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KAYLOR, James J.

    Hastings Tribune, 3 Aug 1894, Contributed by Lisa Baker


On Thursday, July 26th, about noon, James J. Kaylor died at his home near Loretto, in the 69th year of his age. He had been ill for more than two years, and his death, while rather sudden, was not unexpected. His funeral occurred on Saturday, when a great concourse of friends and relatives followed his remains to their last resting place in St. Michaelís cemetery at Loretto.

Deceased was one of the best and most widely esteemed citizens of Cambria County. He was born and reared upon the farm where he died, and there spent the greater portion of his life. His early aspirations were fettered by circumstances which surrounded his youth, and circumscribed a career which would otherwise have been much more full of interest, yet his sterling qualities of mind and heart raised him to the foremost place among men of his class in Cambria County, and enabled him to leave behind him a record not only of unsullied virtue and unimpeached integrity, but also of much good done for his fellow men with unselfish motives without hope of reward, other than that which comes from a consciousness of having well performed his part. Part of his early life was spent in teaching school, and from 1856 till 1858 he filled the responsible position of steward of the county almshouse. The rest of his life, as intimated above was spent upon his farm, where his industry and judgment enabled him to accumulate a competence, and his intelligence and uprightness won him the respect and esteem of the whole community. He is widely known through the county as one who was ever ready to champion the cause of the people, and an unrelenting foe of wrong and injustice in whatever guise. After a long life, full of temptations and vicissitudes, he has gone hence, and the record he leaves behind is that of an upright Christian gentleman, a kind father and a good citizen. Deceased is survived by his wife, whose maiden name was Burke, three sons and three daughters. Of the latter, two, Rose and Irene, are at home, and Ida is a member of the order of Sisters of Mercy. The sons are Louis E., at home, Harold G., in business at Johnstown, and Raymond J., the editor of this paper.

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