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Obituaries formerly listed on this webpage can now be found in the Cambria County Obituary Index.


13 Jan 1913
Contributed by Lynne Canterbury

John Masefield is writing good narrative poetry, and it doesn't seem to occur to him that narratives should be in prose.


From a Staff Correspondent.

Ebensburg, Jan. 13. -- Miss Hattie Humphreys, of this place, of this place, who was recently operated on at St. Agnes Hospital, Philadelphia, is rapidly recovering.

Miss Emma Tibbot, of this place, is visiting the family of George Hetier, in Altoona.

Miss Bessie Shoemaker, of Ebensburg, is a guest of relatives in Pittsburgh.

The Rev. Father Harkins, of Johnstown, officiated at the masses in Holy Name Catholic Church here yesterday, in the absence of the Rev. Father H. M. O'Neill, who is in Pittsburg and who will visit in Wilmington, Del., before returning to Ebensburg.

George Evans, of Altoona, spent Sunday in Ebensburg with his mother, Mrs. John J. Evans.

Miss Evelyn Parrish has returned to Coatesville following a visit of three weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Parrish, of this place.

John L. Elder, jr., is home from a week's business trip to Allentown and New York City.

Misses Hattie and Camilla Pruner were in Johnstown Saturday.

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Loretto, Jan. 13. -- Dr. John Murphy and Mrs. Murphy will leave tomorrow for Atlanta, Ga., where tey will remain until April. They have not decided whether they will sell their Loretto property. They may not return to Loretto.


Evangelist John Muir will speak this evening in the United Evangelical Church, Moxham, on "The Three Specific Sins Against the Holy Ghost," and will sing "The Saved Coal Miner's Song." He delivered an address to a crowded house last evening and sant two solos, "Jim and Me" and "The Sinner and the Song."


The Entertainment Committee of the Germania Quartet Club has completed arrangements for a euchre and dance to be held in the rooms in the Ruth block tomorrow evening. It will be for members and friends. Attractive prizes for both ladies and gentlemen will be awarded. The committee consists of the Messrs. Tadejeski, Gustav Jahn, Harry Trapp, Fred Hoffman, and Joseph Byer.


The members of the Johnstown Ministerial Association held a devotional service this morning in the lecture room of the first Presbyterian Church in charge of the Rev. D. L. Yoder, pastor of the Derby-street United Evangelical Church. The Rev. W. S. Bell, of Washington, who is conducting a revival service in the Somerset-street Brethren Church, will address the association next Monday morning. He was pastor of the South Side church some years ago, going West in 1908.


30 Jan 1913
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Contributed by Lynne Canterbury


Informal addresses and refreshments were on the pgogram at the regular meeting last evening of the Martin Luther Bible Class of Grace Lutheran Church. Arrangements were made to dispose in the near future of the remainder of the pledge made by the class towards the liquidation of the church indebtedness.


Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Dailey, of 209 Market street, will leave next week on an extended trip to the West, first going to Pasadena, Cal., and later visiting in Oregon and Washington. It is believed the change in climate may benefit Mr. Dailey's health, and no date has been set for their return. Mr. Dailey celebrated his 66th birthday anniversary Monday, a number of reliatives partaking of a dinner prepared by Mrs. Dailey. Contributed by Lynne Canterbury


A hundred and one candidates received the first degree in Johnstown Lodge, No. 48, L. O. O. Moose, at last night's meeting. The Buckhorn degreewas later conferred on seven dandidates. A guest of honor and the principal speaker at the meeting was Past Dictatar [sic] George Bassett, of South Fork. His subject was "Fraternity." A smoker was held at the close of the meeting and refreshments were served. The membership of the lodge is now 900, and it is hoped soon to boost it to the 1,000 mark. Local members will attend the meeting of South Fork Lodge tonight, at which a class of 50 will be initiated.


1 Feb 1913
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One of the largest classes initiated in recent years was taken in at last night's meeting of Kiskiminetas Tribe, No. 66, Improved Order of Red Men, in the lodge quarters in the Fisher building. There were more than 30 in the class. The initiatory work was conducted by Sachem James Kirkwood and was performed by the senior degree team. A smoker and social hour followed the business meeting. Refreshments were served and informal addresses were given by a number.


Tomorrow marks the fifth Sunday of the membership campaign being conducted by the Pioneer Bible Class of the First Presbyterian Church, in which weekly attendance counts a certain number of points, and a large turnout is assured. Last week's record of 69 probably will be exceeded, and Capt. Heslop says the other teams will have to do some tall hustling to wrest away the laurels won by his workers. A solo by Mrs. Grance Kent Warren will be a feature of the meeting. The Pioneers will have their first entertainment on a late-winter program next Thursday. It will be "hat night," the members selecting a subject from a jumbled list for extemporaneous discussion.


The Citizens' Light, Heat & Power Company today turned electricity into its new line to Daisytown, and a number of families who have contracted for the power will have their homes illuminated with electricity tonight for the first time. The borough has not yet contracted for any arcs. Obituaries formerly listed on this webpage can now be found in the


17 Feb 1913
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Contributed by Kelly Kendig


Harry W. Tomb, of Westmont, was in Indiana County on Saturday.

Frank McAnulty, of Barnesboro, was among the visitors in Johnstown on Saturday.

Miss Alta Smith, of the South Side, had returned home from a visit to friends in California, Pa.

Harvey Seigh, William W. Campbell, and Will Thiele are among the Johnstowners in Pittsburg today.

Ex-County Treasurer Silas D. Gochnour, Jr., of Conemaugh, was among relatives in Pittsburg on Saturday.

Mrs. Edward T. Hamilton, of Pittsburg, arrived in Johnstown last evening to visit relatives on Westmont.

Joseph Rudle, of Pittsburg, returned last evening to resume his work for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

Miss Gladys Bash, a teacher in the Conemaugh schools, left last evening for her home in Indiana to remain for several weeks.

The Rev. Dr. S. H. Isenberg, of Rowe College, was at Altoona yesterday, preaching in one of the Reformed churches morning and evening.

Dr. S. S. Kring, of the Fourth Ward, was at Indiana over Sunday as the guest of his son, Howard Kring, who is a student at he Indiana State Normal School.

The Hon. James B. Hammond, of Bolivar, was in Johnstown Saturday with the rev. and Mrs. Oscar B. Emerson, of the Grove-avenue M. E. parsonage.

Miss Agnes Stattmiller, of Indiana, who had been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Murdock, of the South Side, for several weeks, left last evening for home.

Master Frank Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wilson, of the South Side, returned Saturday afternoon from a visit of several weeks among relatives in East Liberty.

Mrs. Anna Fox and her daughters, Misses Edna and Mabel Fox, of Altoona, were in Johnstown over Sunday with the W. H. GATES family, of Somerset street.

Miss Rebecca Kooser returned to her home in Somerset after spending the week in the Seventh Ward with Mr. and Mrs. Edmund K. Kooser, her brother and sister-in-law.

The Rev. and Mrs. Robert D. Clara, of the Lutheran Church parsonage, Westmont, had as their guests during the past few days Mr. and Mrs. Warren Sellers, of Millerstown.

Miss Nellie Rush, daughter of Burgess and Mrs. Charles Rush, of Westmont, returned last evening from her visit of a few days among relatives in Fayette and Allegheny counties.

Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Waters, of Southmont, who left Johnstown recently on a trip to Panama, were at Kingston, Jamaica, several days last week, having arrived there on Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Harris, of Locust street, are entertaining Reno Anderson, of Jamestown, N.Y.

Charles A. Frank and son Robert Frank, of York, were in Johnstown Saturday and yesterday. Mrs. Frank has been here with her brothers, the Messrs. Walters, for some weeks. C. A. Frank was formerly engaged in business in this city.

Paul Beachey, a former resident of this city, now of Akron, O., spent yesterday and today as the guest of his aunt, Mrs. Susan Smith, of the South Side, and in visiting other relatives and friends. He left this afternoon for Meyersdale on his way home. Mr. Beachey had been employed for a number of years by F. W. Duwell, barber.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Katzenstein, of Vine street, started yesterday on an eastern trip lasting several weeks. They went from here to Harrisburg and Pottstown to visit relatives, after which Mr. Katzenstein will go to New York and Philadelphia on a business trip for MillerÂ’s clothing house. Before returning home Mr. and Mrs. Katzenstein expect to attend the inauguration at Washington.

Mrs. Charles B. Hamm, of the Seventh-avenue Hotel, Pittsburg, spent the past few days in the city with her mother, Mrs. Mary Saylor Cover, of the Fourth ward, returning home this afternoon. She and Mr. Hamm expect to leave Pittsburg within the next week or so for California, to remain until spring. They well cross the continent over the southern route and will return over the northern route.

Dr. and Mrs. Harry Woods and their little daughter, Nancy Virgina Woods, of Pittsburg, are in the Fourth Ward with the former's father and sister, George Woods and Miss Florence Woods, having arrived last night. Dr. Woods will return to Pittsburg this evening. Mrs. Woods and daughter are on their way to Martinsburg, Blair County, to visit the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. W. L. Spanogle, former residents of Conemaugh. They are the parents of Mrs. Woods.
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Four Days This Week will Be Devoted to Listening to Their Tax Appeals
From a Staff Correstpndent.

Ebensburg, Feb. 17. The county Commissioners, sitting as a Board of Revision, will hear the coal operators of Cambria County on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. As much of the coal is owned by men living in New Youk, Philadelphia, and other cities outside of Cambria County, a number of visitors are expected to attend the hearings.

Today the Commissioner heard appeals from owners of property in Conemaugh, East Taylor, and Middle Taylor townships. Tomorrow they will hear appeals from owners of property in West Taylor, Lower Yoder, and Upper Yoder townships.

Beginning Monday, February 24, the Commissioners will hear appeals form owners of property in most of the boroughs throughout the county. The schedule for the week will be as follows: February 24 Patton, Hasting, and Carrolltown; 25 Barnesboro, Spangler, and Vintondale; 26 Gallitzin, Tunnelhill, Cresson, and Sankertown; 27 Lilly, Portage, Wilmore, Summerhill, and Cassandra; 28 South Fork, Conemaugh, and Franklin; March 1 Rosedale, Brownstown, and Daisytown.

At the hearing last Saturday, Dr. C. F. Hager, of Johnstown, placed in assessment 99 acres and 34 perches of coal in Stonycreek Township that had never been assessed. A valuation of $34,800 was put on the tract, which is the property of the Von Lunen estate, of which Dr. Hager is the Executor.

Charles Leventry, of Johnstown, objected to the assessment placed on the property of the Highland Coal Company, in Stonycreek Township, also protested against the valuation placed on his land. Elmer BLOUGH, of the same township, also objected to his assessment.
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Special to The Tribune.

Meyersdale, Feb. 17.—Baltimore & Ohio train No. 47, due here about 9:25 a.m., but scheduled not to stop at this point, had a narrow escape from one of the worst wrecks for some time, when, Friday morning the rigging that supports the front trucks under the tender of the engine fell down, derailing the locomotive and an express car next to the engine.

The accident occurred in the deep cut just west of town, but while the engine reduced ties to splinters for some yards the eastbound track was not blocked, so that traffic was not seriously interrupted.

Some time ago Superintendent French was notified by the Meyersdale Borough Council that engineers caught exceeding the speed limit of ten miles per hour, fixed by ordinance, would be arrested and fined. Luckily for the Baltimore & Ohio and the train crew as well, it is said that the engineer of No. 47 upon this occasion was well within the ten-mile limit, for had the train been going at the usual rate of speed the conditions would likely have been quite different.

No one was injured, and aside from the tearing up of the track for a short distance, little other damage was done.
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Special to The Tribune

Barnesboro, Feb. 17.—Installation ceremonies will be held at the meeting of the local division, A. O. H., tonight. These officers were elected at a recent meeting: M. F. DORH, President; Dennis DUFFY, Vice President; P. A. Lantzy, Financial Secretary; A. A. Lantzy, Recording secretary, and George Lantzy, Treasurer.

The banquet held here a few evenings ago by the LadiesÂ’ Auxillary to the local Ancient Order of Hibernians, in St. PatrickÂ’s hall, was highly successful and the affair netted a neat sum of money, which will be given for the benefit of St. PatrickÂ’s Catholic Church.
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Special to The Tribune

Altoona, Feb. 17.—At a meeting of the Directors of the grand Fair association Saturday afternoon at the First National Bank at Hollidaysburg, it was decided to make an effort to establish a circuit of fairs in this part of the State, it being hoped by this means to secure better attractions, both in the way of races and other features.

It is the purpose of the management to arrange such a circuit with Johnstown, Meyersdale, and Cumberland, the four thus taking up the month of September. The fair at dell Delight will probably be held on September 17, 18, and 19. Johnstown and Meyersdale prefer to have an early fair, while Cumberland desires it late in the month, so it is an easy matter to arrange a circuit embracing the four places.


8 Mar 1913
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Family of Stoyestown Tax Collector Have Had No Word from Him

Special to The Tribune.
Stoyestown, March 8. Relatives are still without definite information as to the where abouts of Franklin Koontz, who has been missing from home for more than a week. The theory of foul play, however, has been discarded entirely and it is now believed that he is alive and well in one of the large cities.

Bondsmen for Mr. Koontz, who was a collector of taxes, acout the idea that he took a large sum of money with him when he left Stoyestown. They are, however, making a careful investigation with a view to determining the condition of his accounts. Jacob Koontz, an uncle of the missing man who is one of the bondsmen, said today that the books had been hastily gone over and indicated that if any money is missing it is a comparatively small amount and the bondsmen will be fully secured by salary due Koontz and commissions on outstanding collections. Taxes due and not yet collected amount to about $7,000, it is said.

The records in the County Commissioners' office at Somerset show that Mr. Koontz has not returned any taxes since last October and that at that time he had taxes outstanding of between $4,000 and $5,000. The bondsmen will urge the taxpayers to look up their receipts, the bondsmen will require that they pay what is assessed against them.

An official of the First National Bank, of this place, stated today that Franklin Koontz had not drawn out any of his money on deposit there.

Mrs. Koontz and four children are still at their home. Mr. Koontz operated three farms for his uncle, Jacob Koontz. The latter said today that Joseph Koontz, father of the missing man, would take two of the children, and that the others would be provided for.
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Special to The Tribune
Stoyestown, March 8.—the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burnett, of near Buckestown, was painfully burned about the hands and arms last evening, when a celluloid rattle with which he was playing caught fire from a lamp and ignited his clothing. The mother was slightly burned inputting out the fire.
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Special to The Tribune
Patton, March 8. - W. L. Thompson left this morning for Curwensville to attend the funeral of his mother on Monday afternoon.
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Special to The Tribune
Barnesboro, March 8. - Mrs. P. E. Mendenhall and son Milton, of this place, left this morning for Atlantic City to remain for a couple of weeks. Mrs. Mendenhall formerly resided at Atlantic City.
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Mike Truckley, the Hooversville ma(sic-man) who was burned yesterday morning by an explosion of powder, was resting easier today at Memorial Hospital.
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From a Staff Correspondent
Ebensburg, March 8. - FARREN Brothers, of Ebensburg, have sold their farm in Cambria Township to Gabriel Brothers, of the township.

J. L. ELDER, jr., has sold two lots at Marion street and Highland avenue to Edwin S. REESE, of Cambria Township, who will erect a dwelling on them.

Miss Margaret BOWMAN has returned to her home in Blairsville, following a visit her with Mr. and Mrs. T. W. DICK.
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Thursday Evening, 13 Mar 1913
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Special to The Tribune
Kimmelton, March 13. The home of H. A. Custer, near Kimmelton, was damaged by fire about 10:30 oÂ’clock this morning. Mr. and Mrs. Custer were out at the time and no one else was in the house, when Mr. Floto, of Johnstown, a salesman for the Johnstown Drygoods Company, who was passing, discovered the fire. Mr. Floto sounded an alarm and the fire was extinguished before it damaged any more than the kitchen.
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Tuesday Evening, 24 Jun 1913
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Submitted by Kelly Kendig

Miss Winifred Caldwell Is Confined to Home with Fractured Ankle

Miss Winifred Caldwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Caldwell, is confined to her home, 215 Vine street, with a fracture of a small bone in the right ankle as the result of an accident Sunday evening.

Miss Caldwell was sitting on a porch swing at her home and one of the supporting chains parted. Miss Caldwell's foot was pinioned under the swing and her weight. It was at first thought the young lady was not seriously injured outside of a dislocation of the ankle, bur an X-ray examination at Memorial Hospital yesterday showed a fracture of a small bone.

Following the examination at the hospital, the girl was returned to her home. It will be several weeks before she will be able to resume her duties at the Cambria General Office. She will also be obliged to postpone a vacation that she had planned to take this week.
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Mrs. Myer Rothstein, of Main street, entertained at a reception this afternoon for her daughter, Miss Hope Eleanor Rothstein, who is soon to marry Louis S. Silverstein, of Pittsburg. Receiving with Mrs. Rothstein and Miss Rothstein were Mrs. Jack Lippman, of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Biseinger*, Mrs. Lesser and Mrs. Mayer, all of Pittsburg. The catering was by the Crystal Cafe. The Rothstein residence was beautifully decorated for the occasion.
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Wednesday, 26 Nov 1913
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Walter Pringle, of South Fork, and his wife, Mrs. Sarah Pringle, are both patients in Mercy Hospital, suffering of typhoid fever. The condition of neither is thought to be dangerous. They were sent here by Dr. Edward Pardoe.



Lemen S. Bryan, of this city, and Miss Loretto Frances of McAuliffe, daughter of William McAuliffe, of Sulphur Springs, were married yesterday morning at nuptial high mass in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Moxham, b the Rev. Father Philip Bohan, the pastor of the congregation. Their attendants were Miss Julia McAuliffe, sister of the bride, and Frank McCallen, of this city. The bride wore a gown of white charmeuse, trimmed with beaded drapery and carried a bouquet of roses. The bridesmaid was attired in a gown of accordeon-plaited pink chiffon over net and carried a bouquet of chrysanthemums.

Immediately following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of Hayden McAuliffe, 631 Park avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan will make their home in the Seventeenth Ward. Mr. Bryan is employed as a conductor by the P. R. R. Company. His bride was graduated from the Somerset County schools and taught a number of terms in that county.


Special to The Tribune.

Gallitzin, Nov. 26. - George H. Wilson, who said he lived at 227 Prospect street, Johnstown, was injured yesterday morning in being jolted from a train here. He sustained a gash above one of the eyes and abrasions of the face.


8 Dec 1913
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Submitted by Kelly Kendig


Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd M. Weller, of this city, who were recently married at the home of the bride, returned home Saturday night from their honeymoon trip and are now at he home of Mr. and Mrs. Leckey, parents of the bride, where they will make their home for the time being.

Mr. and Mrs. Weller, during their honeymoon, visited Pittsburg, Butler, and Somerset. At the latter place they were guests of Mr. Weller's parents and were serenaded.
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Mrs. Mary Suttmiller, of 933 Virginia avenue, is a patient in the Memorial hospital and may undergo an operation. She is suffering of appendicitis. Her husband was killed in a fall about six months ago.
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