Joseph S. Cauffiel, Mayor of Johnstown

Joseph S. Cauffiel, Mayor of Johnstown

Native of Jenner Township Somerset County, in Business Here 40 Years


Thrice Mayor of Johnstown; Had Been in Ill Health for Years

Joseph Caufllel, aged 61 years and nine months, who held the, distinction of thrice being Mayor of Johnstown, and who was engaged in business here for the last 40 years, died at his residence, 412 Coleman Avenue, Seventeenth Ward, Johnstown, PA at 1 o'clock Saturday evening, 9 Jul 1932. Mr. Caufiiel's health had been impaired for a year or so, but he was able to be about within the last few months. He was under the care of local physicians and a Baltimore specialist.

Joseph Cauffiel, seventh son of Daniel M. and Mary (Hammer) Cauffiel, was born October 8, 1870, on the Cauffiel farm near Forwardstown in Jenner Township, Somerset County, where he attended the township schools for a number of terms during the winter months and was enrolled in Normal Schools of Somerset County during the summer months. He was working on his father's farm in January, 1892, when he went to Pittsburgh and matriculated as a student at Iron City Business College. Four months later he returned to the city and engaged in the real estate and loan business with his brother, S. H. Caufiiel, the firm having opened an office on the third floor of the Dibert building, Main and Franklin streets. This firm existed until 1902, when S. H. Cauffiel withdrew to engage in the coal business. Since then. Joseph Cauffiel had conducted the business on the second floor of the Dibert building.

Ancestors Were Scotch-Irish.

The ancestors of Joseph Cauffiel were Scotch-Irish, the first of the family having come to this country in 1638. The deceased's great-great-grandfather, John Cauffiel, had in his possession a family Bible that is now over 400 years old. It has been in possession of the subject of this sketch for a long time. The great-grandfather of Joseph Cauffiel and three of his sons were killed by Indians, and his widow is claimed to have been the first white woman to cross the Allegheny Mountains. John M. Cautfiel, grandfather of Joseph Caufiiel, was a farmer in Westmoreland County. He had three sons, James, Edward, and Daniel Mattock Cauffiel, the latter being the father of Joseph Cauffiel. James Cauffiel, brother of Edward and Daniel M. Cauffiel, served as a private in the Civil War. Daniel M. Cauffiel was born in Westmoreland County on September 7, 1819, and died near Forwardstown, March 1, 1899. He helped to build charcoal furnaces in this vicinity many years ago and later became a farmer. His wife was Mary Hammer, daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth (Barefoot) Hammer. Mrs. D. M. Cauffiel passed away a few months after the death of her husband.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Caufliel were the parents of eight sons and three daughters, all of whom have passed away except John Cauffiel, of Benscreek, intermarried with Rachel Rhodes; S. Hammer Cauffiel, of Moxham, intermarried with Elizabeth Keim; Mrs. Mary Jane Thomas, of near Glessner, and Mrs. Elizabeth Slagle, of the Seventeenth Ward. Alexander Cauffiel, the youngest of the sons, died in Jenner Township about 10 years ago. His widow was formerly Lucinda Rhodes. Daniel Caufiiel, who was named for his father, died in Wilmington, Del., in January, 1931, and James Caufliel expired in Toledo, 0., last August. Daniel Cauffiel's wife was formerly Elizabeth Leventry, and James Cauffiel's wife was formerly Jennie Sellers, sister of Mrs. Joseph Cauffiel. Two other sons died in infancy and Anna Belle Cauffiel, one of the three daughters, died at the age of 16 years.

Married at Indiana.

Joseph Cauffiel and Miss Rebecca Brinton Sellers, daughter of Frederick Sellers, of Cramer, Indiana County, were married in Indiana, PA, on June 15, 1898, and went to housekeeping in Morrellville. They later located on Somerset street, Fifth Ward, and from there they went to Moxham. Mrs. Cauffiel was a former school teacher in this vicinity. She survives her husband with a son, Meade Cauffiel, who was married recently in Washington, D. C., to Miss Clyde C. McKenzie, and four daughters - Miss Margaretta Cauffiel, supervisor of kindergarten work in the Friends' School, Baltimore; Miss Helen Cauffiel, a teacher in the Cochran Junior High School, Eighth Ward; Miss Eleanor Cauffiel, a senior at Hood College, Frederick, Md., and Miss Elizabeth Cauffiel, a student, at Cochran Junior High School.


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