Biography of W. H. Paul
Cambria County, PA Biographies

W. H. Paul, secretary and treasurer of the Paul Plumbing and Heating Company, is a progressive business man of Johnstown. He was born at Summerhill, Cambria County, June 4, 1870, and is a son of Elias and Maria (Pringle) Paul.

Elias Paul, deceased, was a native of Cambria County and a veteran of the Civil war. He was born in Jackson Township, Aug. 8, 1834, the son of Samuel and Susan (Eiler) Paul. Elias Paul was born on a farm and began life as a teacher in the district schools of Cambria County. He later entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad as passenger and freight agent at Summerhill. In 1878 he removed to Johnstown, where he conducted a general mercantile business for two years. He then became associated with the Cambria Steel Company, in whose employ he remained continuously until 1908, when he retired and removed to Altoona, Pa. He died Aug. 2, 1917. In February, 1869, Mr. Paul married Maria Pringle, the daughter of Samuel Pringle, of Summerhill, Pa. She died in 1903 and with her husband is buried in Grand View Cemetery, Johnstown. During the Civil war Mr. Paul served in the Independent Battalion, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was a member of Emory Fisher Post No. 30, Grand Army of the Republic. He was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years and held membership in the Franklin Street Methodist Church. To Elias and Maria (Pringle) Paul were born seven children: Laura J., the widow of S. A. Hill, lives in Johnstown; James L., lives in Chicago, Ill.; Samuel W., lives in Johnstown; Anna, deceased; W. H., the subject of this sketch; J. Wallace, an attorney of Johnstown, died in 1919; and Rev. D. Melroy, a minister of the Methodist Church, Monessen, Pa.

W. H. Paul attended the public and high schools of Johnstown and at an early age learned the plumbing trade with the Cambria Steel Company. He was associated with Flynn Bros., plumbers, of Johnstown, until 1903, when he went to Somerset, Pa., with P. A. Schell. Three years later he returned to Johnstown, where he was connected with the Johnstown Supply House until 1909, at which time he engaged in business with August Riddle, organizing the plumbing firm of Paul & Riddle. In 1912 G. B. Roudabush purchased Mr. Riddle's interest in the business, which was afterwards known as Paul's Plumbing and Heating Company. In 1920 the business was incorporated under the laws of Pennsylvania and the following officers elected: G. B. Roudabush, president; George Rinkenberger, vice president; and W. H. Paul, secretary and treasurer. In 1921 a modern two-story building was erected by the company, which is located at 811 Railroad Street. The Paul Heating Specialty Company is also operated by this concern. They are dealers in Dunham specialties in vacuum and vapor heating.

In 1894 Mr. Paul was united in marriage with Miss Emma Burke, the daughter of Cyrus and Susan (Butler) Burke, both deceased. Mr. Burke was born at Middletown, Pa., July 6, 1837, and was a pioneer settler of Johnstown. He married Miss Susan Butler of Johnstown, who died Feb. 6, 1911. He died April 1, 1914. Both are buried in Grand View Cemetery, Johnstown. In 1861 Cyrus Burke enlisted in Pittsburgh as a private in Company G, Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves, under the captaincy of John B. Brookbank, but in October, 1863, was transferred to the Sixth U. S. Cavalry. He was taken prisoner during the battle of Gettysburg and served three months in Libby Prison. He took part in a number of important engagements, including Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Spottsylvania, Wilderness and others. To W. H. and Emma (Burke) Paul four children were born: Ralph E., born in 1895, a graduate of Johnstown High School, and World war veteran, lives in Johnstown, married Marian McConaughy, of Ligonier, Pa., and they have two children, Ralph E. and Natalie; Edna Pearl, a graduate of Johnstown High School, married D. W. Hanson, lives in Johnstown, and has two children, Delber and Eugenie O.; Edgar E., a twin brother of Edna Pearl, died in infancy; and Susan O., lives at home.

Politically Mr. Paul is a Republican. He is a member of the Franklin Street Methodist Church, Knights of Pythias, Loyal Order of Moose, Sons of Veterans, and Kiwanis Club. He is identified with the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics, the Johnstown Association of Credit Men, the Chamber of Commerce, and the P. H. C. He and his family are among the substantial and highly respected citizens of Cambria County.

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

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