Monday, March 31, 2014

5) John Peter Sharp - Master - 1888, 1889, 1898, 1899

This is a work in process; the following information has been gathered so far:

Mar. 27, 1842
Harrison County
Ohio, USA
Feb. 9, 1905
Kittitas County
Washington, USA


Senator John P. Sharp died at his home here at 11:10 Thursday morning [February 9, 1905]. The hopelessness of his case had been foreshadowed in The Capital, but his death was hardly expected so soon, as his decline had been very gradual, but a sudden weakening of the heart hastened the end. The members of the family were with him when the end came, and his passing away was painless.

The president of the state senate was notified, and on convening at 9:20 Friday morning an adjournment was taken until Monday morning, the following resolution being adopted: [snip]

The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at 1:30 from the residence on east Fifth Street and although it was a very cold and disagreeable day the attendance was very large. The legislative committees as named came, several were here from Roslyn and Mr. Sharp's old neighbors came from miles in all directions. The result was one of the largest funerals seen in this city in a long time.

The Masonic Lodge to which deceased belonged turned out apparently to a man and the services were under Masonic auspices. The services at the house were very brief, Rev. F. C. Lee, a member of the order, reading. The services in Masonic form were concluded at the grave. The pallbearers were W. H. Talbott, G. B. Cooke, Martin Cameron, Thos. Haley, Austin Mires and T. P. Carson. The legislative delegation brought a beautiful floral wreath and other floral offerings were profuse and handsome.

John P. Sharp was a native of Ohio, and was 63 years old. In 1852 he crossed the plains, settling near Eugene, Or. In 1864 he bought a farm near The Dalles, soon after being married to Miss Nancy Rowland. In 1872 he moved to this region, first locating in the Nachez River, later moving to the farm he owned until he died. He had served as county commissioner. In 1889 he was elected to the first state legislature. As a candidate in 1896 he was defeated by the fusionists. In 1898 he was again elected, and in 1900 he was sent to the senate and re-elected in 1904. He had served about a year as regent of the Agricultural College at the time of his death.

Few men had a wider acquaintance in this region and the esteem in which he was held was shown by the large attendance at the funeral. Besides his wife, he left seven children, Henry E., Louis L., and John J. Sharp and Mrs. J. Cleman, Mrs. Sherwood Pease, Miss Emma and Miss Eleanor Sharp.

The Ellensburg Capital, February 15, 1905
you can just make out the square and compasses at the top.

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