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    Johnstown Tribune, 25 Jan 1911, Page 4, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury


Proprietor of Metropolitan Hotel, Ebensburg, Expires After Long Illness

Ebensburg, Jan. 25 -- J. Harvey Vanasdlen, proprietor of the Metropolitan Hotel here, died of dropsy at his apartments in the hotel at an early hour this morning aged fifty-three years. The deceased became suddenly ill almost four months ago while out driving inthe vicinity of Carrolltown with his family and Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Bostert, jr., of Johnstown. He was seized with hemorrhages of the stomach and from that on his health declined.

Harvey Vanasdlen was born in Lancaster County, this State, in 1857, and came to Cambria County and settled in Johnstown some years before the Great Flood of 1889. He was employed at several hotels in Johnstown and later located at Wilmore, where he was married about twenty years ago to Miss Emma Dopp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dopp of Summerhill Township. Some years later, Mr. Vanasdlen went into the hotel business at Greensburg but eturned to Cambria County after a few year's residence there. For four or five years, the deceased conducted the Keystone Hotel , Cresson, coming to Ebensburg about two years ago to succeed the late William Kimbell as proprietor of the Metropolitan.

The deceased is survived by his wife, who is a niece of Mrs. Gustav Bostert, Sr., and Mrs. Dorothy Keiper, both of Johnstown, a son, George Vanasdlen , aged about eighteen years, and a daughter, Dorothy Vanasdlen, little over a year old.

The funeral will probably take place from the Metropolitan Hotel on Friday afternoon, with interment in Lloyd's Cemetery. In politics Mr. Vanasdlen was a Republican and he was well known all over the county.

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