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Jefferson Democrat, Feb 7, 1929:

"John Alexander Guffy, born January 1, 1837, and Quiggles Mills, Northumberland county, a son of Alex and Catherine Kelchner Guffy, died Sunday, February 3, at the home of a niece, Mrs. Mary Conser, of Brookville. He had been ill with grip and pneumonia for three weeks.

When a small boy he went to Strattanville and spend some time there until the Civil War, when he enlisted in the band in Amor McKnight's company, 105th Regt. Penna. Vol., later being transferred to Battery B. heavy artillery.

After the war he returned to Brookville, where re remained until 1881. He worked in the stores and at various enterprises. In 1881 he went to Fort Smith, Kan., and took up homesteading, and later went to Eureka Springs, Ark., where he was engaged as a paperhanger and painter. He conducted the Waverly Hotel and Eureka House for ten years. He was married while in Arkansas, no children being born to the union. His wife died there seven years ago.

Mr. Guffy returned to this vicinity May 10, 1925, to make his home with his niece, Mrs. Conser, where he died.

Surviving are four nieces: Mrs. Mary Conser, Brookville; Mrs. Gertie Ray, Clarions; Mrs Ella Smith, Council Bluffs, Ia..; Mrs. Hattie Hoover, Lincoln, Neb.

He was a member of Post No. 6, G.A.R., Eureka Springs, Ark. He had organized bands in Strattanville and Brookville and was a band leader in Arkansas. His father, with James T. Maffet., of Clarion, was one of the "49'ers" who went to Sacramento. Calif., during the gold rush.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Conser home, Rev. A.J. Rinker officiating Members of George T. Rodgers Post, No. 102, American Legion, sounded taps and fired the salute at the grave."

He is buried in the New Brookville Cemetery beside the high school Section J, Row 12.