Cann, Robert P.

Submitted by Debbie Hoffman on Mon, 07/26/2010 - 02:50

Advance Argus, Greenville, Pa. Thursday, June 3, 1909 p. 6
ROBERT P. CANN
Robert P. Cann died at his home in Stoneboro on Tuesday, May 25, after a short illness, although he had been in failing health for the past year.
Mr. Cann was born in Delaware in 1847 and was educated at the Academy of New Castle, Delaware, and the Quaker City Business college, of Philadelphia. During the Civil War he was connected with the quartermaster's department under General Grant on the Jamestown river.
In 1867 he came to Stoneboro and acted as agent for the Jamestown & Franklin railroad. In 1868 the first postoffice was established in Stoneboro and Mr. Cann was appointed postmaster, which office he held for fourteen years. In 1873 he severed his connection with the railroad and has since then been secretary and treasurer of the Mercer Iron and Coal company. He was also connected in an official capacity with the Jackson Mining company and the Carver mine. He has acted as treasurer of the Mercer Agricultural society since 1872.
In 1878 Mr. Cann became treasurer and a director of the Jamestown & Franklin railroad. He was a director and assistant secretary of the Franklin & Clearfield railroad until the merging of it with the J. & F., under the name of the Jamestown, Franklin & Clearfield. He became a director in the new company.
He married Miss Julia B., daughter of John Gumfory, of Sharon, who with the following children survives: John G., Robert P., Jr., LeRoi J., of Stoneboro; George H., of Marietta, O.; Florence H. and Julia B., at home; also one sister, Mrs. Margaret C. Hodgson, of Oxford.
The funeral services of the late Robert P. Cann were held at his home here, Friday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Mr. Reed, of the Presbyterian church, Mr. Cann's pastor. The large residence could not contain the many friends who gathered to pay the last tributes of respect. All the places of business in town were closed and the mines were shut down for the day.
The honorary bearers were W. M. Jenkins, Jackson Center; Dr. D. B. Hanna, J. A. Bond, Hon. John P. Hines, George H. McIntyre, W. H. McIntyre, J. L. Greer and J. F. Baskin, Stoneboro; W. A. McMaster, Jamestown; J. T. P. Wilson, J. H. Osmer, O. D. Bleakley, Steve Barrett of Franklin; Hon. S. R. Mason, F. P. Filer, Mercer; W. B. Fulton, Union City; Robert W. Watson, Harrisburg. The bearers were Thomas Harrison, George Young, Will Reither, J. R. Hardwick, H. Q. Hines and J. L. Rossiter.
Flowers were there in great abundance, remembrances being sent by the Stoneboro Fair association, Oak Hill Cemetery association, First National bank, Stoneboro & Chautauque Lake Ice Co., the crew of the "coal train" that for years took the product of the coal mines under Mr. Cann's charge to the Eclipse oil works at Franklin. The remembrances from individuals were many. Relatives from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Bert Stevenson, Pittsburg; Robert Hodgson, Oxford, Pa.; Mrs. C. B. Fulton and daughters, Helen and Julia, J. W. Crawford, Parkersburg, W. Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Haggerty, Youngstown; Mrs. Mollie Gumfory and sons, Hollis and Alex, Mr. and Mrs. Will Guyton, Franklin; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Phillips, Greenville.

 
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