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Gore, John, Sr.

    Johnstown Tribune, 1 Feb 1899, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury



John Gore, Sr., a former resident of Johnstown, died yesterday morning at Lexington, Ohio, where he had been making his home with his daughters for a number of years. He had been sick but a week, the cause of his death being pleurisy.

John Gore, Sr., was born in January, 1815, in Bedford County, near the village of Mann's Choice, on the Somerset Pike. His father, John Gore, died at Frazer's Corner, this city, in 1856, and his mother, Mrs. Catherine Mowrey Gore, died in 1880, in a house that stood on the site of the present property of George Mapledoram, on Franklin street, Fifth Ward.

The deceased was one of a family of four children -- three boys and a girl. His sister, Mrs. James Robb, died on the South side, this city, in the fall of 1891. His brothers are Mr. Thomas Gore, of Locust street, this city, and Mr. Henry Gore, of York, Pa.

In 1827, Mr. Gore's parents moved from Bedford county to Blairsville, where his father assisted in the construction of a tunnel on the Pennsylvania canal. From Blairsville the Gore family moved to Plane No. 2, on the Old Portage Railroad, in the vicinity of Portage, and later located in Conemaugh. After residing at the latter place for a few years they went to the Ligonier Valley, where the subject of this sketch was married in 1835 to Anna, daughter of Archie McClellan. Rev. Samuel Swan, who was the second pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in this city, performed the ceremony.

After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Gore located at Conemaugh, Mr.. Gore working as fireman at Plane No. 1, above that place, for a number of years, going later to Duncansville to help erect the iron works there. He remained in Duncansville for about a dozen years and then moved to Pittsburgh and worked for a new years as a passenger engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad, being one of the company's first employees.

Mr. Gore came to Johnstown a few years after the Cambria Iron Company began operation and secured a position as foreman of motive power, which he held for a score of years. His wife died in Upper Yoder Township, above the borough of Roxbury, almost 20 years ago, and about 1880, Mr. Gore went to Lexington to make his home with his daughters. The last visit he made to Johnstown was about a year since, when he came to attend the funeral of his son, Archie, who died in Braddock, his remains being brought here for burial.

Mr. Gore is survived by the following sons and daughters: Mrs. John Bracken, of No. 1145 Franklin Street; Mrs. Amanda Mapledoram and Mrs. Annie Rider, of Lexington; John of Kennedy Avenue; William McCabe Gore, of the nineteenth ward; James of Upper Yoder Township; Winfield of Lorain, Ohio; George G. of the eighth ward, and Albert of Roxbury.

The remains will arrive in Johnstown on Day express tomorrow morning and will be conveyed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bracken, where services will be held at 2 o'clock in the afternoon by Rev. Hays of the First Presbyterian Church. Internment will be made in Grandview Cemetery.

The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Lexington and of Cambria Lodge of Masons of this city.

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