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History of Cambria County, V.3

    CHARLES JOSEPH MAYER, ex-treasurer of Cambria county, Pennsylvania, was born July 13, 1858, at Johnstown, son of George and Ursula (Gairing) Mayer. The father was born in Deggingen, Wurtemburg, Germany, February 13, 1828. By trade he was a painter and plasterer. He was a graduate from the state (common) school of his native city, and in politics in this country was Democratic. In religious faith he was a Catholic, being a trustee of Johnstown St. Joseph's church for a period of eighteen years. He died in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1900. He married, in Germany, Ursula Gairing, born May 27, 1830, in the same place in which her husband was born. By this union were born ten children, eight of whom died in infancy, and the surviving were Emily and Charles G. Mayer. Emily, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, became the wife of John M. Spenger; she died January 15, 1898, leaving two children, Cecelia and Agnes. Mr. and Mrs. George Mayer, subject's parents, emigrated from Germany, landing at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Christmas day, 1854. The wife now (1906) is seventy-six years of age, and resides with her son.
    Charles J. Mayer was educated in St. Joseph's parochial and the public schools of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He learned the trade of a sign-writer and painter, which he followed up to 1889, about the date of the great flood. His skill in his trade was well known and appreciated in and around the city of Johnstown. He has various property interests at this date, including being a stockholder in the Johnstown Telephone Company, in which he is a director; the Pittsburg & Johnstown Long Distance Telephone Company, of which he is the treasurer; the United States National Bank, of which he is vice-president. He owns a beautiful home at 1130 Franklin street, Johnstown, including nearly eight acres of land upon which he has made and is still making many substantial improvements. There are few if any more picturesque places than this property. Mr. Mayer is identified with the Democratic party; was elected treasurer of Cambria county in November, 1890, serving until January 1, 1894, and in 1886 he was chairman of the Democratic county committee. In his religious faith he is a Catholic, and a member of St. Joseph's church.
    He was united in marriage, January 18, 1890, to Katherine Spitzbart, the daughter of August and Margaret (Wunderlich) Spitzbart, who were married in Bavaria, Germany, and came to Johnstown in 1854. He was born September 15, 1821; died March 3, 1905. She was born December 26, 1827; died March 5, 1905; both are buried at Johnstown. Mrs. Mayer's father, August Spitzbart, was a private in Company C, Ninety-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Reuben Snavely. The company was engaged before Petersburg, Virginia, during the winter of 1864-65; was also in the battle of Sailor's Creek, Virginia, April 6, 1865, and with General Grant at the surrender of Lee.
    The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Mayer are as follows; all born at Johnstown, Pennsylvania: 1. Hilda Emily, born November 18, 1890. 2. Florence Ida, born March 25, 1892. 3. Eulalia Ursula, born June 11, 1893. 4. Carl Joseph, born February 25, 1895. 5. George Anthony, born April 23, 1897. 6. Clara Rose, born April 27, 1899. 7. Leo Frederick. born June 3, 1901.

    ELMER E. DAVIS, former sheriff of Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and a broker of prominence in the financial circles of Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, is a descendant of good old Welsh stock.

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