George H. Masters, superintendent of the real estate department of the Bethlehem Steel Company, is a prominent
citizen of Johnstown and a member of one of the city's oldest and most highly esteemed families. He was born in
this city, Sept. 17, 1861, and is the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Shaffer) Masters.
Joseph Masters, deceased, was a native of Cambria County. He was born in a log cabin, May 22, 1834, the son of
George and Sarah (Custer) Masters. George Masters was born on the old Masters farm in Pennsylvania, near Somerset,
in 1812 His son, Joseph, was educated in the district schools, and when a boy of 16 years learned the blacksmith
trade. Joseph Masters served Cambria County as associate judge from 1882 until 1887 and was the last and only associate
judge of the county when he died. He later engaged in the flour and lumber business with the Boston Company, later
known as the Cambria Iron Company. He remained in the employ of this company throughout the remainder of his life,
and became superintendent of lands and dwellings for the Cambria Steel Company, which was known as the Midvale
Steel and Ordnance Company and is now the Bethlehem Steel Company. Mr. Masters died July 4, 1918, and his wife
died Sept. 6, 1923. They are buried in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown. To Mr. and Mrs. Masters were born the following
children: Anzanetta, married J. W. Wonders, lives in Johnstown; Emma, married Samuel S. Greer, lives in Johnstown;
Kate, married Ellsworth Kunkle, lives in Johnstown; Lillie, married John C. Spence; Sarah, married H. B. Clough;
Cora, married W. R. Berkybile; George H., the subject of this sketch; Albert, lives in Johnstown; and W. Frank,
lives in Johnstown.
George H. Masters received his education in the schools of Johnstown and attended Mt. Union College. He began his
business career with the Cambria Steel Company in 1876 as a laborer and was employed by this company for many years
in various capacities. He later engaged in the real estate business until 1912, when he was made superintendent
of the real estate department of the Bethlehem Steel Company.
On July 11, 1889, Mr. Masters was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Ann Lewis, of Millville, Pa., the daughter
of Ananiah and Ann Lewis, natives of Wales and early settlers of Cambria County. Mr. Lewis served throughout the
Civil war and died Oct. 22, 1921. His wife was drowned in the Johnstown flood. They had five children: Mrs. Masters;
John W., lives at Lorain, Ohio; Morfydd, lives with the Masters family; Thomas Henry; and Savannah, deceased. To
Mr. and Mrs. Masters five children were born: (1) Harold, lives in Philadelphia; (2) Edith, at home; (3) Nana,
married Evan Lewis, lives in Johnstown, and they have five children, William, George, John, Mary Jane, and Janett;
(4) Lewis, a veteran of the World war, lives at home; and (5) Marion, a teacher in the Johnstown public schools.
Politically Mr. Masters is a Republican. He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated
with the Knights of Pythias. He has served as justice of the peace in the old Coopersdale Borough, and as the first
alderman in the Twenty first Ward. He is now shade tree commissioner of Johnstown, serving his second term, and
is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and has always been interested in civic affairs.
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Cambria County Pennsylvania Biographies
Names A to F
Names G to M
Names N to Z
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