Steubenville Weekly Gazette


JOHN McKEOWN, the millionaire oil producer, and largely interested in the Island Creek and Turkey Foot oil region died at his home in Washington, Pa. Sunday morning, aged 53 years. He had been troubled for months with a difficulty in breathing attributed to asthma. This morning he fell into a stupor from which he never revived. He came to this country a poor man 26 years ago and engaged in driller in the upper oil field. Later he took an interest in an oil well that proved a gusher and at the time of his death his wealth was estimated at $5,000,000.00.

JOHN C. BUTTE, one of the best known of Steubenville’s old citizens died at his home on South Fourth Street, Friday afternoon of pneumonia, aged 68 years. The deceased was born in Hesse Castle, Germany in 1823. He came to America at the age of 18 and settled in Pittsburg where he worked at mould making in a glass works. He was married there in June, 1842 to Anna Elizabeth Miller. They came to Steubenville in 1858 and he worked in mould making in the Beatty Glass Works but an injury incapacitated him for the hard work involved in his trade, and he gave up mould making.  In 1860 he built a brewery at the head of Adams Street which he successfully conducted until 1882 when he sold out. After the brewery was in operation he also opened a retail beer saloon on South Fourth Street which he conducted for some years. It was called the Old Home and was the resort of the nailers and puddlers in the palmy days of the iron business in this city. He never had children of his own but brought up his niece, Miss Lizzie Brosi and a nephew, John C. Butte Jr.  He educated Miss Brosi in Ger-many for a singer and she gave wonderful promise of a most successful operatic singer but her health broke down and she was compelled to give up the stage and made her home with her beloved benefactor and his wife who survives him. He was one of the charter members of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of this city. He was an Odd Fellow and his remains were buried with the rites of this order.

EDWARD E. McCAUSLEN, son of Colonel McCauslen  and Miss Martha Huscroft, daughter of  W.G. Huscroft were married at the elegant home of the bride west of the city Thursday evening, the witnesses being the members of the two families. The attendants were George Huscroft and Miss Lottie Pressley.  Mr. & Mrs. McCauslen went into house-keeping at the McCauslen Place, the neighboring farm, where a house had been built by the groom.



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