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    Cambria Freeman, 8 Jan 1909, Contributed by Patty Millich

Aged Loretto Man Passes to His Reward

Peter A. Melhorn Victim of Bright’s Disease and Complications

Peter A. Melhorn, a son of one of the earliest settlers of this section of Cambria County, and at the time of his death, one of Loretto’s oldest and best known residents, died at his home Wednesday after an illness of Bright’s disease and complications incident to old age that caused a gradual sinking within the last month. He was 79 years of age.

Mr. Melhorn, as he approached the age of an octogenarian, was an exceedingly active man and was able to be about daily, usually in the company of men scores of years younger than himself. He was summoned to Ebensburg as a juror the first week of December term of court and appeared to be in his usual health, but after his return home he was taken ill and his decline was noticeable from that time.

The father of Mr. Melhorn was a native of Germany and located in Allegheny Township more than 80 years ago. The entire life of the deceased was spent in that locality with the exception of a term of enlistment in the Union army during the War of the Rebellion. Mr. Melhorn was married more than 50 years ago to a Miss Douglass, of Allegheny Township, daughter of one of the pioneer settlers of Cambria County, who died about four years ago. Two sons of the venerable couple, William and Sylvester and one daughter, Emma, are dead, the latter expiring in the Memorial Hospital in Johnstown about 12 years ago. The surviving children are Jonathan Melhorn and Mrs. R. A. Glass of Cresson; Mrs. C. A. McGuire of Johnstown; Harry of McKean County; and Edward and Charles of Allegheny Township. Mr. Melhorn had one brother, Jerome, and a sister, who located in Allegheny County many years ago and as they have not been heard from in a long time, it is generally believed that they are dead.

The funeral took place at 10 o’clock Friday morning from St. Michael’s Catholic Church of which the deceased had been a member for many years.

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