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|Johnstown Tribune, 20 May 1898, Contributed by Sharon Trosan|
|Johnstown Tribune, May 20, 1898|
Daniel Murphy Expires While on a Visit in Somerset County
Daniel Murphy, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of South Fork, was found dead in bed yesterday morning at the home of his nephew - Jacob Seese - whom he was visiting, in Rummel, Somerset County. Mr. Murphy and his two sons - Noah and Jacob - had gone to the home of Mr. Seese on Monday. The elder gentleman appeared to be in his usual health, and on Monday retired in good spirits. When an attempt was made to wake him yesterday morning, however, it was found that he was dead. His death evidently resulted from heart disease and occurred, it is believed, not long after he retired, as his body indicated life had been extinct for some time.
Mr. Murphy was born in Adams Township, this county, something over sixty years ago, and in early manhood was united in marriage with Caroline Reighard, also of Adams Township, who survives him, with the two sons mentioned above, and one daughter - Mrs. T. J. Wilt - all of South Fork. He was a brother of Alexander Murphy, of Adams Township; John, of Franklin Borough, and Simon, who recently died at Scalp Level. A sister resides at Ohiopyle.
The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War, being in Company I, Fifty-fourth Regiment, of which his brother Simon, mentioned above, was also a member. He was a member of Daniel T. Stineman Post, No. 560, G. A. R., at South Fork.
Throughout his life Mr. Murphy was an industrious man, and by hard work and business enterprise accumulated a generous share of this world's goods. During his residence of some twenty years in South Fork he was among the foremost men of the place in all movements looking to its development, and he will be mourned as one of the most useful citizens of the town, in which he at various times held several municipal offices.
The body of the deceased was removed to his late home in South Fork last evening and will be interred there to-morrow after services in the Evangelical Church at 10 o'clock A. M.
(buried in South Fork Cemetery)