JACOB SHANK, one of the older residents of Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, who was identified with the commercial and agricultural interests of the county for many years, and who is now living retired from business affairs in Dale borough, traces his ancestry to Germany.
Jacob Shank, grandfather of Jacob Shank, was a farmer by occupation and the proprietor of considerable land in Indiana county, Pennsylvania. He married Jemima , and had children: 1. Lewis, married Anna Lehman. 2. William, see forward. 3. Charles. 4. George. 5. Jacob. 6. Mary, married Jacob Wissinger.
William Shank, second son and child of Jacob and Jemima Shank, was born in Adams township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, about 1807, died about 1860. He was engaged in farming operations all his life, and acquired a tract of land of fifty acres, which he cleared of timber and cultivated very successfully. He was a member of the Lutheran church, and an earnest worker in that denomination. He married Sarah Wissinger and had children: 1. John, married Rachel Costlow. 2. Barbara, married Daniel Stull. 3. ****Esther, married Frederick Emigh. 4. Lewis, married Laura Stull. 5. Jacob, see forward. 6. Samuel, married Susan Miller. 7. Sarah, married Adam J. Fulmer. 8. Rachel, died in early youth.
Jacob Shank, third son and fifth child of William and Sarah (Wissinger) Shank, was born in Adams township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, July 19, 1838. His early years were spent on the farm of his father, and he acquired a fairly good education for those days in the public schools of the district. He was very young when his father died, but as he had assisted him in the management of the farm, he had a good practical working knowledge of farm work, and soon had all matters under complete control, and the farm in a continued state of fine cultivation. By his excellent management he was enabled to add neighboring parcels of land, and the size of the original farm was considerably increased. In addition to general farming he also engaged in stock raising, and this proved an additional and valuable source of income, so that, HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 319
in 1900, Mr. Shank had amassed a comfortable fortune and felt that he might retire from active business life. He accordingly purchased property in Dale borough, where he now (1906) resides, and has a commodious and elegant dwelling. In politics he is a Democrat, and while he resided in Adams township filled the offices of supervisor, school director, also tax collector. He enlisted in the Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers in 1865, serving four months. He sold the coal rights in his land very advantageously in 1898.
He married, September 27, 1860, Mary A. Stull, born in Cambria county, May 31, 1839, daughter of Martin and Martha (Speicher) Stull, and they have had children: 1. Levina; married George M. Herschberger. 2. Izora, married W. H. Bantly, of Johnstown, and has two children: Milton and Nellie. 3. Abner F., married Sarah Keiper, and has one son, Harry. 4. Dr. Orlando J., a physician in Windber, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. 5. Minnie, married J. W. Miller and has two children: Newton and Homer. 6. Sadie E., married John Trotter, of Johnstown.
WILLIAM HARVEY CRUM, a longtime resident of Conemaugh, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, who has held many positions of trust and responsibility in the township, is a representative of a family which has been identified with the history of the county for many years, having been for generations extensive land owners.
Abraham Crum was born in 1810, died in 1875. He was the son of John Crum, and one of seven children: John, Cornelius, Abraham, Kate, Elizabeth, Phoebe and Mary. He was a prominent farmer in Summerhill township. He married Amanda Amigh, born July 27, 1820, one of eight children: John, Uriah, Solomon, George, Elizabeth, Margaret, Ruth A. and Amanda. The children of Abraham and Amanda (Amigh) Crum were: Ozias, Austin, Harvey, Nathaniel, George and Abraham, deceased; William Harvey, see forward; Rebecca, married Silas Plumer; Catherine, married Isaiah Berkey; Elizabeth and Amanda, deceased; Ruth, married Daniel Berkey, deceased; and one died in infancy.
William Harvey Crum, seventh son and child of Abraham and Amanda (Amigh) Crum, was born in Summerhill township, Cambria county. Pennsylvania, August 10, 1863. He was educated in the 398 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
common schools of his native township, and assisted his father in the care and cultivation of the home farm until the time of his marriage. He then entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and for six years had charge of the weighing department and seven years of the trainmen's department. He had the misfortune to fall between two cars at Morrellville, March 13, 1896, and it became necessary to amputate his left leg above the knee. Since that time he has been in the motor power department, and is at present (1906) gang foreman. He has taken an active and beneficial interest in the public affairs of the county, and has held a number of public offices--member of the borough council, six years; justice of the peace, ten years; assessor of Portage township in 1887; and is now serving his second term as burgess of Conemaugh. He is a member of the United Evangelical church, and has been superintendent of the Sunday school connected with it for the past twelve years. His political support is given to the Republican party. He is associated with the following organizations: Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen; Pennsylvania Railroad Relief, and Order of the Maccabees. He is a man of considerable influence in his district, and his council is sought and valued in business as well as political matters.
He married, September 23, 1887, Elfa I. Wright, one of eight children: Olive married Lawrence Nicely; Elfa, mentioned above; Hattie, married Adam Vallance; Elizabeth, married Joseph Hoffman; Frances, married Henry Turner; Kate, married William Knepper; Elmer, married Cora Murphy; Luwella, married John Colbert. The children of William Harvey and Elfa I. (Wright) Crum are: Joseph A., born December 11, 1889; Abraham, January 13, 1890; Homer, June 27, 1892; Hattie, April 17, 1896; and Daniel Curry, October 19, 1906.