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Captain George W. Mehaffey Dead

Was a Prominent Business Man of Marietta and Vicinity

Captain George W. Mehaffey died at his home at Marietta at 7:30 o’clock Friday evening. He had been an invalid for quite a time and his death was due to exhaustion. He was born in Marietta, July 29, 1831. His father, who was an extensive lumber dealer, was the only business man in Marietta to survive the panic of 1812. The son received his education at Princeton College, and shortly after graduation engaged in the lumber business on the West Branch of the Susquehanna. In 1865 he purchased and for some years conducted the saw mill which formerly occupied the site of the present Pennsylvania Railroad station at Marietta. He was one of the original stockholders of the First National Bank of Marietta, a stockholder and director of the Exchange Bank of Marietta, and for forty years was a stockholder in the Marietta and Maytown and Marietta and Mount Joy Turnpike Road Companies. Politically he was a staunch Republican. He served as county auditor from 1869 to 1872, and as county commissioner from 1872 to 1875. Locally, he served as Chief Burgess and was a school director for a number of years. He was a vestryman of St. John’s church for forty-one years, and at the time of his demise, and for very many years previously, he was a rector’s warden. He was a delegate to the convention when the Diocese of Pittsburgh was formed, served in the same capacity when the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania was formed, and again at the forming of the Diocese of Harrisburgh. He was actively identified with Sunday School work and one of the officers of St. John’s Sunday School for many years, only relinquising the work when he became unable to attend to it. He was a member of Ashara Lodge, No. 398, F. and A.M.

Mr. Mehaffey was united in marriage with Miss Charlotte Rinehart, who died four years ago. There survive David R. Mehaffey, an assistant engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, now located at the New York Terminal station; Emily, wife of Richard Mott of Burlington, N.J.and Miss Gertrude at home.

1910.7.6 Lancaster Examiner