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History of Cambria County, V.3

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 235
ards of the Society full fifty years, and for twenty-five years was leader of the church choir.
    William C. Lewis married, September 23, 1847, Catherine Swegler, daughter of John Swegler, and sister of Captain John S. Swegler. Of this marriage one son has been born--William J. Lewis, cashier of The Farmers' and Producers' National Bank at Scio, Ohio.

    JOHN K. BOLE, superintendent and manager of the Citizens' Coal Company of Johnstown, who stands high in the industrial history of Cambria county, is a typical representative of that sturdy American citizenship whose brain and brawn have made western Pennsylvania the most noted iron and coal producing section in the world. He was born in Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, July 15, 1871, a son of Isaac and Christina (Goughnour) Bole, and grandson of David and Elizabeth (Shaffer) Bole.
    David Bole (grandfather) was born October 17, 1799, died 1872; his wife, Elizabeth (Shaffer) Bole, was born October 17, 1790, died 1883. They were the parents of ten children--seven sons and three daughters. The descendants of this couple now (1906) number eighty grandchildren and ninety-three great-grandchildren.
    Isaac Bole (father), born July 24, 1835, has been actively engaged in business throughout his career. He married, September 23, 1856, Christina Goughnour, born April 12, 1835. Their children were: Daniel J., married Mary Beck, deceased; David R., married Anna Allison; Margaret, married Harry Dewitt; Catherine, married James Shear; Benjamin F., married Annie McCartney; Elizabeth, married William J. Kuntz; Mary, deceased; John K., see forward; Zona, deceased; Newton, married Lena Bitzner; Hilda, deceased; and Harry, unmarried.
    Among the Alps of Switzerland the progenitors of the American branch of the Goughnour family, of which Christina (Goughnour) Bole was a representative, were born and reared, and when they gave up the old republic for the new one about to come into being on this side of the Atlantic, they were endowed with a sturdiness and strength which was not too common even in that day. The first to come to this country were Jacob and Mary (Sheetz) Goughnour, who were natives of Canton Basil, in Switzerland, where they were married in the latter half of the eighteenth century. They arrived in America some years before the commencement of the Revolutionary war, and several children were born to them in this country previous to 1772. They were a deeply religious couple, and perhaps it was this bent of their minds which attracted them to a place called New Jerusalem, near Hagerstown, Maryland. Here many children were born to them. The names of their children were: Daniel, Christian, Joseph, David, Mary, Isaac, Jacob, Abraham, Elizabeth and Peter. Jacob Goughnour was a tailor by trade, and this he followed successfully. He was a member of the German Baptist or Dunkard sect of Christians.
    Daniel Goughnour, son of Jacob and Mary (Sheetz) Goughnour, was born in 1773. He was brought up to a mechanical trade, but after settling in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, 1800, devoted his time principally to farming. He located on what is now known variously as Coshun's and Cover's hill, to the east and overlooking Johnstown. In 1818 he purchased from the state the whole of the summit of Green Hill, which up to that time bad been considered worthless. This he cleared, and for ten years produced upon it fine crops of wheat and corn. Being a blacksmith by trade he invented the first hillside plow, upon which he was granted a patent, and the Goughnour plow held the estimation of the mountain


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