Monday, October 13, 2008

John H. Short - Obituary

John H. Short
East Liverpool Tribune

This gentleman died at his home on McPherson street, Pittsburg, Monday evening, April 8, after about two weeks illness and absence from his business. He was superintendent of the machinery and electrotyping department at Wm. G. Johnston& Co.’s., Printers, Ninth & Penn Ave., Pittsburg, Pa., where he has been employed for thirty-four years. When the publisher of this paper went to work for above firm, at 57 and 59 Wood street, in 1870, John Short was engineer. When the electrotyping department was added in 1872, Mr. Jamison, an expert electrotyper, was brought on from Boston, and John Short soon mastered the business, of which he became the head a year or so later. He was a most faithful and competent man, and made many personal friends in the years he came in contact with the patrons of the house he served so long. He was born in Allegheny county, and when the call for soldiers came in 1862, he enlisted in Co. E. 140th Penn. Vol., and served in the same regiment with Messrs. Robert and John W. Hall, of this city, with both of whom he was well acquainted. He was so badly wounded in the desperate battle at Spottsylvania Court House, that he lost a foot. He was a member of G. A. R. Post No. 88, and the U. V. Legion No. 1. He leaves a wife and three sons. His position at W. G. Johnston’s will be taken by Mr. Wi? Murphy, a nephew of T. B. Murphy, of this city, who was errand boy at Johnston’s when the writer was there over thirty years ago. Mr. Murphy has been Mr. Short’s assistant for many years, and his promotion is on of merit. Mr. Short’s funeral occurred Thursday afternoon, form his home East End, Pittsburg. The Odd Fellows Lodge, of which Mr. Short has been secretary for many years, had charge of the services.

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