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|Johnstown Tribune, 23 Aug 1910, Page 11, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury|
|Death of David Ream a Mystery|
Former Johnstowner Found in Bottom of Ditch at Millvale, Near Pittsburg
Remains are Brought Here
Under circumstances so mysterious that the members of his family are not positive as to the manner in which he met his death, David Ream, aged forty-nine, a former resident of Johnstown, was found dead yesterday morning at the bottom of a ditch at the side of Evergreen Road, Millvale, near Pittsburg. There were several bruises on his head and his face was scratched, but these are considered not sufficient to cause his death. There is nothing to indicate suicide.
According to his daughter, Daisy Ream, her father left home Sunday afternoon, saying that he was going to visit some friends in Sharpsburg. That was the last seen of him alive. Last Friday the dead man went to an insurance agent and paid the premium on an insurance policy on his life. The cause of death as given by the Coronor's office was organic heart trouble.
Ream had a scar on the left side of the chin, one on the lip and one just over the right eye. He was employed for the past eighteen years by Patrick C. Dean, a produce merchant of Pittsburg.
Mr. Ream was a son of Samuel Ream, who makes his home with the N. D. Blough family, in the Eighth Ward. Besides his wife and the daughter mentioned above, Ream is survived by the following brothers and sisters: W. S., of No. 17 Derby street; Albert of Somerset County; Mrs. Michael Blum, of Franklin street, Eighth Ward; Mrs. Gertrude McClelland, of Elim; Mrs. Lizzie Allison, of Elton; Mrs. Rachel Hershberger, of Elim, and Mrs. Edward Seeley, whose address is not known.
The remains of Mr. Ream were brought to this city on the 1:56 train this afternoon and removed to the home of W. S. Ream on Derby street by Undertaker John Pendry. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, when the Rev. Al. L. Berkley, of the Roxbury Church of the Brethren, will conduct the service. Interment will be made in Grand-View Cemetery.