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first the public schools of his native city, and then the Indiana State Normal School, where he was prepared for entrance to Princeton University, where he matriculated in 1898, and was graduated with honors in 1902. He then became a student at the Dickinson Law School at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, completed his law studies there in three years, and was admitted to the bar of Cambria county, December, 1905. He immediately began the active practice of his profession. The normal course of his studies was interrupted before entering Princeton University, when he followed the profession of teaching for some years. He taught in the Blairsville high school in Johnstown, was principal of the seventh ward school for one year, and principal of the Somerset street school for another year. Mr. Barnhart is taking an important place in the councils of the Republican party, and was nominated by that body for office. He was elected to membership in the state legislature, November 6, 1906, from the first district of Cambria county, which includes the city of Johnstown. Mr. Barnhart is a young man of much promise and energy, a fluent speaker, a logical reasoner, and a brilliant future is prophesied for him.
BOSTERT FAMILY. Gustav J. And Frank A. Bostert, prominent residents of Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, are members of a family which has been closely identified with the commercial, financial and social life of the city for several generations, and whose ancestry is traced to Germany.
David Bostert, the American ancestor of this family, was a native of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and came to America with his wife about the year 1849. His death occurred in his residence on Main Street, in the fourth ward, in 1853. He married, in Germany, Elizabeth Zecher, who died in Center street, in 1886. They had children: Margaret, deceased. Mary, married William R. Shaffer, and died a number of years ago. Gustav, see forward.
Gustav Bostert, son of David and Elizabeth (Zecher) Bostert, was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, February 5, 1841, and was eight years of age when he came to this country with his parents. His education was obtained in the public schools, he attending the sessions in the little schoolhouse at the head of Main street. Among his teachers was Mrs. Charlotte Canan, widow of Dr. I. C. Pershing, now of Wilkinsburg. Practically the entire life of Mr. Bostert was spent in Johnstown. He learned the trade of tanning in the tannery of Jacob C. Levergood, in Bedford street, and remained in his employ for a period of twenty-two years. He than bought out the interest of Charles L. Tittle in the feed firm of Tittle & Dopp, and the firm of Dopp & Bostert existed for several years, when Charles Dopp, who was a brother-in-law of Mr. Bostert, sold his interest to his partner and went to Kansas. The business was conducted for a time in the Fronheiser property at the corner of Railroad