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Subject: [PACLEARF] CLEARFIELD REPUBLICAN - March 28, 1902 - McGAUGHEY
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 00:25:37 -0500
CAPTAIN McGAUGHEY GONE.
ANOTHER OF CLEARFIELD'S FOREMOST CITIZENS GONE.
Was One of the Most Popular Men in the County. He had a Splendid War
Record. Was Wounded at Second Battle of Bull Run. County Treasurer
Captain David McGAUGHEY, veteran of the Civil War, ex-County Treasurer
and successful lumberman, died at his residence, corner of Second and
Cherry streets, Saturday morning, March 22, 1902, at 5 o'clock, of
Bright's disease, aged 66 years.
He had been in bad health for about two years, suffering from kidney
troubles. Last fall he recuperated and his friends were hopeful of
his recovery. A few weeks ago he again took his bed and passed away
as above stated.
Captain McGAUGHEY was one of Clearfield county's foremost men of
affairs and was one of the most deservedly popular. Possessed of a
remarkably genial temperament, quiet and unobtrusive, yet firm in his
convictions and honest as the day is long, to know him was to respect
him; to know him well was to admire and rejoice to call him friend;
once his friend always his friend, and to-day every person who had the
honor of his friendship during the forty odd years he lived in
Clearfield county mourns his death
David McGAUGHEY was the fifth child and second son of Thomas and
Elizabeth McPHERSON McGAUGHEY; born near Dayton, Armstrong county,
March 3, 1836. His boyhood days were spent in the vicinity of his
birth until 1856, when he came to Clearfield county to work for his
brother John, then running the old McPherson tannery on South Second
street. He continued with his brother until the breaking out of the
Civil War in 1861, when he enlisted with his brother William in
Company C., Captain J.O. LORAINE, Fifth Pennsylvania Reserves.
This regiment was one of the first to go to the front. The deceased
proved a gallant soldier and quickly rose from the ranks to Sergeant,
then to Lieutenant and Captain, and when discharged was brevetted
Major. He was wounded at the second battle of Bull Run and at
Spottsylvania. The wound received in the latter battle was from a
minnie ball which struck him on the head, crushing the skull. He was
taken from the field to Washington, where he was found several days
later lying wounded unto death in a small hotel by his brother John,
who hurried there from Clearfield.
John remained with his wounded brother at the little hotel four weeks
nursing him back to health sufficient to bring him home.
After regaining his health Captain McGAUGHEY started a photograph
gallery in this place, following that business until the early
seventies, when he purchased the Second street restaurant, remaining
in charge of the same until the fall of 1875, when he was elected
County Treasurer on the Republican ticket over the late J. Blake
At the expiration of his term Captain McGAUGHEY went into the lumber
business as a member of the firm of Leavy, Mitchell & Co. The other
partners were James L. LEAVY, James MITCHELL, W.R. McPHERSON and John
MITCHELL. He remained in this organization several years. He then
became a member of the lumber firm of A.W. Lee & Co., Clearfield
Lumber Company, Limited; George M. Dimeling & Co., operating at
Kerrmoor, Portersburg, Belsena, Lawshe, Vintondale, Cambria county,
and in the South. All these enterprises were successful and Captain
McGAUGHEY became one of the rich men of Clearfield.
Besides his lumber operations the deceased was a director of the
Clearfield National Bank and also of the Clearfield Trust Company,
He remained a bachelor until----- 1897, when he was married to Miss
Carrie BAIRD, of Osceola, who survives him, as does his brother John,
now the only member of his father's family left.
A short time ago he joined the Presbyterian church. He was also a
Mason of high standing. The funeral took place from his late
residence Wednesday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev.
J.M. WADDELL, of the Presbyterian church. Attending the funeral were
friends from all the surrounding towns. All the men from the Lawshe
mill came down on a special and marched in the procession in a body.
The men from the Woodenware works did the same. In honor of his
memory the Clearfield National Bank, the Trust company, the Woodenware
works and the Electric Light works closed during the funeral hours.
Interment in the new cemetery.
An additional article ---
The following resolutions were passed by the Directors of the
Clearfield National Bank on March 24, 1902:
RESOLVED, that whereas Captain David McGAUGHEY, who has been a
Director of this Bank for many years, has been called from time to
eternity, we hereby express our sense of the loss which has been
sustained by this institution and by the community.
He was distinguished by his clear and unclouded judgment, his
unbending integrity and his broad and generous consideration of the
rights of others. These high qualities were coupled with such quiet
and unobtrusive manners that only those who came in closest contact
with him and knew him best fully realize the full measure of his worth
as a man and citizen.
Thomas H. MURRAY
R.H. SHAW, Directors
H.S. WHITEMAN, Jr., Cashier
Gloria Butler Davis
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