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History of Cambria County, V.2

cause of the lack of work. He then engaged in the peddling of oysters, which was a profitable undertaking, as he was the only one engaged in this line of business at the time. He then found employment in the Haws brick yard, a position he held until his enlistment, July 15, 1864, for one hundred days, as a private in Company F, One Hundred and Ninety-fourth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Captain William R. Jones commanding. He was discharged in order to re-enlist for a period of one year, in the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was an active participant in several of the battles, and was shot through the leg at the battle of Fredericksburg, and was sent to the hospital at Washington, District of Columbia. While lying in the hospital, Mrs. Lincoln, wife of the president, made a round of visits, stopped at the bedside of each wounded soldier, and asked what he would like best to have, as it would be granted. When she asked Mr. McElcarr he answered that he would very much like to dine with her and the president when he was sufficiently recovered to do so. Mrs. Lincoln assured him his request would be granted, and, when he was able to leave the hospital he was invited to dine with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Upon the close of the war Mr. McElcarr returned to his home and entered the employ of the Haws Brick Company, working in the cement mill. After a time he established himself in the teaming business in Johnstown, an occupation he followed continuously until his death, which occurred under tragic circumstances, at Blairsville Intersection. He was returning from a reunion of boatmen when he was run over and killed by a train. His remains were interred in Grand View cemetery. He was a lifelong Republican, a devout Christian, and a member of the Presbyterian church. He was also a member of Fisher Post, No. 30, Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. McElcarr married, May 11, 1866, Lucinda Rimebolt, born in Christine street, Cambria City, Pennsylvania, October 2, 1844, daughter of George and Catherine Rimebolt, both natives of Germany. The children of Mr. And Mrs. McElcarr were: 1. Lizzie, born June 17, 1867, married McClellan Greenwood, and resides in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 2. William G., born February 2, 1870, resides at home. 3. James How, born October 26, 1871, died in infancy. 4. John, died in infancy. 5. Ella, died in infancy. 6. Jane, married James Pountney, of Johnstown. 7. Ella, married Edward Leever, of Johnstown. 8. George, born March 3, 1882, attended the public schools until 1900, and then worked for his father for one year. He then enlisted, Mary 14, 1901, in Troop R, Twelfth United States Cavalry, for three years' service. He re-enlisted before this time had expired for active service in the Philippines, served two years and fifteen days of this time, and then again re-enlisted for three months, and was sent to Fort Clark, Texas. He returned to his home in Johnstown, April 3, 1906.

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