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History of Cambria County, V.2


Detroit, Mich.; and Ada, married Leo McCoy, lives at Detroit, Mich.; and Alma, deceased.
    At the age of 13 years, George C. Hoppel left school and worked in the nearby woods of Ebensburg as a teamster. He has been interested in the lumber business during his entire life and conducts a retail lumber yard at Patton, where he carries a complete line of building materials. He also does a general contracting business.
    In September, 1907, Mr. Hoppel was united in marriage with Miss Mary Falsey, a daughter of Matthew and Catherine Falsey, residents of Chicago, Ill. They have two children, George C., Jr., and Mary Catherine.
    Mr. Hoppel holds membership in the Catholic Church and is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus and elks and Eagles.

    Dr. A. Wallace Leech has been a successful and well known physician of Beaverdale for a number of years, where he is also serving as postmaster. He was born at New Sheffield, in Beaver County, Pa., May 5, 1877, and is the son of William and Mary Ann (Aiken) Leech.
    William Leech, deceased, was a native of County Antrim, Ireland. He came to America in 1850 and lived in Pittsburgh until 1871, when he removed to New Sheffield, Pa. He was a carpenter and general merchant. He married the first time to a Miss Allen, and two children, Frank and Robert, were born to her. Mr. Leech died in 1897. His widow was born in County Down, Ireland, and was 18 years of age when she came to this country in 1859. She lives at New Sheffield and is 86 years of age. To Mr. and Mrs. Leech seven children were born: Mary Jane, John S., James H., A. Wallace, and C. D.
    Dr. A. Wallace Leech received his early education in the schools of Independence Township, Beaver County. He taught in the district schools for four years, and in 1893 entered Pearsall's Academy in Beaver County. In 1895 he entered Ohio Northern University at Ada, Ohio, and in 1897 enrolled at Grove City College. The following year he entered Geneva College, from which he was graduated in 1903. He then for four years was a professor in Geneva College. He attended for three summers the University of Chicago and received his A. B. degree in 1906. In 1907 he entered the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1911. He served as interne at Howard Hospital, Philadelphia. He has practiced his profession at Beaverdale since 1912.

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