Free and Accepted Masons: Portage Chapter, No. 195, R. A. M.; Oriental Commandery, No. 61, K. T.; Altoona Consistory; Altoona Shrine, Jaffa Temple; Alma Lodge, No. 528, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Mineral Lodge, No. 196, Knights of Pythias; Woodmen of the World; and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, No. 175, of Johnstown.
He married, September, 1894, Mary Dangues, daughter of August and Amelia (Shearer) Dangues, and sister of Henry; Elizabeth, Emma (Mrs. Fielder), and Amelia (Mrs. Charles Grebeck). Ex-mayor and Mary (Dangues) Pendry had two children, Mary and Margaret; both deceased.
THOMAS A. CLINGER, of Johnstown, who has been for nearly forty years associated with the Cambria Steel Company, was born February 3, 1855, in what is now Millville, Johnstown, son of John Clinger, Jr., and grandson of John Clinger, Sr., the latter a native of Germany.
John Clinger, Jr., was born in 1824, in Johnstown, and for many years was employed as a heater by the Cambria Iron Company. He also followed the calling of a teamster, and it is related of him that he hauled with his own team to the basin where it was to be shipped the first iron rail manufactured by the Cambria Iron Company. John Clinger married Rebecca Lege, and their children were: Margaret, deceased. Sydney, also deceased, was wife of Aaron Homer, children: Sadie, Alona, Edward, deceased; John, James and Elizabeth. James, deceased, married (first) Susan MacKeely, (second) Elizabeth Stull; children by first marriage: John and Thomas, by second, William, John, Mary, and Bella, deceased. Thomas A., of whom later. Mary, wife of Franklin Speicher, children: Margaret, deceased; Edward, Frank, George and Viola. George, died young. Sarah, married (first) Lincoln Skeil, (second) G. A. McCune; children by first marriage, Lottie and John. Bella, wife of William Rhoads, children; Edward, Sadie, William, Ralph and an infant.
Thomas A. Clinger, son of John and Rebecca (Lege) Clinger, received his education in the public schools of Johnstown, and in 1868 began his business career by carrying water for the men at the old rail mill at the Cambria steel works. He has served in all capacities, and now holds the position of stockman in the plate department. The year after his marriage he moved to Dale borough and purchased the land on which he erected the residence which has since been his home. He is a member of the German Baptist church.
Mr. Clinger married, June 25, 1876, Annie L., daughter of Samuel J. and Hannah (Varner) Horner. (The genealogy of the Horner family is given elsewhere in this work.) Mr. and Mrs. Clinger have had the following children: Laura G., born April 21, 1879, wife of J. F. Dull, children, Maurice, Walter and Ruth. Edith, born March 13, 1881. Cora H. C., born April 7, 1883, wife of Ira Musser, children; Hayden and Martha. Aurilla A., born August 22, 1885, deceased. Lemon W., born August 23, 1887, also deceased. Jessie June, born June 25, 1889. Elizabeth Rebecca, born September 14, 1891. Leah Corrella, born September 27, 1893. Annie Ethel, born September 12, 1896.
PATRICK CONNELLY, the leading merchant of the fourteenth ward in Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and who has been closely identified with the interests of the city in many ways, owes his present important position in the commercial world entirely to his own