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Old Timers 1906

(Glimpses of prominent Frackville citizens from the borough's early days)


JOHN C. McGINNIS, president of the First National bank of Frackville, was born in Pottsville, Dec. 18, 1857. His parents, Henry and Mary (Flanigan) McGinnis, were natives of County Down, Ireland, where the father followed his trade of weaver. For a number of years prior to coming to America he was in the employ of the Moreland Linen Manufacturing Company at Belfast and Downpatrick, the company being still in existence.

In 1853 the family came to this country and located at Pottsville. The father was employed at that place until March, 1863, when he went to Big Mine Run, near Ashland, where he continued to live until death in 1885 at the age of eighty years. He and his wife had nine children, six of whom grew to maturity. Elizabeth married Nicholas Schu and is now deceased; Celia is the widow of John Murphy; Edward enlisted at the beginning of the Civil war in Company E, 48th Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, was captured during the siege of Petersburg, and died in prison at Salisbury, N.C.; James is deceased; and Henry H. and John C. reside in Schuylkill county.

John C. McGinnis was educated in the public schools of Butler township, and at the age of seven began working about the mines. He was promoted through the intermediate positions from breaker boy to superintendent, holding the latter position for thirteen years at the Cambridge mine in Shenandoah. In 1903 he became interested in bituminous mining in Cambria county, as a stockholder, and was subsequently elected secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Cambridge Bituminous Coal Company, a position he still retains.

He is also interested in the Cambridge Slate Company, Slatington, of which he is a director and secretary. In 1883 he took up his residence in Frackville, where he was one of the founders of the Broad Mountain Building and Loan association, organized in 1887, and has been president since 1895.

When the First National bank was organized on Sept. 5, 1905, he was elected president, and has held this office since.

Mr. McGinnis is a Republican and active in promoting the welfare of his party. He was for seven years a justice of the peace, and is serving his second term as a member of the Frackville council. He is a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church, and is a liberal contributor to its charities.

Jan. 7, 1885, Mr. McGinnis and Miss Katie C. Deehan were united in marriage. She is a daughter of Bernard and Catherine (Egan) Deehan, of St. Clair. They became the parents of seven children. Mary is deceased and those living are Ida, Harry, Marguerite, Helen, Bernard and Clement.

[This article can be found in "1906 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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