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|Johnstown Tribune, 2 Aug 1917, Contributed by Diann Olsen|
|ELIAS PAUL, CIVIL WAR VETERAN, IS DEAD IN ALTOONA.|
Former Resident of Sixth Ward Here Expired at His Home Early This Morning.
FUNERAL HERE SATURDAY.
Elias Paul, for many years a prominent resident of the Sixth Ward, this city, died of general debility at 2 o'clock this morning at his home in Altoona, where he had made his home since 1908, when he removed from this place. Mr. Paul served in the Independent Battalion, Pennsylvania Volunteers, during the Civil War and was a member of Emory Fisher Post, No. 30, Department of Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic. His health had been impaired for a long time, but he was not compelled to take his bed until three weeks ago. He was here on a visit late in May, when he came to take part in the Memorial Day exercises with the members of the local Post. His youngest son, the Rev. Daniel Melroy Paul, is pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Corapolis, near Pittsburgh, and visited him early last week while on an automobile trip to the State of Massachusetts to spend his vacation. He has been called home on account of his father's death and is expected to arrive late tomorrow night, or early Saturday morning. The funeral will take place from the home of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Paul, 722 Franklin street, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the services to be conducted by the Rev. James Edwin Dunning, of Ford City, acting pastor of the Franklin street M. E. charge in the absence of the minister, the Rev. J. Lane Miller, who is at East Northfield, Mass.
The deceased was a son of Samuel and Susan Eiler Paul and was born in Jackson Township, this county, near the Burkhart Station along the Southern Cambria Railway, on August 8, 1834, 83 years next Monday. He was a brother of William Paul, of Plumville, Indiana County; Emanuel Paul, of Steubenville, O?, and Mrs. Elizabeth Dillon, of Cunningham, Mo. Mr. Paul began work a long time ago for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and was serving as passenger and freight agent for the company at Summerhill at the time of his removal to this city almost 40 years ago. He worked for the Cambria Iron Company for about 30 years before removing to Altoona.
In February, 1859, Elias Paul and Miss Maria Pringle, daughter of Samuel Pringle, of Summerhill, were married at Wilmore, by the Rev. Mr. Noon, of the United Brethren denomination. Mr. Paul is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Laura Hill, of Horner street, and five sones -- James, of Chicago; Samuel W. and William H., of the Sixth Ward; Wallace, of Lincoln street, and the Rev. Daniel Melroy Paul, mentioned above. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, one of whom, Ralph Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Paul, is with the Naval Coast ??? along the New Jersey Coast, and by three great grandchildren. Mrs. Maria Pringle Paul died here in August, 1904. She was a sister of Mrs. Samuel Hess, of Wilmore; and Mrs. Annie Bickford and Mrs. Martin Palmer, of Conemaugh. In 1908 Mr. Paul married Mrs. Eva Ickes of Altoona, and has since made his home in that city.
The deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity for some 50 years, having been admitted to one of the Altoona lodges during his residence at Summerhill. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Wilmore almost 50 years ago and was a member of the Franklin street parish during his residence in this city. He had been a member of the Second M. E. Church, Altoona, since removing from this city. In June, 1863, Mr. Paul joined the Independent Battalion that was formed by a number of young men of Wilmore and Summerhill to assist in the defeat of the Southern Army, under Lee, that was at that time invading Pennsylvania. Mr. Paul's captain was William H. Huges. The Lieutenant Colonel of the Battalion was the late Robert Ditzinger.