Biography of Howard M. Picking
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Howard M. Picking, well known funeral director of Johnstown, located at 429 Somerset Street, is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born in Somerset County, Sept. 1, 1873, and is the son of Jacob and Mariah (Imhoff) Picking.

Jacob Picking, who lives retired in Somerset County, has been identified with the business interests of that county for many years. He engaged in the mercantile business and conducted a hotel. To Mr. and Mrs. Picking the following children were born: B. J., lives in Johnstown; Howard M., the subject of this sketch; Joseph, a farmer, lives in Somerset County, Pa.; Florence, at home; Jacob, Jr., engaged in the drug business, Somerset, Pa.; Marian, married Curtis Grove, lives at Somerset, Pa.; and Robert, lives in Philadelphia.

Howard M. Picking spent his boyhood in Somerset County and received his education in the public schools. He entered the employ of the Cambria Steel Company at an early age and remained there until 1909, when he engaged in the undertaking business in Johnstown. He also conducted a livery until 1920. Mr. Picking's funeral home is modern in its appointments and he ranks among the reliable business men of the community.

On Dec. 8, 1897, Mr. Picking was united in marriage with Miss Mary M. Davis, a native of Somerset, Pa., born Dec. 12, 1873, the daughter of Wesley W. and Lydia (Witt) Davis. Mr. Davis, a veteran of the Civil War, died May 28, 1897, and his wife died Oct. 8, 1894. They had three children: Harry B.; Mrs. Picking; and George, who died at the age of 14 years. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Picking, as follows: Mary Louise, born Feb. 8, 1899; Madeline, born April 30, 1902; Lydia Adelaide, born Sept. 8, 1904, a trained nurse; Howard M., Jr., born March 17, 1908; and Ronald D., born Aug. 24, 1910.

Politically, Mr. Picking is a Republican. He is a member of the First Christian Church and is active in church affairs, being deacon and Sunday school superintendent. He is also affiliated with the Masonic Lodge.

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

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