Biography of P. F. Campbell
Cambria County, PA Biographies





P. F. Campbell, city engineer of Portage, is a highly esteemed and widely known citizen of Cambria County, where he has lived since 1892. He was born in Scotland, March 16, 1868, and is the son of Francis and Jane (McGilligan) Campbell.

Francis Campbell was born in Ireland in 1822. He was a miner and in 1880 emigrated to this country and settled near Houtzdale, Pa., where he died in 1890. His wife, also born in Ireland, died in 1886. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were members of the Catholic Church. They had the following children:

P. F. Campbell received his early schooling in Scotland and later attended the schools of Clearfield County, Pa. He worked nights and studied mathematics with the help of William Devitle, of Altoona. Mr. Campbell became interested in civil engineering and spent some time at Hastings, Pa., in that field of work. He was later connected with the United Colleries Company of Philadelphia as an engineer. Since about 1910 he has held his present responsible position as engineer of Portage. Mr. Campbell also does general mining and civil engineering work throughout this section of the state.

On Nov. 24, 1890, Mr. Campbell was married to Miss Catherine Murphy, of Maryland, the daughter of John and Sarah Murphy. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Portage. To Mr. and Mrs. Campbell the following children have been born: Sadie, a graduate of Portage High School, assistant cashier of the Miners & Merchants Deposit Bank, Portage; Josephine, married John B. Watson, lives in Washington, D. C.; Raymond F., a graduate of Portage High School and a World War veteran, having served in France with the 604th Engineers, married Miss Monica Schrift, lives at Portage; John M., a graduate of Portage High School, lives in Detroit, Mich.; Patricia, a graduate of Portage High School, employed in the First National Bank, Portage; James, a graduate of Portage High School, teaching in the township schools; and Francis, a student.

Mr. Campbell is a Democrat, a member of St. Josephs' Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, and Loyal Order of Moose. He is prominent in Portage and the surrounding community.

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

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