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McCREIGHT, James B.
|Johnstown Tribune, 13 Apr 1903, Page 1, Contributed by Diann Olsen|
|James B. McCreight, a well-known resident of Johnstown, died at the Poor Farm, near Eebensburg [sic], at 1 o'clock this afternoon. He had not been in good health for some time and was taken from the 17th Ward, this city, to the Almshouse in October, 1900. The cause of his death was general debility.|
James B. McCreight was born in Indiana County eighty-two years ago and is the last of his family to pass away. He was married in Johnstown a long time since to Miss Patterson, a daughtr [sic] of Jesse Patterson, who was a prominent figure onhe Old Portage Railroad management. In politcs Mr. McCreight was a Democrat, and frequently figured in contests of that party.
Soon after the arrival of the deceased in Johnstown he was given a position as clerk in the old McMillen House. Later he conducted a tavern on Washington street and after that an eating house. He was the borough lamplighter in this place before electricity was introduced or street lighting purposes. During the administration of Dr. Wagoner as Mayor Mr. McCreight was appointed Marketmaster and he was reappointed by Mayor Woodruff.
Mrs. McCreight and five of her children, four sons and a daughter, all died of consumption. The first o the children to succumb to the disease was Charles, who was a special officer at the old Union Hall, followed by William, Jesse, Edward, and Olive. James, another son, was ground to pieces on the railroad in the Cambria yard.
The remains will be brought to Johnstown on Pittsburg Express tomorrow afternoon and will probably be taken from the P. R. R. Station to Sandyvale Cemetery for burial. The Rev. Edwin E. Haskins, pastor of the Somerset-street Brethren Church, will conduct the services at the grave.