Queries Received from Members and Others

If you have any information on the following queries, please email the person who submitted it.

If you would like to submit a query, please email it to johnstownroots@aol.com

I am searching for and hoping you may have access to the obituary for Hugh F Rafferty who died 14 Oct 1928.  His obituary was to have been published in the Johnstown Tribune on 15 Oct 1928 and 23 Oct 1928.  He is interred in St Bartholomew Catholic Church Cemetery, Wilmore, Cambria Co, PA. Thank you for your help in this matter.  My e-mail is as follows:  mimibmw@comcast.net

Betty Walter


I am hoping you could help me or point me in the right direction in obtaining any info on a company I am researching. The company was called Atlas Hospital Equipment Company. 

It was located in Windber and I contacted the museum there but did not get a reply so I thought I'd contact you.

 I am finding very little about them and it doesn't seem that they are in business anymore. They made metal hospital furniture. I've been trying to track down any catalogs they made and would like to know what dates they were in business. I don't live close enough to be able to visit myself so I thought I'd email.

Thanks in advance,


Hello from Perkasie, Pennsylvania!

I was wondering if your organization could help me. I am trying to find death records for my great great great grandfather, Joshua Kelly. All I know is that he died in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1856 and was born in 1805. He listed his trade as a blacksmith in the 1850 census, and at the time of his death was married to Susan Chilcote Cornelius Kelly. Also at the time of his death he had three sons and three daughters.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much and looking forward to hearing from you,


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