George Bruce was for many years a resident of this district, living on the fine property now owned by our excellent friend, Isaah Boucher, but upon his second marriage, about the year 1846, removed to Frostburg where he died in 1853. He too, was a leading man in his day and community, possessing intelligence, sound judgement[sic] and great rectitude. He was emphatically a true man always to be depended upon. Hence the great respect that was shown to him, and he had a just title to it all. He had by his first wife, five children, William A., Elisabeth, George R., Henry B. and John Jesse. The first died in Ohio long since. George R., one of the most splendid young men of the county, died in 1853, in his first thirties. Elizabeth, formerly the wife of the late Norman Bruce, now the wife of __________Dickinson, lives in Baltimore and Henry Basil in Pittsburgh; John J., the Joseph of the family, is a resident of Cumberland, long a prominent man in many of the relations of life, recently elected to the Legislature from Allegany county and prominently named by his party for Speaker. He had also been for several years a contractor on the great Gunpowder Water Works extension in Baltimore. It is a real pleasure in this connection to render a small but just tribute to this old friend. Besides being a gentleman of education and culture, he is by nature solid, decided and immoveable[sic] from the right and just, and a friend that never wavers where friendship is needed and at all deserved. Born within three miles of each other, at times, still nearer in years than miles apart, school associations beginning in the year 1841, in the little log building, at the Stone House under Chas. Slemaker and continuing together at other schools until time for business came. Always friends, without a single break in the long run of a generation and more. The Bruce influence was potent in this county when they were here, but they have all gone from our midst, but their memory is held in high respect by all who are old enough to reach back.
"Brown's Miscellaneous Writings Upon a Great Variety of Subjects: Prepared and Written from 1880 to 1895" by Jacob Brown
Posted June 21, 2013