Biography of Mark Marcella
Cambria County, PA Biographies





Mark Marcella, retired, is a substantial and highly esteemed citizen of Johnstown, where he was prominent in the hotel business for many years. He was born at St. Mark, Italy, April 24, 1870, the son of Michael and Columba Marcella. Mr. Marcella died in 1879, and his wife died in 1905.

Mark Marcella spent his boyhood in his native land, and in May, 1884, emigrated to the United States, arriving in New York with but $4 in his pocket. He remained for three months in New York and made his living by selling produce. He then went to Derby, Conn., where he was employed by a railroad. However, he later returned to New York, but soon went to New Jersey, where he was employed on public work. Mr. Marcella endured many hardships and privations during the early years of his residence in this country, and was employed at various trades, including that of barber. He was employed as a laborer by the Pennsylvania Railroad at Cresson, Pa. He was also engaged in the general mercantile business at Cresson, where he spent about 20 years. He then disposed of his business interests there for $20,000, a store and barber shop, and established his residence in Johnstown as proprietor of the Rathskeller Hotel, which he conducted in a most successful manner until November, 1909, when he retired. He resides in the Marcella House, a hotel owned and operated by his son.

On Sept. 20, 1892, Mr. Marcella was united in marriage with Miss Annie Merow, who was born in Germany in 1869. To them three children were born. Clara, born at Cresson, Pa., married Clive Seibert, lives in Johnstown, and they have a daughter, Edna; Russell, born July 16, 1897, died in an automobile accident, April 20, 1920. He was a veteran of the World war, having served with the Fifth Artillery, First Division, in France. He was a member of the American Legion. (3) Raymond, born May 1, 1905, engaged in the hotel business in Davisville, Pa. Mrs. Marcella died in November, 1909.

Mr. Marcella is a Republican, a member of the Catholic Church, Elks Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, Eagles Lodge, and Woodmen of the World. He and his family are favorable known in Johnstown and have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.


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

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