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Mears, Jacob Fisher

    Johnstown Tribune, 09 Aug 1920, Page 17, Contributed by Sharon Trosan

Johnstown Tribune; Monday, Aug 9, 1920 p17

Portage, Aug. 9--After an illness of two days, Jacob Fisher Mears died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maude Border, with whom he made his home. He was past 76 years of age, having been born near Catawissa, Pa., April 29, 1844. Jacob Mears was the oldest son of Dr. George and Mrs. Delilah Mears, and the last of the family of six brothers to pass away, the youngest brother, Samuel, having died in Johnstown last February.

When Jacob Mears was 16 years old, Dr. Mears moved his family to the Broad Top coal region where he and his son engaged in the coal business, the partnership continuing until the death of Dr. Mears in 1879, after which Jacob Mears and his brothers continued the business for some time. Mr. Mears later disposed of his interests and moved to Portage, where he has resided ever since.

Dr. Mears, father of Jacob Mears, was engaged in the lumber business in Cambria County for a number of years following the Civil War. The firm of Mears & White were pioneers in the lumbering business in the vicinity of the Frankstown road, the mill being located about two and one-half miles south of Portage. The oldest house in Portage was built by the firm of Mears & White, about 56 years ago. The house stands on South Railroad street and was first used for the company's store and home of the manager.

Jacob Mears and Miss Melissa Ammerman were united in marriage April 25, 1869, five children being born to the union. He is survived by four children: Mrs. Maude Border, widow of Henry D. Border, mentioned above; Miss Adah Mears, a graduate of the Woman's College Hospital, Philadelphia, and a nurse in that city; Miss Clara D. Mears, a teacher in the East Conemaugh public schools, and Albert Ammerman Mears, Portage, a telegraph operator for the P.R.R. One daughter, Virginia, preceded the father to the grave. Mrs. Mears died August 9, 1893. In addition to the above named, Mr. Mears is survived by nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.

For a number of years Mr. Mears was a member of the Bedford Lodge of Free Masons and on moving to Cambria County secured a transfer intending to become a member of the Ebensburg lodge, but before he took the contemplated step, his papers were destroyed in a fire which consumed his home and he neglected to have them duplicated.

During his residence in Portage, Mr. Mears made many friends who will miss him. Despite his advanced age and, in later years, the misfortune of almost total blindness, he daily moved about the streets and exhibited a keen interest seldom seen in a man of his years in the important events of the day.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, services in the Lutheran Church, of which he was a member. Interment will be made in the United Brethren Cemetery in Wilmore.

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