Biography of Grorge F. Guyer
Cambria County, PA Biographies





George F. Guyer, station agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad at Spangier, is a member of an honored pioneer family of Pennsylvania. He was born near Woodbury, in Bedford County, Pa., Jan. 4, 1869, and is a son of Jacob S. and Amanda Jane (Feaster) Guyer.

Jacob S. Guyer was born near Alexandria, Pa., Nov. 29, 1844, and his wife was a native of Bedford County, Pa. Mr. Guyer was a farmer during his entire life and was extensively engaged in stock raising on his farm of 144 acres in Bedford County. He was a Republican and a memher of the Brethren Church. He died in 1917 and is buried at New Enterprise!, Pa. His first wife, Amanda Jane (Feaster) Guyer, died Aug. 19, 1876, leaving four children: George F., the subject of this sketch; Anna V., married William K. Stern, lives near Roaring Springs, Pa.; Alverda, the widow of A. W. L. Brown, lives at Altoona, Pa.; and William Edward, de ceased. Mr. Guyer was later married to Miss Susan E. Taylor, who died Aug. 4, 1897, leaving four children: Charles Elmer, an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad, lives at Altoona; Clarence F., lives at St. Louis, Mo.; Mary Jane, deceased; and Pearl Elizabeth, deceased.

William Guyer, founder of the Guyer family in western Pennsylvania, emigrated to this country from Germany in 1754 and settled near Chambersbury. He had four sons: George, William, Jacob and Henry. Adam Guyer, son of Jacob Guyer and grandfather of George F. Guyer, settled at Morrison Cove, Pa., known in the early days as Pattonville, now Lloysburg. He was a minister and farmer and died in 1872.

George F. Guyer grew up in Bedford County, attended the public schools and Juniata College. He then taught school for eight terms and in May, 1902, entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Patton as a clerk. Eight months later he was appointed agent at Frugality, Pa., and two years later was transferred to Cherry Tree, and from there to Vintondale in 1905. In 1907 Mr. Guyer was appointed extra agent of the division and served in that capacity until. 1915, when he was appointed agent at Spangler.

On Feb. 28, 1892, Mr. Guyer was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Jane Machtley, the daughter of John F. and Amanda (Allison) Machtley, natives of Bedford County. Mr. Machtley was a Civil war veteran. lie took part in the battle of Gettysburg and was with Grant's army when General Lee surrendered. Mr. and Mrs. Machtley are deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Guyer five children were born: Thomas Wesley, born July 30, 1893, married Harriet Emanuel of Patton, and they have one son, Robert; Odessa Pearl, married James Bendle, lives at Brownsville, Pa., and they have one child, Ellen Louise; Dorothy May, married John F. Hoye, lives at Brownsville, and they have two sons, William Francis and Thomas Milton; Mary Elsie, lives at Brownsville; and Catherine Gertrude, at home.

Mr. Guyer is a Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cresson, and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is well known in the community and is highly esteemed.


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

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