of Captain William F.
Captain William F. Harpst, one of the oldest Civil War veterans in
Mercer County, being in his 95th year, died Saturday afternoon
at his home in Greenville after a long period of invalidism.
Captain Harpst was born at Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa., in July
1837, and when an infant was brought to Meadville by his parents, the late
Philip and Sarah Harpst. At the age of 14 he entered the office of the
Cussewago Chronicle, a weekly paper, to learn the trade of a printer. At
the age of 24 he enlisted as a union soldier, and remained in the service
until the close of the war in the Spring of 1865. He resumed his work
along the newspaper lines, and finally located at Greenville, being
connected with the Argus, a weekly newspaper, and the year 1877 started
the Daily Progress, a Democratic newspaper, which finally became a weekly
publication, which he edited for many years.
Captain Harpst has held the office of Jury Commissioner. He was a
prominent in military matters for a long time, being interested in all
that pertained to the welfare of the Grand Army of the Republic and
kindred organizations. Surviving are his second wife and three daughters:
Dr. Blanche Harpst, Duquesne, Pa., and Mrs. Alice Norosely and Mrs. Grace
Hepfinger, both of Cleveland; also one brother, Frank Harpst, of
Meadville. Among other surviving relatives is a niece, Mrs. John A. Yocum;
Catherine Street, this City.
Funeral from the home at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Interment
in the Shenango Valley Cemetery.
Sept. 26, 1931.
Tribune Republican Sept. 28, 1931.
by Dan Fay