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HUMMEL, Joseph R.

    Johnstown Tribune, 2 Apr 1920, Page 23, Contributed by Brian Cartwright

Joseph R. HUMMEL, aged 80 years, Civil War veteran and former Burgess of Dale Borough, died at noon yesterday at his home, 902 Bedford street, Dale, following a long illness. He had been bedfast since last fall. Funeral services will be held at the Dale United Evangelical Church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon and will be in charge of the Rev. Dr. Franklin E. Hetrick, the pastor; the Rev. F. D. Ellenberger, Presiding Elder of the Johnstown District of the Pittsburgh Conference of the U. E. denomination and the Rev. C. D. Slagle, pastor of the Moxham U. E. Church. The services at the grave in Grandview Cemetery will be in charge of the officers of Emory Fisher Post, No. 30, Grand Army of the Republic, assisted by a detail from Lieut. J. Speer Orr Camp, No. 14, Sons of Veterans. Six sons of the deceased will act as pallbearers.

The deceased was a son of David and Mary HUMMEL and was born in Shade Township, Somerset County, on January 17, 1840. J. R. HUMMEL was reared in his native township, received a limited education in the public schools, and was a farm laborer until he attained his majority in 1861. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Johnstown in Company E. 54th Regiment, P. V. I., under the late Patrick GRAHAM, and served until after the surrender of Lee in April, 1865. Mr. HUMMEL was honorably discharged at Annapolis, Md., on May 31, 1865. He took part in the battles of New Market, Piedmont, James River, Lynchburg, Liberty and Salem, Snicker's Ford, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fort Griggs and High Bridge. Mr. HUMMEL was made corporal in 1862, a sergeant in October, 1864, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April, 1865. Mr. HUMMEL was a Past Commander of Emory Fisher Post and served as President of the 54th Regimental Association several years ago. In politics Mr. HUMMEL was a Republican, casting his first vote for Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States. Mr. HUMMEL served for ten years as a member of the school boards in Somerset and Cambria Counties. Mr. HUMMEL helped to incorporate Dale Borough in 1890 and served as Burgess of that suburb for a number of years.

He was an active worker in the Dale United Evangelical Church and taught a class of adults in the Sunday school for a number of years. On September 10, 1868, Lieut. HUMMEL and Miss Frances PICKWORTH, daughter of John PICKWORTH, a canal boatman, were united in marriage. Mrs. HUMMEL survives her husband with these children: John H., Windber; Kinter F., Johnstown; Mrs. R. W. MILLER, Johnstown; Samuel H., Wellington O.; Mrs. Frank ASHBRIDGE, Johnstown; Mrs. George LAYMAN, Roanoke, Va.; Robert F., Stoyestown, and Frank G. and Harry D., both of Johnstown. His second son, Milton died in Gary, Ind., in 1915. He also leaves 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, together with a brother and sister, Joshua HUMMEL and Mrs. William SHAFFER, of Dale.

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