Pen Pictures of Friends
and Reminiscent Sketches

 

by John N. Tillard

 

Published 1911 by

William F. Gable & Co.

Altoona, PA.

 

Edition Limited to 500 Copies

Mirror Press

 

A Project of Blair County PA USGenWeb Archives

Copyright 2003.  Contributed by Judy Banja

 

J. N. TILLARD

 

Tombstone Photo, Oakridge Cemetery, Altoona

 

Author's Foreword

 

  Upon dropping a policeman's baton to take up a reporter's pencil some three years ago, my editor, Mr. Harry L. Johnston of the Altoona Mirror, suggested that I might venture a little way out and make a few character sketches of the men in the community, in all walks of life, who had impressed their personality upon the time.

  The following pen pictures were the result.  In writing them, I drew the portraits as they appeared to me, without flattery, but with a sincere desire to be truthful and accurate.  With an exception or two, they were all living men at the time of the writing, and I hope they have received some little enjoyment out of the nosegay handed them while they were yet on earth.  Some of them have since been gathered to their fathers, but the articles now appear as they were originally written.

  Some of my friends have been kind enough to suggest that they were worth preserving in more durable form; hence this little volume.

J. N. Tillard, December 1, 1911.

 

Pen Pictures of Friends

 

 

Andrew J. Kipple

Time Has Dealt With Him Kindly

 

 

Thomas Durbin Hughes

Durb. Hughes, Acute Discriminator

 

 

Prof. W. W. Osborne

Has Taught Three Generations

 

 

Robert D. Steel

Robert Steel, Railroad Builder

 

 

Joseph Terrence Brown

Eventful Life of Joseph Brown

 

James B. Bowles

Fifty Years a School Teacher

 

 

John Peter Levan

Life's Cares Lie To the Rearward

 

 

Blain McCormick

Varied Career of Blain McCormick

 

THE POWER OF A SMILE

 

There's a wondrous lot of power

  In an honest, wholesome smile;

It often starts a blessing

  That will travel for a mile.

Why, when hearts are sad and heavy

And the days are dark the while,

  You can notice that things brighten

 From the moment that you smile.

 

What the rose is to the bower,

  What the jewel to the ring,

What the song is to the robin

  In the gladsome days of spring,

What the gold is to the sunsets

  That oft our souls beguile,

All this, and more, to people

  Is the blessing of a smile.

 

When you see a face that's saddened

  By the cruelty of strife,

Into which have come the wrinkles

  From the toils and cares of life,

Just send a ray of sunshine

  To smooth its brow awhile,

And bestow a passing blessing

  By the giving of a smile.

 

By B. W. BURLEIGH - Advance

 

Jacob White

Jacob White, Inland Sailor

 

John H. Law

Splendid Type of Self Made Man

 

 

Rev. Philip Bannon Clifford

P. B. Clifford, Preacher and Mechanic

 

 

D. Thomas Kantner

Geneal "Father Tom" Kantner

 

 

William F. Gable

Pen Picture of William F. Gable

 

 

Samuel M. Griffith

He Worked His Way to the Top

 

John K. Hamilton

Scions of the House of Hamilton

 

 

Benjamin Stein

"Uncle Ben" Stein Plays Vesper Tunes

 

 

Prof. David S. Keith

Creative Genius and Organizer

 

 

Frank McGuire

Frank McGuire, Molder and Merchant

 

 

Gottlob Hausser

Thinker, Teacher

 

John P. Lafferty

An All-Around Man of Affairs

 

 

Robert F. Bankert

Soldier, Citizen and Friend

 

 

Nicholas J. Mervine

Wrought Righteously and Well

 

 

William C. Brennecke

Billy Brennecke, Farmer's Lad

 

 

George Metz

A Typical American Citizen

 

Fred Duany

Fred Duany, Cuban Patriot

 

Jerry Davis

Great Enough to Grasp Content

 

 

Martin H. Mackey

Helped To Make Our City of Homes

 

 

Alexander Kerr

One of County's Pioneer Railroaders

 

 

Fletcher E. Meek

Famous Singer of the Olden Time

 

 

Dr. S. M. Sellers

Druggist, Jeweler and Sportsman

 

 

Dr. J. A. Rohrer

Has Made Pain a Pleasure

 

Conrad Knepley

A Railroader of Ye Olden Time

 

 

Alexander Scheeline

The March of a World's Citizen

 

Wesley H. Schwartz

From Canal Driver to Editor

 

 

Robert McBurney

He is Faithful in All Things

 

John Travis

A Philosopher With a Level Head

 

 

Dougle McCartney

Life of Thrilling Experiences

 

 

John Rodgers Fraser

He Made the New Land His Own

 

 

Charles F. Carpenter

Found Fame in Sporting World

 

 

Walter J. Hamor

The Bright Side of City Hall

 

 

Maj. John R. Garden

Father of Local Militarism

 

 

Bascombe M. Blake

He Has Moved the Town Along

 

 

Frederick Hesser

A Representative Citizen

 

James A. Black

A Long Time Citizen of the Town

 

 

L. F. Hinman

Pioneer of The Produce Business

 

 

Samuel A. Gailey

Superintends Our Water Department

 

 

Maj. Robert B. Adams

The Dean of Hotel Clerks

 

Thomas Coleman

The Terror of the Valley

 

"Aunt Sallie" Boyles

Sunny, Cheery Nature

 

Sketches of Early Local History

 

  AUTHOR'S NOTE - The following articles were written for the Altoona Mirror at odd times, several years ago, the subject matter having been gleaned by the author partly from various publications; partly from the folk lore stories he heard told in the old Pottsgrove flour mill during his childhood, and partly from personal recollection.

J. N. Tillard

December 1, 1911

 

Some Local Mineral History

Timber Wasted That Would Be Valuable Now

Corn Huskings of The Long Ago

Famous Mills That No Longer Exist

Clearing the Forests That Once Covered This Section

An Old Time Business That Is About Extinct

Making New Counties In The Olden Times