Saturday, April 12, 2008


Sampson Sharp

The East Liverpool Tribune

At the age of 83, Sampson Sharp, for more than 30 years a resident of this city died Monday night (Feb. 26, 1906) at the home of his son, George Sharp, in Jonesville, Minn. where he had been living for the past three years. The end came at 7 o'clock and was due to a stroke of paralysis following a brief illness.

Word of his death was telegraphed to the Morning Tribune by the son, George H. Sharp, a few hours after it occurred, but the message was not delivered at this office until the next morning. The message stated the cause and hour of death, and that the remains would arrive at East Liverpool Wednesday evening.

Mr. Sharp was a native of England, but came to America at an early age. He worked in the coal mines for several years in his mother country and was said to be exceedingly well posted in mining. He came to Pittsburg first upon his arrival and latter went to Salineville, where he uncovered the first coal ever mined in that community. He was a promoter of the Salineville mine and was a citizen of that town for 29 years.

From Salineville he came to East Liverpool, engaging in the cola business with Joseph Turnbull, long since deceased. The headquarters and coal yard of the company were for several years located at the foot of Washington street, subsequently the company dissolved partnership. Mr. Sharp opened up offices at the foot of Broadway and on the Horn switch. Business reverses later compelled home to relinquish his occupation for another. He found employment at the Brunt and K. T. & K. Potteries company as a night watchman, being in the employ of the latter firm last.

He was a man of vigorous vitality and was remarkably well preserved up to his 80th year, when he was able to get around with the agility of one of twenty or thirty years younger. He was temperate in his habits and to this he was often wont to ascribe his health and longevity. All who knew him respected him and the news of his death was learned with feelings of regret.

He is survived by the following children: George of Jonesville, Mich.; Mrs. Sarah Maple of Allegheny; Mrs. Lizzie Watkins of Connellsville, Pa.; Mrs. Anna Rhodes of Waynesburg, O,; James Sharp; of this city.

Worshipful C. H. Schell of Riddle lodge No. 315, F. & A. M. received a message yesterday from the master of the Jonesville, Mich., Masonic lodge, also announcing the death of Sampson Sharp, and stating that their lodge would escort his remains to the train and that his son, George H. Sharp and family, of Jonesville, would accompany the remains to the city.

A special meeting of Riddle lodge was called last evening for the purpose of making arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Sharp. As the lodge had previously made arrangements for a session commencing at 4 o'clock this afternoon, it was decided that the lodge would adjourn and meet the remains at the station on the arrival of the evening train, and escort their deceased brother to the lodge room, where the remains will lie in state under Masonic guard until 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, when Masonic funeral services will be held, conducted by Worshipful Master Schell.

A most cordial and hearty invitation is extended to all friends of the late Mr. Sharp, and especially to all older residents of East Liverpool to attend the funeral services at the Masonic lodge room.

Mr. Sharp having no immediate relatives living in the city at this time to whose home his remains could be taken, it was thought most fitting that they should be taken to the Masonic lodge room, where Mr. Sharp was a most frequent attendant.

Interment will be made at Riverview cemetery in the family lot where the beautiful Masonic burial services will be observed.

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