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    Johnstown Tribune, 25 Mar 1912, Page 1, Contributed by Diann Olsen


Ex-County Auditor John Gittings and Miss Annie Farren Called


Ex-County Official Stricken with Paralysis Saturday Evening

From a Staff Correspondent.
Ebensburg, March 25. - Ebensburg has lost two of its oldest and best known residents, Ex-County Auditor John Gittings, 70 years old, dying at 10:15 o'clock last night and Miss Annie Farren, 84 years old, expiring Saturday evening at 8:30 o'clock. The funeral of Mr. Gittings will probably be held Wednesday morning from the Congregational Church with the Rev. H. H. Guernsey in charge, while that of Miss Farren will be held tomorrow morning, when mass will be said at 9 o'clock in Holy Name Catholic Church.

Mr. Gittings' death was due directly to a stroke of paralysis sustained on Saturday. He had been ill with Bright's disease for the past few months and during the two weeks preceeding his death he was unable to lie in bed, spending all of his time in a chair.

Ex-County Auditor John Gittings was born in Cambria Township in 1831 on a farm owned by A. W. Bash, of North Ebensburg. He lived in Ebensburg for eight years, coming here from Jackson Township. During his residence in Jackson Township, he held almost every office in the Lutheran Church, and at the time of his death he was a deacon in the Ebensburg Congregational Church. In his younger days, Mr. Gittings was engaged in the lumber business with Dwight Jones, Lemuel Jones, and Milton Jones. School teaching was a vocation he followed for 11 terms. His service as a County Auditor was for three terms. As a soldier, Mr. Gittings fought in 209th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and he was an Adjutant in Capt. John M. Jones Post, No. 556, G. A. R.

Besides his widow, who was Miss Anna Hughes, of North Ebensburg, the deceased is survived by the following children: Richard C. Gittings, of Ebensburg; William Fl, of Chicago; Ida, wife of Philip Davis, of Mineral Point, Hattie, wife of D. L. Pringle, of Croyle Township. He was a brother of Mrs. Margaret Davis, wife of Thomas D. Davis, of Ebensburg; Mrs. Hannah Griffith, of Atlanta, Ga., and Sarah, widow of Owen Davis, of Johnstown. Emily and Jane, two other sisters, died years ago. William Gittings, a brother, died a month ago in Pueblo, Col., and his body was buried here. Thirteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren also survive.

Miss Annie Farren made her home with her nephews and nieces, the sons and daughters of the late Patrick Farren on Lloyd street. Her death folled a lingering illness due to diseases incident to old age. She was born in County Derry, Ireland, and was brought to the country by her parents when three years of age. They located on a farm in Cambria Township. For many years she and her brother, John Farren, now deceased, lived in Ebensburg, where Mr. Farren conducted a grocery store on High Street. Some years after her brother's death, Miss Farren went to Cambria Township to live with the Patrick Farren family, and continued to live there until last fall, when the Farren family moved to Ebensburg. The deceased was a lifelong member of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg.

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