Charles H. Stroup, a prominent citizen of Johnstown, is a member of a well known pioneer family of Cambria County.
He was born in this city, Feb. 6, 1870, and is the son of Daniel and Catherine (Steiner) Stroup.
Daniel Stroup, deceased, was born in Philadelphia. In 1850 he came to Johnstown with Benjamin Hinchman, and they
were the first masons and bricklayers in the city. For many years Mr. Stroup was identified with the Cambria Iron
Company. He died in April, 1890. He was a. Whig when he came to Cambria County and became a Republican when that
party was organized. He was a member of the Universalist Church and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His wife
died Nov. 11, 1911. To Mr. and Mrs. Stroup the following children were born: John M., died in 1907; Daniel W. and
James, deceased; Sally, died in 1889, during the Johnstown flood; Sherman T., died in 1918; Charles H., the subject
of this sketch; George and Millard, both deceased.
Charles H. Stroup received his education in the schools of Johnstown and attended Bennett & Greer Business
College. He entered the employ of the Cambria Iron Company at an early age, where he learned the bricklayer's trade.
Following the Johnstown flood he engaged in the contracting business until 1917. Mr. Stroup organized the Elton
(Pa.) Lumber and Supply Company in 1924 and is its vice president.
On Nov. 21, 1895, Mr. Stroup was united in marriage with Miss Adelia Manges, who was born in Bedford County, Pa.,
July 28, 1869, the daughter of Abraham and Adelia (Campbell) Manges. Abraham Manges was born in Bedford County,
Pa.,! April 22, 1842, and his wife was a native of Ireland. He served throughout the Civil war as a member of Company
H, Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was seriously wounded and was taken prisoner. Mr. Manges was
a pioneer employe of the Cambria Iron Works. He died April 26, 1907, and his wife died Dec. 22, 1907. They were
the parents of five children: Mary, deceased; Elizabeth, twin sister of Mary, is the widow of Seth Haskings, lives
at Wheeling, W. Va.; Mrs. Stroup; Clifford B., deceased; and J. Floyd, lives at Youngstown, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Stroup have one son, Dr. Horace Clefford Stroup. He was educated and graduated in the schools of Johnstown
and Lehigh University, and in 1917 volunteered for service in the World war. He served with Company G, Twenty eighth
Infantry, First Division, and was in active service in France for 26! months. He was discharged Aug. 1, 1010. In
1925 he was graduated from Hahnamann Medical College and has since engaged in the practice of his profession in
Johnstown. He was married Nov. 5, 1920, to Miss Hazel Sails, of Burlington, Vt!., and they have a son, Richard
Horace, born Dec. 7, 1924.
Charles H. Stroup is a Republican, a member of the Lutheran Church, Knights of Pythias, Elks Lodge, and Patriotic
Sons of America. He is accounted one of the reliable business men of Cambria County and has a wide acquaintance.
Mr. Stroup served in 1914, an unexpired term, of Mr. Miltenberger on the Planning Commission, and in this responsibility,
as in all others placed upon him, he labored at all times to secure the greatest amount of good to the greatest
possible number of his fellow citizens. He supported the movement to give the people of this city the benefits
for the future of a thorough survey of the present as a basis for a comprehensive plan and report. He persistently
urged the improvement of the Point as a civic center. These proposed improvements, when officially adopted, necessitated
the selection of planners to perform the surveys and he helped to organize this work on a practical basis.
In November, 1917, Mr. Stroup was elected a member of the Johnstown City Council, and this commission compelled
him to resign as a memher of the planning body However, he maintained his interest in the City Planning Commission.
As the president of the Municipal Recreation Board he was largely instrumental in placing recreation under proper
supervision and directing this important work for the benefit of all the people of Johnstown. Mr. Stroup, with
Thomas Nokes, Charles H. Meyers, secretary of the school board, Harry Hesselbine, and Anderson H Walters, organized
the Municipal Recreation Board in 1918, this being the foundation of public recreation under municipal control,
and Mr. Stroup was president by reason of his office as superintendent of parks and public property.
During the World war Mr. Stroup was a Four Minute Man, and holds a Certificate ofHonor in recognition of loyal
and devoted service as a FourMinute Man of the Committee on Public Information.
In November, 1923, he was elected to the Johnstown School Board for a six year term and has served from the beginning
as a member of the building committee, throughout the extensive building program of the board of education, which
erected the Cochran Junior High School, Central high School, and the Garfield Junior High School, besides several
new grade school buildings. He is also chairman of the textbook and supply committee, which has charge of all furnishings
of all new school buildings as well as the old ones. He is chairman of the proposed college extension course connected
with the schools of Johnstown.
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Cambria County Pennsylvania Biographies
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