History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its pioneers and prominent men.
Chicago: Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1884, 780 pgs.
CHARLES LONG, M.D.
THERE IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF CHARLES LONG, M.D.
Joseph Long, the progenitor of the American branch of this family, was a native of Switzrland, and came to America about 1740, and settled near Hagerstown, Washington county, Maryland, where he reared his family, and where some of his descendants still reside.
In the advanced years of his life, he migrated with a portion of his family to the wilds of Southwestern Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of Shirleysburg, Huntingdon county, where his son David married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob Snoeberger/Snowberger, a minister of the Seventh-Day Baptists church of Morrison Cove.
David became the father of nine children, viz: Jacob, Susannah, Barbara, Elizabeth, Catherine, Nancy, David, Esther and Joseph. A few years after his marriage he removed to Bedford county, and located on the farm of his father-in-law, near Baker's Sumit, where he died in 1848.
Jacob was born in Huntingdon county, May 3, 1799, and on reaching manhood chose farming as a vocation, and located in South Woodberry township, this county.
Though passing his days in quiet upon his farm, never seeking public honor, he became one of the best and most favorably known citizens of the township in which he resided. Being largely philanthropic, and public-spirited to a high degree, he stood ever ready to further enterprisxe for the good of the community in which he resided.
Deeply interested in education, he early championed the cause of the free-school system, and deposited the first ballot cast in his township in its favor. He served for many years in the capacity of school-director, and his counsel and advice served to adjust many difficulties. The old-time teacher and pubils well remember his smiling countenance.
Not satisfied with the opportuniities afforded in the then existing free schools, he sent each of his sons to boarding-schools and had them all liberally educated.
Hospitable, generous, a man of excellent judgment, one in whom his neighbors imposed implicit confidence, he was called upon to adjust the settlement of many estates, and much of the time in his riper years was given to this service. Ever ready to adopt any important improvement in the methods of husbandry, he was one of the firs to use lime as a fertilizer in his community.
He was an earnest and consistent member of the Seventh-Day Baptists church, and departed his life March 24, 1882, at the ripe age of eighty-three years.
He was married to Salome Confer, who still survives him in the ninety-fourth year of her age. They became the parents of nine children, viz: Nancy, David C., Elizabeth, John, Jacob, Barbara, Joseph C., Charles and Gideon.
Charles Long, who was born September 12, 1841, aspired to a profession, and pursued his academic education at Cassville Seminary, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, and at the State Norman School at Millersville, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. After teaching in the public schools some years he began the study of medicine with Dr. Samuel H. Smith, Woodberry, Pennsylvania, and graduated in the medical epartment of the Union University at Albany, New York, in 1867.
He immediately began practice at New Enterprise, where he still resides. In the winter of 1869-70, he attended a course of medical lectures at Bellevue Meical College, New York, whre he received an ad eundem degree.
The doctor possesses the respect and confidence of the cititzens of the village and community in which he resides; an extensive and onerous as his professional duties are, his energies have not alone been directed to his profession.
He is the found and projector of notably worth enterprises, in his resident village, among which are the "La Clede Literary," "Home Circulating Library," the consittution of the Independent school district, and the establishment of a graded school. The doctor's energy and talents, in the vigor of manhood, promise him a useful future.