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SHRYOCK, William Lewis

    Johnstown Tribune, 14 Aug 1903, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury


George K. Shryock, of the Fifth Ward, this morning received a telegram from his sister, Mrs. Jordan P. Pringle, of Reno, Nev., advising hime that their father, William Lewis Shryock, had died in that place Wednesday and that she had started for Johnstown with the body. No particulars were given, but it is known that Mr. Shryock was a sufferer from kidney trouble and that probably caused his death. He was almost eighty-four years old and had gone to Nevada in May of last year, his son George making the trip with him.

William L. Shryock was a son of the late George and Elizabeth Lewis Shryock and was born in Hagerstown, Md., August 31, 1819, his father having been a native of Westmoreland County, who later moved to Maryland. Mr. Shryock was reared and educated in Hagerstown, coming to Cambria County in 1839, and entering the store of Buck & Co. Later he and his brother the late John K. Shryock engaged in the mercantile business for themselves, selling out to associate themselves with George S. King and David Stuart in the building of the Cambria Furnace on Laurel Run, a charcoal furnace. He was prominently connected with the furnace business with the gentlemen named until 1846, when he purchased Shade Furnace in Somerset County, which he operated until the Tariff disturbance of 1849, when he failed in business. The following year he became Superintendent of the Millcreek Furnace, at that time operated by George S. King and Dr. Schoenberger. He managed this furnace for them until it was absorbed by the Cambria Iron Company.

The company, recognizing his ability in the iron business retained him as Superintendent until 1858, when the county furnaces belonging to the Cambria Iron Company were all closed. After two years as bookkeeper of the Johnstown Mechanical Company, Mr. Shryock became manager of the Indiana Furnace in Indiana County. He remained there until 1869 when he accepted accepted the position of clerk and bookkeper [sic] for the Johnstown Water & Gas Company, which position he filled so acceptably that when he retired on account of ill health a short time prior to going West he was continued on the pay rolls of the company until his death.

William L. Shryock and Miss Nancy M. Royer were married January 25, 1844, in this city, and eight children were the fruit of their union. Mary died in 1861 while a child. Robert H. in 1884, and Ada L. Shryock in 1900. The survivors are Frank R. Shryock, of Denver, Col.; Emma, wife of Jordan P. Pringle, of Reno, Nev., at whose home the deceased died; George K. Shryock, President of Johnstown's Select Council, James W. Shryock, of Pueblo, Col., and Samuel R. Shryock, of Steamboat Springs, Col. He is also survived by one brother, Benjamin and one sister, Mrs. Eliza McKee, both of Apollo, Ill. He has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Shryock died in April 1901.

Mr. Shryock was a member of the First Lutheran Church for many years and held various offices in the church. He was formerly a member of the Odd Fellows.

The funeral arrangements are not known yet, because the time of the arrival of the body here in indefinite, but it is expected to arrive Monday and interment will be made in Grand-View Cemetery.

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