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L. H. Meckley

L. H. Meckley is among the enterprising and successful young business men of Expedit and a veteran of the World War. He was born at Mahaffey, Clearfield County, Pa., Nov. 6, 1895, and is the son of Harry and Emma (Wentzel) Meckley.

Harry E. Meekley, deceased, was a native of Mehaffey, [sic] Pa., and the son of James P. and Mary Elizabeth Meckley. The former was prominent in the lumber business in Clearfield County during the early days and was identified with Diamond Brothers on the Susquehanna River. His son, Harry E. Meckley, learned telegraphy and was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company until 1898, when he enlisted in the army and served in Cuba. After his discharge he returned to Mehaffey [sic] and entered Westchester State Normal School, from which he was graduated. He again became connected with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as agent at Vintondale, and in 1904 was transferred to Ebensburg, where he served in the same capacity until his death, April 28, 1914. Emma (Wentzel) Meckley, who was born in Clearfield County, Pa., was later married to Harvey Eargood, and they reside at Troutville, Pa., where he is a coal operator. To Harry E. and Emma (Wentzel) Meckley two sons were born: Wade James, born in 1891, lives at Wandon, Pa.; and L. H., the subject of this sketch.

L. H. Meckley attended the schools of Mehaffey [sic] and Ebensburg and after his graduation from high school in 1914 entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Ebensburg as a clerk in the freight department. In April, 1917, he was transferred to Vintondale, and in August of that year accepted a position with the West Virginia Pulp and paper Company at Tyrone, Pa., as cost accountant. On April 24, 1918, he volunteered for service in the World War and was sent to Fort Thomas, Ky., where he was assigned to Company Headquarters, 52nd Infantry, 6th Division. He saw active service in France during the Marne and Meuse-Argonne engagements, and was gassed. He was discharged as a first sergeant at Camp Dix, N. J., July 27, 1919. Mr. Meckley returned to his former position at Tyrone andin1921 went to Vintondale, where he was connected with the Vinton Colliers as paymaster and cost clerk. He became identified with the Cupp Grocery Company of Johnstown as store manager in 1924 and in December, 1925, was appointed manager of their store at Expedit.

In 1917 Mr. Meckley was married to Miss Priscilla Daly, the daughter of John William and Jane Ann (Roe) Daly, natives of Tioga County, Pa., and residents of Vintondale. Mr. and Mrs. Meckley have a daughter, Jane Ann, born in September, 1921.

Mr. Meckley is a Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ebensburg. His father was affiliated with the F. A. M. No. 312, Ebensburg, Williamsport Consistory, 32nd degree, Jaffa Temple and Shrine Club of Altoona, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ebensburg.

Source: Gable, John E., "History of Cambria County Pennsylvania in Two Volumes Illustrated, Volume Two," Historical Publishing Company, Topeka - Indianapolis, 1926, p. 1175.


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