Aug. 19, 1869
"In Loretto, on Wednesday, the 11th inst., Mr. William Ryan Sr., aged about 81. Mr. Ryan was born on Spruce Creek in Huntingdon County, and came to this county when he was a young man, attracted hither, like so many others of our early settlers, in consequence of the erection of a Catholic Church at Loretto, about the year 1800, by the distinguished Dr. Gallitzin, the princely apostle of the Alleghanies. Mr. Ryan was a modest, unassuming gentleman and in all his intercourse with his fellow citizens conducted himself as becomes an honest and high-minded man. How rapidly are the hardy pioneers of Cambria County civilization disappearing from our midst."