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George Donges
b.7 Apr 1854 , Germany
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Name George Donges
Gender Male
Birth? 7 Apr 1854 , Germany
Marriage 5 Nov 1874 , Somerset, Pennsylvaniato Susan Annie Beal
Death? 15 Mar 1930 Meyersdale, Somerset, Pennsylvania
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    Sudden Passing of George Donges
    Meyersdale Pioneer Businessman Succumbs to Apoplexy at Age of 76

    George Donges, veteran cattleman and pioneer businessman of Meyersdale, passed
    away at 6 o'clock this (Thursday) morning in his home in the Donges building at
    the corner of Center Street and Memorial Square, as the result of apoplexy.
    Mr. Donges was the oldest active businessman in Meyersdale at the time of his
    death. He was up and going until stricken less than 48 hours before his death.
    Tuesday noon he was in the meat market of his son, Edward L. Donges,
    conversing with the latter. After a short conversation he left the market,
    presumably to go to his apartments upstairs. He was apparently in his usual
    state of health when he parted from his son, and that was the last conversation
    any member of his family had with him.
    Since the marriage of his youngest daughter, Mildred, Mr. Donges lived alone
    in his apartments. It was not until 7 o'clock Wednesday morning that he was
    found unconscious in his living quarters. It is supposed that he suffered a
    stroke of apoplexy some time Tuesday evening, but no one will ever know just how
    long he lay unconscious before discovery of his plight was made.
    He showed some slight signs of recognizing those watching by his bedside on
    Wednesday, but he was unable to move or speak. He remained in a state of coma
    until he passed peacefully away on Thursday morning. Undertaker J. L. Tressler
    prepared the body for burial. Funeral services will be held in the apartments
    in which he died at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, after which he will be laid to
    rest in Union Cemetery. His pastor, Rev. J. Luther Frantz, will conduct the
    Mr. Donges is survived by five sons and two daughters, namely, Emily, Mrs.
    Oscar Allen, at present with her husband in Tucson, Arizona; Clay A., of
    Meyersdale; Samuel, Friedens; Edward L., Meyersdale; William, Akron, O.;
    Stewart, Detroit, Mich., and Mildred, Mrs. Adams, of Cumberland, Md.
    His wife, who was Anna Beal, sister of the late Andrew O. Beal of Sand Patch,
    died March 16, 1912.
    Mr. Donges was born at Upper Weimar, Germany, April 7, 1854. He came to
    America at the age of 16 years and had lived in Meyersdale ever since. Three
    older brothers, Frederick, Jacob and Henry, preceded him to this country. Upon
    his arrival here he went to work for his brother Henry who was conducting a meat
    market in Meyersdale.
    He worked several years for his brother, during which time he saved three-
    fourths of his wages until he had enough money to start in the butchering
    business for himself. He proved to be a successful businessman and in the
    course of time became one of the leading butchers and cattle dealers of this
    About 20 years ago he turned his meat market over to his sons, and since
    confined his activities to the buying and shipping of cattle. He bought cattle
    chiefly in West Virginia, and was personally known to nearly all the farmers in
    at least a dozen counties of the Mountain State. Last year he shipped 29
    carloads of beef cattle to Eastern markets, and twice as many the previous year.
    He was not only a good judge of cattle, but a fair dealer. His word was as good
    as his bond with the farmers he dealt with. He also bought and shipped sheep
    and lambs. His transactions in livestock amounted to many thousands of dollars
    Mr. Donges was also enterprising in other directions. In 1904 he built a
    large theatre and business block, known as the Donges Opera House. This was for
    many years the largest theatre in the county. It was destroyed by fire March
    24, 1915, and never rebuilt. Mr. Donges lived, however, to see another fine
    business building erected on the site of the former theatre, a fine gasoline and
    oil service station completed a few months ago and leased to the Sinclair Oil
    Mr. Donges' business career is a fine example of the opportunities that this
    country affords for honest, industrious young men without capital. It was not
    by chance, but by dint of industry, integrity and thrift that the poor German
    emigrant boy became a leading businessman of this community.

    Meyersdale Republican, March 13, 1930