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NITCH, Peter

    Johnstown Tribune, 16 Jun 1910, Contributed by Virginia Sobotkin

Peter Venerable Nitch dies on farm near Sulphur Springs

Peter Nitch, for 40 years a resident of Conemaugh township, Somerset, County a prominent figure in the later development of the natural advantages of the Stonycreek Valley and a member of a well-known German family, died at his home at 9:15 o’clock yesterday morning (June 16, 1910) on the farm near Sulphur Springs, which had been the Nitch homestead for more than four decades. Death came as a relief to the aged gentleman after long suffering. Mr. Nitch was 75 years of age.

Peter Nitch was born at Saxony, Germany, November 28, 1835. His Father died when young Peter Nitch was in his teens and after he learned the trade of a blacksmith he came to this country accompanied by two sisters. His mother, who later married the second time, died about 16 years ago. Shortly after arriving in America Peter Nitch took up his residence in Johnstown, where in October, 1856, he was married to Miss Anna Riley in the Old Catholic church located in what is now the Tenth ward of the city.

Mr. and Mrs. Nitch first made their home in Cambria City, but later they purchased 10 acres of ground on Prospect hill. Later they moved to Sharon, where they remained but a short time and, on returning to Johnstown, Mr. Nitch traded his Prospect hill holdings to the Cambria Iron Company for a farm in Conemaugh township along the Ligonier pike, which has been the Nitch homestead since 1860, and where Mrs. Nitch died almost ten years ago.

Thirteen children were born to the union, four of whom preceded their parents to the grave. The survivors are John B. of Lorain, Ohio, George B. of Gautier Street, Mary, wife of John A. Droz of Brownstown, Rachel, wife of Richard Worthington of Rosedale, Rose, wife of J. J. Livingston of 49 Derby Street, Eleanor, wife of F. F. O’Connor of Upper Yoder township, and Adam, Anna, and Sophia, who are at home.

Mr. Nitch was a brother of Mrs. John Kintz of this city and of Mrs. Jacob Grosh of Germany. His only brother, George Nitch died in Brownstown 11 years ago. Mr. Nitch was formerly a member of St. Joseph Society and was also identified with the Mannerchor Singing Society.

The funeral will take place at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Interment to be in the family burying plot in Lower Yoder cemetery beside the remains of his wife and children.

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