Biography of Thomas J. Madill
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Thomas J. Madill, of Spangler, is esteemed throughout the community as a prominent and successful business men. He was born at Anita, Jefferson County, Pa., Aug. 28, 1891, the son of Joseph and E:lizabeth (Cowan) Madill.

Joseph Madill, deceased, was a native of Scotland, and the son of Samuel Madill, who emigrated to this country many years ago and settled in Tioga County, Pa. His son, Joseph, began life as a miner and was promoted through the various positions until he became superintendent of the Bingamon Creek Coal Company, of Worthington, W. Va. He was killed in a mine disaster, March 29, 1924, and is buried at Clarksburg, W. Va. He was a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church. His widow, a native of Scotland, resides at Shinnston, W. Va. To Mr. and Mrs. Madill nine children were born, as follows: William J., lives at Clarksburg, W. Va.; Thomas J., the subject of this sketch; Joseph, lives at Shinnston, W. Va., is a World war veteran, having served in France as a member of the Ordnance Department; Malcolm, deceased; Robert Boyd, attends Morgantown University, W. Va.; Anna, married C. P. Williams, lives at Johnstown; Jean, married C. G. Shaffer, lives at Slickville, Pa.; Hazel, married William Hill, lives at Clarksburg, W. Va.; and Lucille, attends Fairmount Normal School, Pa.

Thomas J. Madill received his education in the public schools of Cambria and Jefferson Counties. He began his business career in the employ of the Vinton Colliery Company at Vintondale, Pa. In 1912 he removed to Saxman, where he was associated with the Greenwich Supply Company as assistant manager. In 1919 he became manager of the Portage Mercantile Company, and the following year went with the Springfield Supply Company at Nanty Glo. In 1922 he was made superintendent of the Ebensburg Sand, Clay and Coal Company, and the following year he became connected with the S. Ewart Company, wholesale grocers of Pittsburgh. In July, 1923, he established the local branch of the Lauderbach Griest Company, wholesale grocers, of which he has served as manager.

In 1914 Mr. Madill was married to Miss Lena Blose, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blose, of Indiana County, Pa. The former resides at Glen Campbell, Pa., and the latter is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Madili have been born three children: Thomas J., Jr., born in 1915; Louise, born in 1918; and Jean, born in 1922.

Mr. Madill is a Republican and served as postmaster at Saxman while a resident of that place. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, a thirty-second degree Mason, and member of the Williamsport Consistory, Jaff a Temple, and Shrine, Altoona. He is active in the Chamber of Commerce and all civic affairs.

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

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