James Eckels, who died at his home in West Taylor Township Friday night, was born in Huntingdon County June 6,1863, and was a son of James H. and Maria Seeley Eckels, of the same township. He was a brother of Elizabeth, wife of Edward Bush, and Nannie, wife of David Gordon of West Taylor Township, and Mrs. Joseph Gilkey, of Morrellville. Besides his parents and sisters, Mr. Eckels is survived by his wife, whose maiden name was Nora Ruth, and a daughter Miss Rose Eckels. Mr. Eckels was a brakeman on the Cambria railroad a long time ago and had both legs cut off by the cars a few years before the Great Flood of 1889. Since the Flood he had been watchman for the Cambria Company at Laurel Run. The funeral too [sic] place at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, when interment was made in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Benshoff Hill.
Source: THE JOHNSTOWN TRIBUNE (Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania) Monday Evening, 7 December 1903, “The Death Roll,” page 3, column 6; Cambria County Public Library, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.