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VARNER, Jacob G.

    Johnstown Tribune, 28 Dec 1906, Contributed by Sharon Trosan

Johnstown Weekly Tribune on Friday 28, December 1906.

Jacob G. VARNER, who was stricken with paralysis at his home in Elton last Friday, died at 10:30 Tuesday night, Aged seventy-seven years. Mr. Varner was in Johnstown last Friday and seemed to be enjoying good health. That night he was stricken, and did not regain consciousness. The funeral will take place at 9:30 O'clock this morning from the United Evangelical Church at Elton. The services will be in charge of the Rev. J.H. Boozer. The remains will be laid to rest at the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Jacob G. Varner was born in Richland Township. He was the son of Samuel S. and Mary Ann Giffin Varner, deceased, two of the pioneer residents of Conemaugh Township. Cambria County, where they died many years ago. Jacob G. Varner was the brother of Stephen R. Varner of Wesmont; Mrs. Jacob C. (Ella) Stineman, Mrs. Frederick (Nancy) Croyle, and Mrs. Richard (Lavinea) Wells, all of South Fork.

The deceased and Miss Lydia Strayer were married in this vicinity over fifty years ago. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Josiah (Polly) Grumbling, of Richland Township, and by five sons - Sylvester of Conemaugh; Martin L. of Dale Borough; Samuel and Grant, at home in Elton and Irvin of Windber. Together with thirty-three grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Emmanual Varner, one of his sons, died about a year ago.

Mr. Varner spend the greater portion of his life in Richland Township, where he engaged in farming. He was a Republican all his life and served as Justice of the Peace, Road Supervisor, and School Director in that township for a number of years. He retired from the farm four years ago, and has since been living in Elton. During the rebellion, Mr. Varner served as a private in Company A, One Hundred and Seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was a member of the Emory Fisher Post No. 30 of the G.A.R. of this city. Mr. Varner was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Association and at the time of his death was the President of the Board of Trustees of the United Evangelical Church at Elton.

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