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Philip Harpst

died 16 Oct 1898   


Read obituary of his wife, Sarah Cole Harpst


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  Philip Harpst 

Death of Philip Harpst 

                Philip Harpst died at his residence in Vallonia at 4 o’clock p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, aged 85 years, 4 months, and 1 day. The deceased was born near Tyrone, Huntingdon County, this state, and was the son of Daniel Harpst a soldier of the Revolutionary war a member of Gen. Wayne’s Pennsylvania brigade.

                The subject of this notice came to Meadville in the spring of 1839 by stage from Stormstown Centre County, and has resided here ever since. He lived to see Meadville rise from a small village to a flourishing city. He was a shoemaker by trade but has not applied his trade for many years. He was high constable of Meadville in 1847.

                Philip Harpst was always a very patriotic man and was ever on hand on the Fourth of July or other days when demonstrations were to be made and was found among the canoneers firing the salutes. It was during one of these occasions July 4, 1858 that he was crippled for life losing three fingers by the premature discharge of a cannon on the old fair grounds, near where the Erie depot now stands. He was ramming a cartridge home when it exploded, carrying him, ramrod in hand, some fifteen feet. From the effects of this shock he never fully recovered.

                Mr. Harpst served as a tipstaff in the court house in Meadville for upwards of 40 years. He was an uncompromising Republican, and was always found at the polls on election day. He held a number of offices of trust in Vallonia where he resided for the past 30 years. He was the father of 11 children, six of whom are now living. His wife Sarah Cole Harpst, died last May in the 85th year of her age, a notice of which was published The Tribune at the time. By the death of these aged people two more of the early pioneers of Meadville have passed away.

Meadville Evening Republican Oct. 17, 1898.

Submitted by Dan Fay



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