommy" was our nearest neighbor and always had a barrel in his cellar. All this was before the Civil War.
Like Boone, of Kentucky, said, "I sigh for the good old times." When I think back to when every stream in the neighborhood was full of speckled trout, and woods full of game such as squirrels, pheasants, wild turkeys, and flocks of wild pigeons.
The rapturous moments I spent in those lonely rambles through the woods with a rifle in my hands, or along a fine trout stream with a hook and line would cause all other pleasure to fade into insignificance.
My father paid $310 for the 80 acres of land. Money he earned cutting cord-wood at Old Cambria Furnace, some as low as 37 1/2 cents per cord, half cash.
I could relate many amusing incidents, but do not wish to lose my readers. Three of the five brothers are living. George, of Mineral Point; Sam, a retired P.R.R. conductor, of Third street, Conemaugh, and myself. Benjamin died nearly five years ago at Spring Street, Morrellville. John died in Kansas in 1874.