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History of Cambria County, V.3

562 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
seph. 6. Lena, married Vincent Herzog, now deceased, and had one child, Edgar.
    Joseph Brotz, eldest child of Pankratz and Lena (Weber) Brotz, was born in Baden, Germany, December 15, 1859. He was but three years of age when he came to the United States with his parents, and his early years were spent in Altoona, Johnstown, and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, his education being acquired in the parochial schools of the last named city. At the age of fifteen years he came to Johnstown, where he sought and found employment with the Cambria Steel Works. He commenced at the very bottom of the ladder, his fist work consisting of wheeling coal to the Spiegel furnace. From this lowly beginning he rose, step by step, rapidly, until he had attained the responsible position of foreman of the Bessemer Department of the Cambria Steel Works, where he held up to the time of his death. His rapid rise to this position was owing to the faithful and conscientious manner in which he discharged even the smallest duty entrusted to his care, and the remarkable executive ability which he displayed on every occasion. He amassed a comfortable fortune, and was the owner of the comfortable and commodious house in which he resided at 5251, Somerset street, which he purchased in 1892, and valuable property in the fifth ward of Johnstown. He was a regular attendant at the services of the English Lutheran church, in whose work he took an active interest, and his political affiliations were with the Republican party. He was a member of Johnstown Lodge, No. 175, Benevolent Protective Order Elks; Johnstown Lodge, No. 157, Knights of Pythias; Germania Quartet Club, Johnstown Turneverein, and the Vigilant Fire Company.
    Mr. Brotz married, June 4, 1882, Kate Myer, born in Johnstown, September 7, 1859, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Fuchs) Myer. Christian Myer was born in Germany in 1823, came to America in 1850, and died in 1886. He was one of the best-known and most successful tailors in Johnstown. His first wife bore him children: William, now deceased, who married Caroline Hoger, and had one son, Charles, a teacher in the Johnstown high school. Elizabeth, married Louis Lucky. Mr. Myers married (second) Elizabeth Fuchs, and they had children: Philip, married Kate Goebert. Kate, married Joseph Brotz, as stated previously. John, married Kate Shaffer. Mary, deceased. Caroline, deceased. Annie, deceased. Christian, unmarried. Louis, married Martha Helfrich. Mr. and Mrs. Brotz had children: Stella, died in infancy. Christian, machinist, in the employ of the Cambria Steel Company, Johnstown. Joseph Brotz died in the Memorial Hospital, February 4, 1907. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Dr. William Alfred Shipman, assisted by the Rev. Hugo R. Erdmann. Interment was in Grand View cemetery.

    CHARLES S. BOYTS was born February 24, 1861, near Somerset, Pennsylvania, on the farm on which his ancestors had resided for generations. Through both his parents he is descended from German progenitors, who were numbered among the pioneers of Somerset county.
    Jonathan Boyts, father of Charles S. Boyts, was born on the farm in Somerset county, and received an ordinary district school education. He was brought up on the homestead and made agriculture his life work. Soon after his marriage he settled on a tract of one hundred and fifty-two acres of meadow land, situated in Somerset township. The on1y building was an old log house to which was attached a barn, also constructed of logs and roofed with straw. He immediately began to clear the land, and


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