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married James Crosby; died at Braddock, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1898, aged fifty-nine years. 6. Edwin Horner, living in Martinsburg, Virginia. 7. Watson Horner, married Emma Burkholder, lives in Johnstown. 8. Allison Horner, married Rebecca Clark, lives in Johnstown. 9. Jacob C. Horner, living in Johnstown.
    Jacob C. Homer, youngest son and child of Jacob and Catherine Horner, and great-grandson of Adam Horner, the Cambria county pioneer, was born at Hornerstown, July 26, 1835, and has spent his whole life in the locality where three generations of the family before him have lived, and where some of his children and grandchildren are now living. He was brought up to farm work and attended the common schools of the township. For a time he ran his father's line of canal boats between Johnstown and Pittsburg, and in 1857 went to work as a rail heater in the iron mills of Wood, Morrell & Co., which concern afterward became the Cambria Steel Company. He continued at this employment until 1884, and then retired to give attention to his large personal interests. He undoubtedly is the oldest native of Johnstown now living in that city. In politics Mr. Horner is a Democrat. He served six years as member of the Johnstown borough council previous to the city charter and four years as select councilman after the borough became a city.
    On the 1st of December, 1851, he married Mary Ann Shafer (born September 10, 1837), daughter of Martin and Mary Ann (Kurtz) Shaffer, and granddaughter of the late Judge Kurtz of Somerset county, one of the judges of the circuit court. On the 1st of April, 1858, after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Horner began keeping house in their present home, where they have now lived almost half a century. The disastrous flood of 1889 moved the house from its foundation, but caused no further damage. While the flood was at its greatest height Mr. Horner took refuge on the roof of his house, while his wife and some of their children were lodged in the branches of a large tree. Although all of them escaped death in the awful rush of waters, their situation was perilous in the extreme. Martin Shaffer, father of Mrs. Homer, was a hatter by trade, first at Connellsville and afterward at Somerset, Pennsylvania.
    Children of Jacob C. and Mary Ann (Shaffer) Horner: 1. Eva Belle Horner, born July 13, 1859: married George A. Waters, superintendent National Radiator Works, Johnstown. 2. Dora Catherine Horner, born September 22, 1861; married Alonzo Singer, machinist, lives in Johnstown. 3. Edward Watson Horner, born August 6, 1863; married Lizzie Knepper, lives in Johnstown. 4. Curtis Eldon Horner, born February 11, 1866; married Annie Richardson, lives in Johnstown. 5. Jacob Martin Horner, born April 26, 1865: married Nettie Scott, lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 6. Bertie Ethel Horner, born September 1, 1871; married James Flower, lives in Johnstown. 7. Elda Horner, born February 6, 1874; died in infancy. 8. Otho Ira Horner, born March 8, 1875; married Jennie Dull, now dead; he lives at home. 9. Emory Cleveland Horner, born February 22, 1879; married Emma Harvey, lives in Johnstown.

    WARREN WORTH BAILEY, editor of the Johnstown Democrat, was born in Hendricks county, Indiana, January 8, 1855, the son of Elisha and Elizabeth (Faught) Bailey. The first to represent this family in the United States was one who settled in Virginia at a very early day. He was of Scotch-Irish blood, and his descendants emigrated to

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