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|Cambria Freeman, 13 Sep 1907, Contributed by Patty Millich|
|Bartholomew McCabe was born October 29, 1829 in County Cavan, Ireland. He came to America at the age of 18 and learned the machinist trade in Philadelphia. Later he became a stationary engineer at Fallen Timber and a machinist in the PRR shops in Altoona. In 1860 he removed to Johnstown and secured employment in the mills.|
In 1867 he became fireman on a locomotive and was promoted to engineer in the autumn of the same year. He ran on the main line until 1876 when he was placed on the Ebensburg branch. He made his regular run there until 1895 when he retired because of failing health.
He was on the engine that first went through the old Portage tunnel on the trial trip.
Mr. McCabe was twice married, the first time to Christina Newry and the second time to Bridget O'Connor. He was the father of 12 children, 7 of whom survive – John, James, William and Michael of Pittsburg; Christiana at home; Margaret, wife of Joseph Shoemaker of Mifflin county and Mary, wife of George Banker of Goshen, N. J. He is also survived by his wife.
The veteran engineer went to the seashore this summer and seemed to be much improved in health. However, on returning home he suffered a physical relapse from the effects of which he died last Saturday at home.
The funeral took place at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning from the Catholic church, conducted by Father O'Neill.