Philip Daubenspeck obituary
Submitted by Patricia Doverspike Lamb,
possibly a great great great granddaughter
WELL KNOW CITIZEN DIED
Suddenly at His Home On Center Avenue Sunday
Philip Daubenspeck, age 82, a retired farmer and
real estate man, and known throughout the bounds of Pittsburgh synod of the
Reformed church for his benevolences to St. Paul's Orphan's home and other
charitable institutions, died unexpectedly at his home on Center avenue at 6:45
Death was due to infirmities of age and general break down.
Mr. Daubenspeck was able to be out the latter part of last week and attended to
business at the court house only a day or two prior to his death.
The news of his death will be read with surprise and regret by his many friends
in Butler county.
The deceased was born in 1829 in Parker township, Butler county, and was the son
of George and Elizabeth (Barnhart) Daubenspeck,
pioneers of that community.
He obtained a common school education and began life as a farmer, residing,
after his marriage to Miss Nancy Scott, in Parker
township until 1882 when he removed to Butler and purchased a home on Center
avenue, in which he lived until his death.
He was one of the largest real estate owners of the First ward and became
wealthy though early investments that greatly enhanced in value as the city
increased in size.
Mr. Daubenspeck was a member of St. Paul's Reformed church its largest
contributor at the time the church was built. It was also through his generosity
the congregation was enabled to repair the building at a cost of over $2,000.00
a year or two ago.
He will be remembered principally for his benefactions to St. Paul's Orphan's
home when that insitution was located in Butler and was one of the leaders of
the movement in 1906, when the property was sold to the East Oakland Land
company, to retain the home in the Butler district.
The amount of charity bestowed among the poor and unfortunate of the commuinity
will never be known.
Politically Mr. Daubenspeck was allied with the Prohibition party. He took
active interest in public affairs and aided every movement that tended to the
betterment of the community. He was held in high esteem by every one for his
innumerable charities, his honorable business career and his clean Christian
life, and his death will be regardd as a distinct loss to the community.
Surviving him are his wife and the following brothers and sisters: Abraham
Daubenspeck, of Parker township, George F.
Daubenspeck of Butler, Jacob Daubenspeck of
Bruin, Mrs Susan Harper of Jennette and Mrs
James D. Gibson of Butler.
Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and
will be in charge of Rev. D. N. Harnist pastor of
St. Paul's Reformed church.