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PRINGLE, William Sharp

    Johnstown Tribune, 21 Jul 1917, Page 20, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury

Aged Conductor in New Home Less than Fortnight

W. S. Pringle, Who Died Suddenly, Had Purchased First Ward Residence

Was in his 70th Year

W. S. Pringle, the retired freight conductor, who died suddenly of heart trouble at the Johnstown passenger station yesterday afternoon, recently purchased the Cox home, 235 Lincoln street, First Ward, for $10,000 and had lived there for less than two weeks. During the last three years he had his home in the Seventeenth Ward, he and Mrs. Pringle having left there for the new home on July 9. Mr. Pringle was in Conemaugh to see his sister Mrs. Kate Courter, yesterday morning and was on his way to Homewood, Pittsburg, to visit his daughter, Mrs. G. W. Nathen, when he died suddenly. The body was prepared for burial by the John Henderson Company and was removed to the Pringle home in the First Ward last evening. The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon, the services to be conducted by the Rev. Warren S. Wilson, of the Moxham Brethren Church, and the Rev. Dr. J. I. L. Ressler, of the Conemaugh United Brethren Church at 2 o'clock. Burial will be made in Headrick's Cemetery, above Conemaugh.

The deceased was a son of Daniel and Mary Sharp Pringle. He was born on Pringle Hill on May 12, 1848. He was identified with one of the oldest families of Cambria County, the Pringles having settled at Summerhill many years ago. William S. Pringle was one of a family of five children and is the third of the number to pass away. His surviving brother and sisters are Paul Pringle, and Mrs. Kate Pringle Couter, of Conemaugh.

The deceased was for almost 50 years an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad, having retired from active service in August, 1913. For some years he ran as a freight brakeman on the Pittsburg Division and was for 30 years the conductor of the Conemaugh shifter. He began work for the company in the Conemaugh yards in 1866. Mr. Pringle was a lifelong member of the United Brethren Church. For a long time he was identified with the Conemaugh congregation, but at the time of his removal to the Seventeenth Ward he transferred his membership to the Park avenue charge.

On June 22 1873, William Sharp Pringle and Miss Lavina Custer, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ephriam Custer, were married in Conemaugh. Mrs. Pringle survives her husband, with two sons and two daughters - Charles Webster Pringle, of Jackson Township; Harry C. Pringle, of Conemaugh; Mrs. Stella Gibson, of Derry, and Mrs. Grace Nathen, of Pittsburg.

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