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Transcribed from the Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, Pennsylvania by The Union Publishing Company, 1896 Page 402
REV. FRANCIS X. TRAXLER, pastor of the church of the Holy Cross, at Spangler, is a son
of Joseph and Mary (Schreiner) Traxler, and was born at Ploess, on the boundary-line between
the kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, and the province of Bohemia, Austro-Hungary, on June 21,
1860. He was reared at his native place until he had reached his fourteenth year, when he
came to the United States, landing at New York city July 4, 1874. In a short time he came to
western Pennsylvania and entered St. Vincent's college at Latrobe, Westmoreland county,
where he applied himself to classical and theological studies. After ten years he graduated,
and on June 20, 1884, was ordained to the priesthood by Rt. Rev. Tobia Mullen, D.D.
Immediately after ordination he was made a pastor of a small Catholic congregation at Blue
Island, Illinois, near Chicago. There he ministered for eighteen months, and then was
transferred to Allegheny City, this State, where he served as pastor of St. Wenceslas church for
nine years. At the end of that time, in 1895, he became the first resident pastor of the church of
the Holy Cross, at Spangler, where he has been laboring ever since.
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