Biography of B. Frank Altimus
Cambria County, PA Biographies

B. Frank Altimus, veterinarian, is a substantial and esteemed citizen of Nanty Glo. He was born in Buffington Township, Indiana County, Pa., Jan. 2, 1874, and is the son of Nicholas and Cordelia (Evans) Altimus.

Nicholas Altimus, deceased, wasP a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Indiana County and during his entire life engaged in general farming and stock raising. He died in 1900, and his wife, also a native of Indiana County, died in February, 1912. During the Civil War Mr. Altimus served with Company F, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was a Republican and served as road supervisor of Buffington Township. He held membership in the Presbyterian Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Altimus were born 13 children, as follows: Lincoln, deceased; Sally, lives at Nanty Glo; Curtis, deceased; Nicholas, lives in Jackson Township, Cambria County; Peter, lives at Nanty Glo; Albert, deceased; Catherine, married Jerry McInnes, lives in Armstrong County, Pa.; B. Frank, the subject of this sketch; Mary, married Hugh Tomb, lives in East Wheatfleld Township, Indiana County, Pa.; David, lives at Indiana, Pa.; Edward and Alexander, who live at Nanty Glo; and Carrie, deceased, was the wife of John Mclnnes, Armstrong County, Pa.

B. Frank Altimus was reared and educated in Indiana County, and engaged in farming until 1890, when he settled at Johnstown. He later was employed by Adam Bates, at Armagh, Pa., after which he worked at Ligonier, Ind. After several years he returned to the home farm in Indiana County and later purchased a farm near Twin Rocks, Pa. Mr. Altimus later returned to Johnstown, after which he removed to Pine Flats, Pa., where he established a livery business, which was sold to Frank Williams. He then settled at Nanty Glo, where he purchased the livery business of Edward Singer and Benjamin Roger. After a number of years Mr. Altimus sold this business to Jacob Hines and Edward Burns and engaged in farming near Bethel, Pa. Later he returned to Nanty Glo as manager of the livery business for Hines and Burns. He then bought the livery business of Edward Smith and successfully conducted this until November, 1925.

On Nov. 4, 1897, Mr. Altimus was married to Miss Catherine Lanie, the daughter of Porter and Viola (Crawford) Laney, natives of Indiana County, Pa. Mr. Laney is retired. His wife is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Altimus were born six children: Elsie, married Robert Watson, lives at Nanty Glo, and they have one child, Roberta; Harold, lives at Pittsburgh; Eunice and Walter, Youngstown, Ohio, and Irene and Viola, both deceased.

Politically Mr. Altimus is a Republican. He was justice of the peace and has served as road supervisor. He attends the Baptist Church, and is well and favorably known in the community.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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