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Former Morrellville Man Found Dead in Bed at His Home This Morning
(The Johnstown Tribune, June 14, 1932)

George Wesley Nipps, aged 72 years, a former well-known resident and churchman of Morrellville, was found dead in bed at his home, 314 Grove avenue, Moxham, by a member of the family when she went to his room to call him to breakfast at 7:30 o'clock this morning. Mr. Nipps had suffered from heart and kidney trouble for about 13 years, but was not compelled to remain in bed. He retired about 9:30 o'clock last night and did not complain of being ill at that time. Dr. W. M. Kuhlman was called soon after his body was found in this morning and said that Mr. Nipps' death was due to a heart attack. He probably had been dead for an hour or so before the family found him, the physician said.

George Wesley Nipps was born in the vicinity of Belsano, this county, on February 7, 1860, a son of John and Catherine (Reed) Nipps, the latter a relative of Judge Samuel L. Reed of Ebensburg. He was the youngest of a family of eight children and is the seventh of the number to pass away, his surviving brother being Samuel Nipps of Glassport. Another brother was John Nipps, jr., who passed away near Belsano, where three sisters, Mrs. Mary Grove, Mrs. Margaret Adams and Mrs. Susan Black, also died. Two other sisters were Mrs. Bella Grove, who died in Moxham, and Mrs. Sarah Shinafelt, deceased, of Ebensburg.

Mr. Nipps and Mrs. Cora Conrad were married 45 years ago at the John Conrad home near Dilltown, Indiana County, by the Rev. A. B. Runyon, of the Baptist denomination. They located in Morrellville soon after their marriage and remained there until 1917, when they removed to Ferndale, remaining in that district a year or so before locating in Moxham. Mr. Nipps was a heater for the Cambria Iron Company and the Midvale Steel & Ordnance Corporation before leaving the plant in 1919 on account of his health. Many years ago Mr. Nipps joined the Methodist Church in Belsano and was active for many years in Calvary M. E.'s activities while a resident of the Morrellville district. He was one of the officers of the church there and was active in Sunday School work for a long time. He joined the Moxham congregation soon after leaving Morrellville and was affiliated with the Men's Class in the Sunday School of the Grove-avenue charge. Mr. Nipps was identified with Morrellville Circle, P.H.C. and was one of the charter members of Morrellville Lodge I.O.O.F., now merged with Moxham Lodge.

Funeral services will be held at the Grove-avenue M.E. Church at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon by the Rev. W. L. Hogg, the pastor, and the Rev. C. W. Hartung, formerly located in Moxham, now in Beaver Falls. Both ministers are at Bellevue, Pittsburgh, attending the annual session of the Pittsburgh Conference of the M.E. denomination, but will motor here on Thursday morning for the funeral services. Three members of the Men's Class of the Moxham Sunday School and three members of the I.O.O.F. Lodge will serve as pallbearers. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Nipps survives her husband with a son, W. E. Nipps, of 212 Charles street, intermarried with Agnes Shaffer, and a daughter, Miss Verna Nipps at home. Three other children - John, Catherine and Estella Nipps - preceded him to the grave, all of them passing away during his residence in Morrellville.

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