Since today is President's Day, it seems fitting to share information about the death of a family member who was named for George Washington and who shared a birthday, February 22, with the father of the country.
Participant Dies Suddenly After Parade
One participant in Saturday afternoon's parade, George W. Peight, aged 71, of 419 Cherry avenue, a retired machinist of the Altoona works, died of a heart attack while watching the firemen's demonstration at the Cricket field following the parade.
Mr. Peight marched in the parade in a high silk hat, waving a policeman's night stick and handcuffs. He collapsed at the Cricket field and was removed to the Altoona hospital where it was found death had already ensued, Deputy Coroner Edgar G. Walls reported.
Mr. Peight was born in Altoona on Feb. 22, 1878, a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Peight, and retired from the railroad company service on Jan. 1, 1943 after more than 47 years employment.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary E. (Burns) Peight; one step-son, Calvin Baird of Mill Creek; an adopted daughter, Katherine Peight of Altoona; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Deshong and Mrs. Alice Beck, both of Altoona.
He was a member of the Fourth Street Church of God. Friends will be received at the Axe funeral home.
August 15, 1949