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SWANK, Jacob J.

    Johnstown Tribune, 02 Apr 1921, Contributed by Sharon Trosan

Tribune, Johnstown, PA April 2, 1921

Jacob J. Swank, of Napoleon St, South Side, Dead. Deceased served under Col. Cummins when the latter fell at Gettysburg in '63

Jacob J. Swank, aged 75 years who served in the 142 Reg PVI under the late Col Robert Cummins died this morning at the Swank home 625 Napoleon Street Sixth ward following a long illness of a complication of diseases. The deceased was a member of the Willow street United Evangelical Church whose pastor the Rev Sidney V. Carmany will conduct the funeral services at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Somerset County and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Swank who have been dead for many years. He was a resident of that country when the Civil War broke out in April 1861. He enlisted a short time later in Co D 142 Reg under Capt Grimm and was with the company at the battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 2, 3, 1863. Col Grimm was fatally injured in the first days battle and died the following morning.

During his term of service Mr Swank participated in the following battles: Fredericksburg, Burnside's Muddy March, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, North, Anna River, Bitherda Church, Spottsylvania, CH Petersburg, Weldon Prebles Farm, Dainey's Mills, Boyton, Plank Road, Five Forks, and Lees surrender. He was honorably discharged and mustered out of service May 29, 1965.

Following the war Mr Swank went to Johnstown to work for his brothers, the late Samuel and Hiram Swank in the Swank Pottery on Morris Street, now Franklin Street. He was among the members of the Johnstown Borough police force of almost 40 years ago and was associated with John T. Harris, John Beaser, John Jones, Stephen Varner, John L. Decker and Frank M. Sieara, all of whom have passed away.

Jacob J. Swank was married twice. His first wife Mrs. Sarah (Spangler) was a sister of Mrs Mary Swank of the South Side. Following her death, he married Jennie Keafer who survives him with a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Schrock in Somerset and a brother Eli Swank of Waterloo, Iowa.

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