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Subject: Re: [PACAMBRI] Philip Hartman obituary from Tribune Newspaper:comments
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:26:55 -0400 (EDT)
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Thank you very much. He doesn't seem to connect to any of the Hartmans I am looking for, although the Hartman in St. Boniface was also named Jacob Hartman [like Philip's brother.]
The Webster Mining Company was the original mining company at Hastings. The Pennsylvania Railroad built a line in 1889 [past what would become Hastings] to an area called Webster Mines. The school located there was originally called the Webster Schools.
The majority of the original skilled mining employees [including some miners and storekeepers] in the Hastings area came from the Houtzdale and Oscela Mills area as those mines were beginning to be mined out.
Webster Mines also had mines at Ambsry [near Gallitzin].

Marilyn Kline Washington

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From: Janet L. Gray <>
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Subject: [PACAMBRI] Philip Hartman obituary from Tribune Newspaper

source: Johnstown Tribune December 14, 1914


Proprietor of Merchants' Hotel - there 11 years; 75 years old

Special To The Tribune
South Fork, Dec. 14 - Philip Hartman, 75 years old, for 11 years proprietor of
the Merchants' Hotel here, died of complication of ailments at 8:30 o'clock
Saturday evening. The obsequies will take place tomorrow morning, when a high
mass of requiem will be celebrated in St. James Catholic Church by the Rev.
Father Quinn. Interment in the church cemetery will be in charge of Undertaker

Before getting into the hotel business , Mr. Hartman was interested in coal
mining plants. At one time he was General Superintendent of the big coal mining
property at Ehrenfeld. He followed coal mining in Clearfield and Huntingdon
counties before coming to Cambria County and will be remembered by miners all
over District no. 2 U.M.W. of A.

Philip Hartman was the son of Lawrence and Catherine (Cramer) Hartman and was
born in Prussia October 2, 1839. He was brought to this country by his parents
in 1840, locating at No. 6 [Plane of the] Old Portage Railroad. Philip Hartman at this time was
only 6 months old. He received his education in the common schools when a school
term only consisted of three months. He left school at the age of 17 years and
began working as a driver in a coal mine. In a short time he was given a room
and worked steadily as a miner until 1859, in which year he went to Broad Top,
Huntingdon County, at which place he followed mining for six years. In 1865 he
removed to Osceola, Clearfield County, where he secured and held the position
of weighmaster for four years at a coal mine. From Osceola he went to Houtzdale
in 1870 and was employed for the first two years as a tracklayer in a extensive
coal mine and for two years longer in doing carpenter work. In 1874 he was
selected as Superintendent of the Houtzdale mines of the Webster Coal Company,which position he held continuously until
1883, when he moved to Ehrenfeld this county, to open mines and superintend the
opening of what are known as the mines of the Pennsylvania Coal and Coke

Philip Hartman was married June 8, 18_9 to Miss Bridget Leech, a daughter of
Lawrence Leech of Ireland. Their children living are: Mrs.Margaret Rockwell of
South Side, Johnstown; Miss Josephine Hartman employed in the office of Rother &
Company, Johnstown; Mrs. Bart Leonard, Misses Sarah, Louise and Nell May Hartman
all of South Fork. Three grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters
also survive: Jacob Hartman of Johnstown, Henry Hartman of McKeesport; Mrs.
Isadore Simendinger of Ehrenfeld and Mrs. Lawrence Simendinger of Pittsburg.

In politics, Mr. Hartman, was a Democrat and he was a member of the Catholic
Church. Mr. Hartman was postmaster of South Fork for three years. In Houtzdale,
he was a member of the first town council, serving six years. He had been a
member of the Croyle Township School Board for several years. He was also
identified with building and loan associations and other business activities.

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