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G. C. Graffius

G. C. Graffius, general agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Twin Rocks, is esteemed throughout Cambria County as a substantial citizen. He was born at Houtzdale, Pa., July 14, 1885, and is a son of H. N. and Clara (Hampton) Graffius.

H. N. Graffius, retired, is a native of Huntingdon County, Pa. In early life he was engaged in the lumber business but later worked in the mines of Pennsylvania. He retired in 1920 and lives at Expedit. His wife, also a native of Huntingdon County, died Oct. 21, 1918, and is buried at Franklinville, Pa. Mr. Graffius is a Democrat and for several years served as secretary of the school board of Spangler. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Graffius were born 13 children, as follows: John Howard, lives at Redding, Pa.; William Harry, twin brother of John Howard, lives at South Fork, Pa.; Effie, married James Hetrick, deceased, and later married Theodore Alsops, and they live at Clymer, Pa.; Charles B.; lives in York County, Pa.; Treva Belle, the widow of John Penrod, lives at Lovett, Pa.; Herbert W., a graduate of Dickinson Seminary and the University of Michigan, a teacher of mathematics at Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Hattie Grace, married Alvin Hetrick, lives at Spangler; G. C., the subject of this sketch; Anderson M., lives at Wehrum, Pa.; Mary Alice, a graduate nurse of Spangler Hospital and the Philadelphia Child Clinic, lives at Spangler; Minnie, died in 1898; Edgar and Edna, twins, both deceased.

G. C. Graffius received his education in the public schools of Hastings and Spangler and attended Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport. He lived at Spangler until November, 1911, when he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Barnesboro. The Following year he was transferred to Ebensburg and in 1915 was appointed extra agent of the Cresson division. On April 10, 1916, he opened the station at Loretto, and in September, 1917, was transferred to Twin Rocks as general agent. His home is at Expedit.

In April, 1908, Mr. Graffius was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Smith, the daughter of Isaac and Mary Smith, residents of Barnesboro. They have three children: Edith Olla, was graduated from Ebensburg High School in 1926; Milroy and Ralph DeWayne, both students.

Mr. Graffius is a Republican. He has served as Sunday school superintendent of the Methodist Church at Ebensburg since 1919, and is president of the official board, president of the board of trustees, and assistant to the pastor.

Source: Gable, John E., "History of Cambria County Pennsylvania in Two Volumes Illustrated, Volume Two," Historical Publishing Company, Topeka - Indianapolis, 1926.


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