Biography of George H. Masters
Cambria County, PA Biographies

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
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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