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History of Cambria County, V.3

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 675
which he intended to practice to pass an examination at some college within the limits of that state. Dr. Swank began practice in his home town of Davidsville, remaining until October, 1899, when he removed to East Conemaugh, where he was actively engaged in the duties of his profession until his removal to Elklick.
    In February, 1906, Dr. Swank was elected to the office of justice of the peace of East Conemaugh, an office which may almost be said to he hereditary in his family, members of which have held it at Davidsville well-nigh continuously since 1853, his brother, Elwood L. Swank, being the present incumbent. Dr. Swank belongs to Corona Lodge, No. 999; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of East Conemaugh, Woodmen of the World and the Protective House Circle. He is a stanch Republican. He is a member of the Reformed church, in which, in his home in Somerset county, he held the office of deacon many years.
    Dr. Swank married, at Lovett, Cambria county, January 8, 1895, Emma C., daughter of Lewis and Amanda (Koing) Orris, and their children were: Oscar Paul, born September 25, 1896; James L., born October 15, 1898; Herbert, born March 28, 1901, died April 15, 1902; Howard Henry, born February 28, 1904.

    DAVID W. COULTER. a public-spirited, progressive and influential citizen of Conemaugh, who is serving in the capacity of sheriff of Cambria county, Pennsylvania, is a descendant of an honorable ancestry, and is highly respected and honored in the community in which he resides. He has discharged the duties of his office in a way that has reflected credit upon himself and with entire satisfaction to those he represents.
    The paternal grandfather of David W. Coulter was a native and lifelong resident of Centre county, Pennsylvania, and there his son, William Coulter, father of David W. Coulter, was born in the year 1821. His death occurred in Blair county, Pennsylvania, 1895. His wife, Mary (Walters) Coulter, bore him four children as follows: David see forward. William, who was a member of Battery B, First Pennsylvania Artillery, and was killed in front of Petersburg, in June, 1863. Henry, who also gave his services in defense of his country during the Civil war, and later was engaged in the jewelry trade in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mary M., became the wife of James Simmons, a resident of South Fork, Cambria county, Pennsylvania.
    David W. Coulter was born in Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1841. He was reared on his father's farm, and in the public schools of his native county acquired a practical education. The early years of his life were devoted to agricultural pursuits, he having a through and practical knowledge of farming, but later he gave his attention to a mercantile business at Conemaugh, which he conducted until November, 1894, achieving a large degree of success. At the time of his retirement from business pursuits he was elected sheriff of Cambria county, his incumbency of office being noted for efficiency and faithfulness to duties. Since attaining his majority he has evinced a deep interest in the affairs of the Republican party, and previous to his election to the shrievalty has held various local offices.
    Mr. Coulter also displayed the same patriotic spirit that prompted his brothers to offer their services when their country was in peril, and in August, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Forty-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, popularly known as the Pennsylvania "Bucktails," which originally belonged to the First Corps


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