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|Johnstown Tribune, 22 Sep 1921, Page 10, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury
|JOHN KAMMER DIES IN THE SIXTH WARD
Deceased Had Been Bedfast at His Home, South Side, for Several Weeks
Street Commissioner John Kammer, whose health had been impaired for some time, died at his residence, 708 Meade street, Sixth Ward, between 10 and 11 o'clock last night, in his 66th year. He had been bedfast during the last three weeks. His death was due to stomach trouble. Funeral services will be held at the Kammer home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, the eulogy to be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Ernst A. Tappert, pastor of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in the family plot in Grandview Cemetery. The music will be furnished by the choir of Zion's Church. Mr. Kammer has been a bass singer in this congregation for the last 30 years.
The deceased was a son of Christian and Elizabeth (Hahn) Kammer and was born at Benscreek, Somerset County, on January 12, 1858. His father died here 50 years ago and his mother, who was a cousin of former Commissioner Conrad Hahn, passed away in 1899. Mrs. Mary Bader, of the Sixth Ward, is a sister of John Kammer. Frederick Kammer, who died some years ago in Clarion County, this State, was his brother and Mrs. Elizabeth Thom, who expired here, was a sister.
John Kammer and Miss Anna Bauer, the latter of Tyrone, were married in that place 42 years ago and have since resided in Johnstown. Mrs. Kammer survived her husband, with these children: Louise, wife of R. S. Heffley, of buffalo; Gertrude, wife of S. A. Clark, of 307 South street; Esther, wife of A. G. Allendorfer, of 706 Meade street; Henrietta, at home, and W. W. Kammer, of 843 Von Lunen road. In addition to these Mr. Kammer is survived by five grandchildren.
For many years John Kammer was a stonemason and was a member of the firm of Bader, Huebner & Co., a concern that built foundations for many of the business blocks, churches, and residences here following the Johnstown catatrophe of 32 years ago. Eight years ago he was appointed Street Commissioner in place of James M. Bucher, of the Seventeenth Ward, resigned. He was appointed by Mayor Cauffiel. Mr. Kammer was prominent in lodge work in Johnstown. He was one of the oldest members of Cambria Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and has served as its secretary during the last 35 years. He was a member of the General Committee made up of the I. O. O. F. lodges here who entertained the first Grand Lodge session of Odd Fellows in Johnstown.
The deceased was prominently identified with Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he filled various offices since the Johnstown Flood. Shortly after the Civil War he was confirmed by the Rev. Dr. Karl Taubner and was identified with the Sunday School for a long time, having served as its secretary for anumber of years. He became a member of the church choir soon after the Johnstown Flood and has since been identified with that organization. During the pastorate of the late Rev. Paul Glasow, Mr. Kammer served as a member of the Church Council. In addition to his membership in the church he was identified with the Brotherhood of Zion's Church and the Young Men's Society.