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Tuesday, 24 Mar 1903
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Contributed by Gordon Grening



Anna Mary, wife of Samuel Mehaffey, died at her home in Hollidaysburg Sunday, aged twenty-seven years. She was a sister of Miss Dolly Zimmerman, of Johnstown, and is survived by her parents, her husband, and two sons. The funeral took place this afternoon.


The Rev. W. H. Lingenfelter, who died at his home in Philipsburg, Center County, Sunday, of heart disease, was a brother of Mrs. Ellen Hopfer, of Portage. He was seventy years old and was a local preacher in the M. E. Church. The funeral took place at Philipsburg this afternoon.


13 Apr 1903
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Miss Margaret E. Connors, daughter of Mrs. Anne Connors, of No. 318 Honan avenue, Fourteenth Ward, died at her home yesterday morning at 7 o'clock, aged about twenty-five years. The funeral will be held from St. Columba's Catholic Church, with interment in Lower Yoder.


Mary F., widow of Frasier harlan, died at her home in Hollidaysburg yesterday, aged sixty-six years. She is survived by eight children, one of them being Mrs. Emma Noel, of Lilly, this county.

Interment will be made in Newry to-morrow.


Tuesday, 14 Apr 1903
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Contributed by Gordon Grening

John Hochstein.

John Hochstein, aged seventy-seven years, died of paralysis at the home of his son, John, No. 948 Franklin street, Eight Ward, at 3 o’clock this morning.

The deceased was a native of Germany, having been born there in 1826, and came to America many years ago. He is survived by his wife, whose maiden names was Christina Schmidt; a daughter, Mrs. Susan Widdersheim, of Akron, O., and three sons—William and Charles, of Lorain, and John, mentioned above. He is also survived by twenty-five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral will take place at 2 o’clock Thursday morning. The Rev. Hugo R. Erdmann, pastor of Zion’s German Lutheran Church, of which the deceased was a member, will conduct the services at the Hochstein home, and interment will be made in Grand-View Cemetery.

Mrs. E. C. Lingenfelter.

Nettie, wife of E. C. Lingenfelter, died at her home on Graham avenue, Windber, about 4 o’clock this morning, of pneumonia, aged twenty-four years. She had been ill for some time.

Mrs. Lingenfelter was born in Blue Knob, Blair County, and was the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Berkheimer, who resides with the Lingenfelter family, they having come from Bedford County to Scalp Level several years ago, later moving over to Windber, where Mr. Lingenfelter conducts a grocery store. Besides her husband and mother, Mrs. Lingenfelter is survived by a four-month-old son and three brothers–Miles and Lloyd Berkheimer, of Windber, and Jacob, of Pavia, Bedford County. Deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church in Scalp Level.

The funeral will take place Thursday, with services in the Lutheran Church in Scalp Level at 10 o’clock, conducted by Pastor L. S. Bush. Interment will be made in the Lutheran Cemetery.


Monday, 25 May 1903
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


The funeral of William McAuliff, of Sulpher Springs, which took place from St. John's Catholic Church Friday morning, with interment at Geistown, was largely attended, among the relatives from out of town who were present being the deceased's aunt, Sister M. Cecelia, of Irwin. The pallbearers were Harry Miltenberger, Joseph O'Connor, Michael Forrest, Chester Miltenberger, Charles and William O'Connor.


Boyd Washington Peterson, aged three months and three days, died this morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Peterson, No. 533 Sherman street, Fifth Ward. Services will be held at the Peterson home at 7 o'clock this evening by the Rev. Dr. Shipman, and the remains will be taken to Jennertown, Somerset County, to-morrow morning for interment.


Friday, 27 Jul 1903
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Oscar Lillia, aged two days, died Saturday afternoon at the Lillia home, No. 210 School place, First Ward, being a son of August and Caroline Lillia. The remains were interred in Sandyvale Cemetery yesterday afternoon.

Eulalia B. Mock, aged almost two years, died of diphtheria at the home of her parents, Charles and Ella Mock, on Plum street, Eleventh Ward, at 3:30 o'clock Saturday morning. The funeral took place this afternoon, with interment in Grand-View Cemetery.


Moses Rodgers, who has been making his home with relatives at Loretto and Benscreek, died at Loretto Tuesday of last week. He was a native of Wales and was aged about fifty-six years. The funeral took place on Thursday, services being conducted by the Revs. G. F. Snyder and G. A. Sheets, after which interment was made in Lillydale Cemetery.


Mrs. Regina Oatman, relict of Dr. J. J. Oatman, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. F. C. Platt, at Gallitzin, July 21st, at 7 p.m. Deceased was born in Ebensburg in 1848, being a daughter of Col. Barnabas McDermott. In 1868 she was married in Ebensburg to Dr. J. J. Oatman of Carrolltown. They resided in Carrolltown, Ebensburg, and Altoona, where the doctor died in January, 1900. Last November, Mrs. Oatman removed with her family to Duquesne. She had been visiting relatives in this county and had been ill for some time. Mrs. Oatman is survived by seven children, on brother, David B. McDermott, of Hollidaysburg, and two sisters - Lavina, wife of F. C. Platt, of Gallitzin, and Miss Alice McDermott, of Altoona.


Friday, 14 Aug 1903
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Twelve Children and Sixteen Grandchildren Make
Merry at the Ancestral Home Near Daley.

The residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Manges, of near Daley Postoffice, Somerset County, was the scene of a merry reunion on Sunday last, when the twelve children and sixteen grandchildren of the happy pair gathered at the old home and made glad the hearts of their parents. The children in the party, with their families were as follows:

Grant, Howard, and R. L. Manges, all of Somerset, with their wives and children; Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Manges, and three children, of Scalp Level; Mrs. George Edmiston, husbant, and daughter, of Windber; Mrs. Mahlon Gindlesperger, husband, and children of Daly; E. M., P. R., F. G., Miss Ida, and Morris Manges, at home; Mrs. J. C. Lambert, with her husband, of Central City; Mrs. Huldah Thomas and children, of the Fifth Ward, Johnstown; Mrs. Lester Lambert, with her husband and children, of the Seventeen Ward, Johnstown; Mrs. Frazier, of Daley; L. B. Manges, of Buckstown.

The family party all enjoyed an excellent time, which was topped with a fine dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Manges received many presents indicating the affection and thoughtfulness of their children, the head of the family being especially well pleased with a nice easy chair.


New Industry Soon to Be in Operation at the County Seat.

Ebensburg Freeman. -- Ebensburg will soon have an up-to-date squab and poultry plant. J. S. Adams, of this place, is busily engaged in erecting the necessary buildings and intends to have his enterprise in running order by at least the first of October. Two buildings have already been erected and one is in course of construction. The brood house and incubator cellar are to be heated with hot water and the plant is to have all the modern improvements. The start will be made with six incubators, having a capacity of 360 eggs each. This part of the plant will be contained in the cellar, which will be constructed in the near future.

For raising squabs, Mr. Adams will have about 800 pairs of homing pigeons of the large variety. The brood house will have a capacity of about 1,100 chicks. Besides this there will be a hennery with about 500 hens for furnishing eggs to meet the fancy winter trade.

Besides furnishing eggs, poultry, and squabs for the local market, Mr. Adams intends doing a large shipping business to the Philadelphia amd Pittsburg markets. When completed Mr. Adams will have about the only plant run upon scientific lines in this locality.


Roy Kauffman was fatally injured on Wednesday of last week at the Anderson Coal Mining Company's works, near Van Ormer. He was rolled between mine cars and side timbers and so badly hurt internally that he died Thursday evening at 8:30 o'clock. He was twenty-four years old and leaves a young widow and a baby.


21 Sep 1903
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Andrew Mangold, who died at his home in Pittsburg recently, of smallpox, aged thirty-five years, formerly lived at Carrolltown, this county. He is survived by his wife, four children, four brothers - Peter, of Carrolltown, John, of Pittsburg; Albert, of St. Mary's, and Aloysius -- and one sister, Mrs. F. J. Thomas of Carroll Township.


ARENTRUE-LEWIS. -- George Arentrue and Miss Edna Lewis, a well-known and popular Morrellville couple, were united in marriage at 8 o'clock Saturday evening at the office of Alderman J. W. Reese, on Market street, that magistrate officiating. The young pair will make their home in the lower part of the city.


Thursday, 8 Oct 1903
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


The new home which the Eight [sic] Ward boys will proudly dedicate next week is one of the handsomest and best appointed to be found in Johnstown or any other city of the same size. It was designed by Architects Boyd & Myton and built by Contractors Heffley & Brubaker, and they evidently omitted nothing that could promote the comford or efficiency of a modern volunteer fire company. The cost, exclusive of the lot, which was purchased from the Fritz esate some years ago for $1,000, was a trifle under $10,000.

The building is of brick, 40 x 60 feet in size. On the lower floor the apparatus room, 28 x 38, occupies the front part, with the hallway, while in the rear are four stalls, feed, and harness rooms. The stable will have cement floor, drinking fountain, heat, ventilation, light, and other features calculated to make a horse glad he is alive once he find his permanent quarters here.


Thursday, 15 Oct 1903
Submitted by June M. Napora


Police Official Says Alleged Liquor Sold on Frankstown Road is Awful Stuff.

The death of William Wallace at the Central Police Station, and the condition of J. W. Snowden and Frank Hawthorn, all of whom were picked up by the police on the Frankstown road recently while suffering from the effects of drugs and "booze," caused a police official to make some remarks concerning the violations of the liquor law on the road outside the city limits and to wonder if nothing could be done to remedy the evil. Said the officer in question:

During the past couple of weeks we have arrested probably half a dozen "rummy" fellows on the Frankstown road, all under the influence of some kind of liquor which makes them nearly crazy. Some of them are dope fiends as well. When these men are brought to the Police Station nearly all see snakes, the man with the poker, and other things of horrid shape, and rave, swear, and make night hideous with their cries. We have to give them liquor at intervals to get them straightened up, and some have to be sent to the hospital, while in many cases doctors are summoned and treat the victims of the hill speakeasies, at the expense of the taxpayers, for the physicians charge $1 a visit, and this class of people rarely have the price to pay for the medical attention themselves.

The stuff can hardly be called liquor, as it seems to be more powerful and pungent than anything sold in the saloons. It is sold in straight bottles and not flasks, and there is never any name blown in the bottle, nor is there any label of any kind. I should not wonder if wood alcohol were used in making this "forty-rod" decoction which seems to make men all but crazy. Many of those picked up in such condition are strangers here and are found groveling in alleys and on the streets, with no sense of location, and are usually in horrible condition when taken in charge.

It would seem as if something ought to be done to check the sale of this so-called liquor, which has the effect of driving men into a delirium and rendering them temporarily insane. The death of Wallace shows that the stuff he was plied with will prove fatal under certain conditions, such as the weakened condition of the system due to irregular habits and the use of drugs.


11 Nov 1903
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


George W. Swanger died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gill, No. 114 Ebensburg road, about 7 o'clock this morning, aged sixty-eight years. Mrs. Swanger died in Blacklog Valley, Huntingdon County, two years ago, and in September of this year Mr. Swanger came to Johnstown to live with his son and daughter. He was a blacksmith by trade, but had not been able to work for some time on account of his sickness, which was Bright's disease. The remains will be taken to Mt. Union on Seashore Express Friday morning for interment at the Point Cemetery. Mr. Swanger is survived by three children -- John G., of No. 1299 Maryland avenue, Eighteenth Ward; Mary J., wife of Daniel Gill, mentioned above; and Martin I., of No. 221 Talbot avenue, Braddock. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren.


SEYMORE-DICK. -- Phillip N. Seymore and Miss Maude Dick, well-known young people of Carrolltown, were married this morning in St. Benedict's Church, Carrolltown, at 8 o'clock. John Shettig, of Ebensburg and Miss Laura Luther, of Carroll Township, were the attendants. Mr. and Mrs. Seymore have left on a short honeymoon, on their return from which they will make their home at Carrolltown, where the bridegroom has a grocery.


13 Nov 1903
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


William S. Suder, aged twenty-five years, six months, and three days, died last evening at the Memorial Hospital, where he had been since Wednesday. His home was at No. 955 Franklin street. The deceased was a native of Shanksville, Somerset County, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Suder, of the Sixth Ward. Mrs. Edward Phipps, of Norristown, who has been in Johnstown for a few weeks is the deceased's only surviving sister. He is survived by his wife, whose maiden name was Nelie Poorbaugh [?]. The funeral will take place from the Suder home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Interment will be made in Grand-View Cemetery.


7 December 1903
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Submitted by Gordon Grening


James Eckels, who died at his home in West Taylor Township Friday night, was born in Huntingdon County June 6, 1863, and was a son of James H. and Maria Seeley Eckels, of the same township. He was a brother of Elizabeth, wife of Edward Bush, and Nannie, wife of David Gordon, of West Taylor Township, and Mrs. Joseph Gilkey, of Morrellville. Besides his parents and sisters, Mr. Eckels is survived by his wife, whose maiden name was Nora Ruth, and a daughter, Miss Rose Eckels. Mr. Eckels was a brakeman on the Cambria railroad a long time ago and had both legs cut off by the cars a few years before the Great Flood of 1889. Since the Flood he had been watchman for the Cambria Company at Laurel Run. The funeral took place at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, when interment was made in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Benshoff Hill.


George Baker, aged about forty-five years, died at 9 o’clock last night at his home in Lower Yoder Township. He had been sick for a fortnight with a complications of diseases. The deceased came to Johnstown about twelve years ago from Pittsburg and had since been employed by the Johnstown Water Company. He is survived by his mother and several brothers living in Pittsburg. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon from the Baker home, interment to be made in Grand-View Cemetery.


Tuesday, 8 Dec 1903
Submitted by Betty Clingman


Long Career, Crowned With Honor and Usefulness, Is Ended


Venerable Citizen Passed To His Reward
This Morning, Death Ensuing From
Old Ade - A Sketch of His Connection
With the Founding of the
Cambria Iron Company -- City Councils
Will Meet to Take Action

The foremost citizen of Johnstown lies dead today after a career of honor and usefulness such as falls to the lot of few men. The Hon. George S. King passed into rest at 5:45 o'clock this morning, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. P. Linton, in the Eighth Ward, having succumbed to the infirmities of old age in his ninety-fifth year. Mr. King reached his ninety-fourth milestone on life's highway on the 28th of last October, and at that time The Tribune noted the failing of his dealth, which had been quite remarkable for one of his years up to a couple of months previously. After that he was compelled to spend a greater part of his time in bed, and lately was confined there altogether. Some two weeks ago his tongue became so paralyzed that he spoke only with difficulty, and other signs indicated the near approach of dissolution. In spite of this, however, Mr. King's mental faculties retained a remarkable clearness until death.

The only one of Mr. King's children with him at the time of his death was Mrs. Linton. The others have been notified by telegraph, and upon their responses will depend the time of the funeral. It is likely, however, this will take place Thursday afternoon, with services by the Rev. Dr. C. C. Hays, of the Presbyterian Church, Mr. King having been an adherent of that denomination. The interment will be in Grand-View beside the remains of Mrs. King, who died in 1890, at Lewistown, Ill., where the couple had made their home since 1868. After her death Mr. King made his home here with Mrs. Linton.

In addition to Mrs. Linton, the surviving children of Mr. King are as follows: Edward K. King, of Philadelphia; Mrs. Mary Goudy, of Kansas; George, of Peoria, Ill.; Otho S., of Mason City, Ill.; Newton C., of Havana, Ill.; Mrs. K. S. Fisher, of Paris, Tex.

Owning to the distinguished and valuable services of Mr. King in his capacity as ironmaster, as Burgess, and as a member of the State Legislature, Mayor Pendry has properly issued a call for a special session of Countils tomorrow evening to take appropriate action on his death and to make arrangements for the representation of the municipality at his funeral.

A Long And Useful Career.

The Tribune has from time to time referred to the part of Mr. King in the founding of the Cambria Iron Company, which made him, beyond all doubt, the greatest benefactor Johnstown has ever known at at this time there is in press, for our approaching Semi-Centennial Edition, a full history of Mr. King's connection with the iron industry which has grown to be the mainstay of this city, and which, without his persistence, might never have been firmly established. That feature of his career will therefore not be enlarged upon here.

Mr. King was born at Hagerstown, Md., and at the age of four years was taken to Mercersburg, Pa., where he was a schoolmate of two younger brothers of James Buchanan, afterward President of the United States, whose father he knew well. At the age of twelve he went to work in a Mercersburg store, at fifteen was manager, and at seventeen owner of the establishment. In 1833 he came to Johnstown and purchased from Abraham Morrison the tract of ground now owned by the Gore and Williams estates on Main Street and by Dowling and Ellis on Franklin Street. On this lot he started a store.

After selling out his store in 1838 Mr. King became convinced that there was iron ore in the hills surrounding Johnstown in quantities sufficient to warrant the erection of a furnace. After several months of active searching in the face of the redicule of many of the people here at that time, he located a deposit and together with John K. and William L. Shryock and David Stewart, he erected the Cambria Furnace, which made its first iron in 1841. Cambria Furnace was followed in 1842 by Millcreek and Benscreek furnaces.

In 1844 Mr. King and Dr. Peter Shoenberger, of Pittsburg (the Carnegie of those days), became equal owners of these three furnaces. In 1846 King & Shoenberger bought Blacklick Furnace from David Stewart and bult another furnace at Sharon, Mercer County.

Mr. King continued in the management of these five furnaces, except for two years spent in Pittsburg, attending to the making of the product, until 1853. The iron produced by these furnaces was hard and unsuitable for use in bars or as castings. Consequently it could not be marketed profitably and became necessary to devise some way of utilizing it more advantageously. After a great deal of discussion, and rather against the judgment of Dr. Shoenberger, it was decided to erect a rolling mill.

In February 1852, Mr. King went east to interest capital in the new enterprise. He did not meet with much encouragement at first, but finally succeeded in indorporating the Cambria Iron Company, with a capital of $1,000,000, and in February 1853, just one year after his first trip east, ground was broken.

The first tail was rolled in 1854. This mill was a money maker from the start, but owning to the failure of the subscribers to take up their stock the company was in constant financial difficulties. In 1855 the mills were rented to Wood, Morrell & Co., who later acquired the stock and franchises of the concern.

Mr. King was elected a member of the Legislature on the Whig ticket in 1855. During his term he interested himself in securing the formation of a new county with Johnstown as the county seat. The bill's adverse interests secceeded in securing a reconsideration the the bill was lost by one vote. Had Mr. King resorted to the use of money, Johnstown would to-day be the county seat of Cambria County.

Mr. King was also extensively interested in real estate in this section. He was also one of the organizers and one of the first Directors of the First National Bank.

In 1868 Mr. King went to Lewistown, Illinois, and was in the real estate and banking business in that State for a number of years, remaining there, as ablve noted, until the death of his wife, who was Eliza McDowell, daughter of Charles McDowell, founder and first editor of the Bedford "Gazette", the oldest newspaper in this part of Pennsylvania.

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