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GORE, Thomas

    Johnstown Daily Tribune, 21 Sep 1903, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury


Thomas Gore died at the Gore homestead, No. 524 Locust street, at 2:22 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He had been confined to his bed for nine weeks with general debility, but was conscious to the last, his death being painless.

The deceased was born in Mann's Choice, Bedford County, April 14, 1817, and was a son of John and Catherine Mowery Gore. His father was a Virginian and died many years ago in his seventy-third year. Mrs. Catherine Mowery Gore died in October, 1880, in her eighty-eighth year. Thomas Gore was a brother of John and Henry Gore and Mrs. Catherine Gore Robb, all of whom are dead, having lived for many years in Johnstown.

On September 28, 1848, Thomas Gore was married to Amanda Jane Mitchell, daughter of James H. and Sophronia Thatcher Mitchell, her father having been a prominent resident of Johnstown many years ago. Eight children were born to Mr. And Mrs. Gore, as follows: Sophronia C., wife of J. W. Barnett, of Hillside, Westmoreland County; James H., deceased; Amanda J., widow of Dr. J. E. Hutchinson, at home; John M., of Chicago; Willis K., also of Chicago; George S., at home; an infant daughter, deceased, and Ella P., wife of Dr. J. Swan Taylor, at home. Mrs. Gore died in 1891.

When Thomas Gore was a boy his parents moved from Bedford County to Blairsville, where he assisted in building the Pennsylvania Canal. In 1847, Mr. Gore built the section boat "General Scott" and other boats and navigated them between Pittsburg and Philadelphia. After leaving the canal he became a contractor and helped to build the Old Portage Railroad between this city and Hollidaysburg, later engaging extensively in the coal and stone business. During the past few years he devoted his time entirely to his own business affairs.

Thomas Gore was one of Johnstown's oldest and best citizens, and was at one time one of the municipal lawmakers, having served in the Borough Council before the Civil War with the Hon. Daniel J. Morrell. In early life, Mr. Gore became a member of the Presbyterian Church. and for twenty-two years before his death, was a ruling Elder in the First Presbyterian congregation, being one of its oldest members. He was for many years a member of the Sunday School Bible class taught by John Fulton, and attended all the church and Sunday School meetings, until he was seized with his final illness. Mr. Gore was a member of the Old Pennsylvania Canal Boatmen's Association and was on the Reception Committee at the gathering of old boatman here on September 3d, but was unable to leave his home on account of sickness. Mr. Gore was of Revolutionary descent, an uncle, Joshua Gore, having fought under Washington in the struggle for American independence.

The Rev. Dr. C. C. Hays, the pastor of the deceased, will conduct the obsequies at the Gore homestead at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Interment will be made in Grand-View Cemetery.

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