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PAUL, John Wallace

    Johnstown Daily Tribune, 12 Jan 1920, Contributed by Diann Olsen


Democratic Leader Was Able to Be at His Office on Saturday Morning.


Attorney J. Wallace Paul, aged 46 years, died unexpectedly of apoplexy at his residence 106 Lincoln street, First Ward, shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mr. Paul suffered from a cold but was about until Saturday morning, when he left his office in the First National Bank building about 11 o'clock for his residence. He was stricken shortly after 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon and died before a physician could be summoned. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon when services will be held at the residence. Burial will be made in Grandview Cemetery. John Wallace Paul was born at Summerhill on May 27, 1873 and was a son of Elias and Maria Pringle Paul, who came to Johnstown in 1878 and resided in a property opposite the First Presbyterian Church on Main street for a year or so when Elias Paul purchased from Simon Dunmyre the Paul property on Franklin street, Sixth Ward, now occupied by Samuel W. and William H. Paul. Elias Paul, who served in one of the Pennsylvania Regiments during the Civil War, died in August, 1917. Mrs. Maria Pringle Paul passed away in August, 1904.

J. Wallace Paul was educated in the Johnstown public schools. He was a student in the High School when he enrolled as a student at the Indiana State Normal School, where he spent two years. Later, Mr. Paul began the study of law in the office of Judge O'Connor in the Woolf block and went from there to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he enrolled as a law student in the University of Michigan. He graduated from Ann Arbor in June, 1899, and was admitted to the Cambria County Bar along with the late Attorney W. David Lloyd on December 4, 1899. Mr. Paul opened an office in the Suppes building, Franklin street; and remained there until April 1, 1913, when he removed to the First National Bank Building.

The deceased and Miss Blanche Batzell, of Riddlesburg, Bedford County, were married at Riddlesburg in April, 1901. For a while after their marriage they made their home in the Sixth Ward before moving into the Raab property at the corner of Lincoln and Stonycreek streets, First Ward. This property Mr. Paul acquired from the Raab estate some years ago. Mrs. Paul survives her husband, with three daughters -- Edith, Helen and Josephine, a sister, Mrs. Laura Paul Hill, of Horner street and four brothers -- James Paul, of Chicago; Samuel W. and William H. Paul, of the Sixth Ward, and the Rev. Daniel Melroy Paul, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Monengahela City. The latter arrived in the city this afternoon to attend the funeral.

J. Wallace Paul was a member of Johnstown Lodge No. 175, B. P. O. E., Vestal Camp, No. 33, Woodsmen of the World. Lieut. J. Speer Orr Camp, No. 14, sons of Veterans; was a charter member of United Lodge, No. 57, Knights of Pythias, became a member of the Franklin Street Methodist Episcopal Church in 1900, during the pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. Silas T. Mitchell, and in politics was a Democrat.

Mr. Paul served last fall as chairman of the Democratic party in Cambria County and had at other times taken a lively interest in the affairs of his party. He had a wide acquantance throughout the county.

At a special meeting of the Cambria County Bar Association held at Ebensburg at 11 o'clock this morning committees were named by Vice President M. D. Kittell, who presided over the meeting as follows:

Committee on Resolutions W. A. McGuire, Chairman: William Davis, F. C. Snarinngh, Tillman K. Saylor and Albert Stenger.

Committee on Arrangements: R. Edgar Leahey, Chairman, D. P. Weimer and A. A. Nelson.

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