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quired in the public schools of his native township, and until he had attained the age of eighteen years he assisted his father in the cultivation of the home farm. He was then apprenticed to learn the trade of mill-wrighting with Charles Shank, and followed this occupation for three years. He then established himself in business at Stoyestown, where he was a general contractor and builder and in addition an undertaker. For some time he had associated with him in business Charles Pugh, but upon the dissolution of this partnership he continued the business very successfully alone for a period of six years. He was then for three years in the employ of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, as foreman of the construction train. He removed to Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, in 1888, and accepted a position with the Johnson Iron Company at Moxham, remaining with them for about nine years and resigning his position in order to establish himself in the ice cream and confectionery business. This he has conducted very profitably since that time at No. 763 Somerset street, and is recognized as one of the thoroughly reliable business men of the city. He has always been a staunch supporter of the principles of the Republican party, and has been an active worker in its interests in his ward. While residing in Stoyestown he filled very efficiently the offices of school director and member of the common council. He is a member of the United Evangelical church, and he and the members of his family are regular attendants.
He married, February 8, 1874, Catherine Escherich, born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1856, daughter of Peter and Catherine (Zimmerman) Escherich, and she is an active worker in the cause of religion as a member of the Ladies' Aid Society of the United Evangelical church. Mr. And Mrs. Sipe have had children: Lilly Viola, born December 12, 1874, died January 8, 1883. Mitchell B., born October 3, 1876, married Annie Meyers. James L., born May 30, 1879, died June 6, 1879. Charles C., born May 17, 1880, married Celia Spangler, and has one child, Helen C. Stewart R., born November 22, 1882.
FRANK P. BARNHART, one of the rising young lawyers of Johnstown. Cambria county, Pennsylvania, whose commodious offices are located in the Swank building in that city, is a descendant of one of the old families of the state.
(I) David Barnhart, great-grandfather of Frank P. Barnhart, was born in Quemahoning township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. He there followed the occupation of farming and was the owner of a considerable tract of land, which became the family homestead. He married _____Coker.
(II) Michael Barnhart, son of David (1) and _____ (Coker) Barnhart, was born on the Barnhart homestead in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, March 11, 1809. He also fol-