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children are Bert; Clinton P.; Anna; Esther; and Charles, deceased. 3. Ella, married Joseph Karr, a contractor and builder living in Virginia. 4. Sadie. married Joseph Barlo, superintendent of coal mines in Virginia, McDonald county. 5. Mary, resides with her parents. 6. George I., resides at home, is employed in the grist mill of his father. Their mill is situated on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad which gives them the best shipping facilities, enabling them to fill all orders promptly.

    DAVID S. BURKHART, justice of the peace at Morrellville, and an active Republican in political affairs, was born on the homestead farm in Jackson township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, January 11, 1859, son of Philip and Mollie (Shoemaker) Burkhart, respectively of Scotch and German descent.
    His paternal grandfather, Joseph Burkhart, was a lifelong resident and successful farmer of Jackson township, in which he owned a farm containing a large vein of cannel coal, then quite valuable. This farm was bought for $31,000 by a prospective mining company that failed, and it was taken back by Mr. Burkhart, who resided upon it until his death at eighty-one years of age. Joseph Burkhart was a member of the Brethren church, a Republican, and a music teacher. He was twice married. His first wife died at sixty-three years of age, leaving a family of five sons and six daughters. By his second wife, who is still living, he had one child, a daughter. Of the five sons by the first marriage, Philip was the father of Squire Burkhart, whose name appears at the head of this sketch.
    Philip Burkhart was born on the home farm, received his education in the schools of his neighborhood, and then followed farming and teaming as his lines of special business. He was an active Republican, like his father, and, like his father, would never accept an office. He was an active church worker. He married Mollie Shoemaker, a daughter of Jacob Shoemaker. To their union were born four children: Samuel, a confectioner in Johnstown; David S.; Frank, engaged in the butchering business; and James, who died in infancy. Mrs. Burkhart comes of a family noted for its longevity, her grandmother living to be ninety-three years, and her great-grandmother dying at one hundred and two years of age.
    David S. Burkhart grew to manhood on the old homestead farm in Jackson township, where he received his education in the public schools. Upon attaining his majority he left the farm and farm pursuits to enter the employ of the Cambria Iron Company, for which he worked for several years, at Johnstown. Then the Pennsylvania oil field became to him, as to hundreds of others at the same time, an inviting field for labor, and he removed to McKean county, but not finding sufficient inducements in the oil business there, he learned the trade of barber. Two years later he returned to Johnstown, and after working in the mills of the Cambria Iron Company for one year, he opened, at Rosedale a general mercantile store, which he sold in 1886 to the late Eli Rodgers. In the same year he came to Morrellville, where he opened up his present barbering establishment. Mr. Burkhart is a member of the Brethren church. In political opinion he has always been a staunch and working Republican, who believes in the principles of the party as enunciated by Lincoln, Grant and Harrison. In success and through adversity Mr. Burkhart has always been a Republican, and has always yielded unswerving allegiance to his party. In 1894 his ward elected him as justice of the peace, but technical difficulties, unforeseen, and hence unprovided

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