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JAMES, Melville H., Jr.

    Ebensburg Mountaineer-Herald, 2 Aug 1945, Contributed by Lisa Baker

Name:   JAMES, Melville H., Jr.
Age:   34
Newspaper:   Ebensburg Mountaineer-Herald
Obituary Date:   2 Aug 1945
Contributed by:   Lisa Baker

Melville H. James, aged 34, of 812 Franklin street, Johnstown, and well-known at Ebensburg, died at 3:45 o’clock last Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital. Mr. James became unexpectedly ill the previous evening and was removed to the hospital at 7 p.m. He underwent an emergency operation at 10 p.m., but failed to rally.

Melville James, Jr., had resided in Johnstown for the past four years. He was employed in the Johnstown plant of the Bethlehem Steel Company. Before going to Johnstown he was steward at the Penn-Harris Hotel, Harrisburg; steward and manager at the Harrisburg Country Club, and aided in the operation of the Fulton House, McConnellsburg, operated by his father before his death and now ran by his mother, Mrs. --- Vera Williams, of this place. Widely known as a newspaperman, the father, who died in 1934, was at one time publicity director for former Gov. Gifford Pinchot.

Melville James, Jr., was born in Ebensburg on February 14, 1911. He had resided in Harrisburg from the age of five years until the death of his father in 1934. He was a graduate of William Penn High School, Harrisburg, and of State College in 1933. He was a member of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church of Harrisburg.

Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth (Cochlin) James, and one daughter, Barbara Ann. He also leaves his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Williams and an aunt, Miss Verna Williams, all residing at this place.

Funeral services were held at the home of his grandparents Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Rev. John M. Thomas, D.D., pastor of the local Congregational Church, officiated. Interment was in Lloyd cemetery under the direction of the Askew Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Thomas Griffith, Thomas Pearcy, Reginald Tibbott of Ebensburg, and Charles Duncan of Johnstown.


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