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Mentch, is a carpenter, builder and contractor. In 1884 he went to Altoona, where he was employed for four years in the Pennsylvania car shop. He then moved to Springdale, Allegheny county, and for two years worked at his trade, moving in 1894 to Cresson, where he has since been actively engaged as a contractor and builder. He is now serving as school director. He belongs to Lodge No. 724, I. 0. 0. F., of Cresson, and No. 74, Woodmen of the World, also of Cresson. His political principles are Democratic and he is a member of the Presbyterian church.
Mr. Mentch married, August 22, 1886, Sarah E., daughter of Alexander H. Mahaffey, of Allegheny county, and they have been the parents of the following children: Elinor E., born December 31, 1881, teacher at Cresson. Gertrude V., born February 13, 1889, died November 13, 1905. Thirza M., born February, 14, 1891, died December 24, 1891. May born July 30, 1892. Buren E., born September 19, 1893. Florence M., born October 25, 1895, died March 2, 1896. Homer A., born February 11, 1897. Vernet C., born January 22, 1899. Carrie E., born June 21, 1900. Kenneth H., born July 26, 1902. Merrill L., born December 31, 1904. Marion T., born August 11, 1906.
REUBEN H. OTT, of South Fork borough, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, proprietor of the Lake Hotel of that place, was born November 25, 1857, son of John H Ott. The great-grandfather came from Germany and but little else is known of him. The grandfather was born in Philadelphia in 1800. He was a shoemaker and followed that occupation all his life. At the death of his wife, in 1866, he came to Bedford and spent the remainder of his days with his son, John H. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He married Anna Beal, who came from Germany to Blair county, Pennsylvania, where they were married and reared the following children: Andres, John H., William, David, Daniel, Reuben, Eliza, Angeline.