|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1868|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1949|
Tuesday, December 20, 1949
W. P. Ely, 81, member of a pioneer Greene County family and prominent Waynesburg resident, was found dead in his bed yesterday morning in his room at the J. B. Pollock residence, 293 West Franklin street. Death apparently came during his sleep during the night.
Mr. Ely had been in his usual health and had attended church services Sunday evening at the First Christian Church, of which he was a member. When he failed to arise at his customary time yesterday morning, an investigation was made and he was found dead in his bed.
He had returned only ten days ago from New York where he visited his daughter,Mrs. John W. Knox of Rockville Centre, Long Island.
A lifelong resident of Greene County, he was born March 23, 1868, in Whiteley Township, a son of Caleb Ely, Sr., and Elizabeth Patterson Ely. He was educated in the public schools of the county and for many years had been engaged in leasing land for oil and gas companies and also was active in optioning coal lands in the heyday of dealings in coal lands shortly after the turn of the century. Mr. Ely remained active in leasing oil and gas properties until his death.
He was a horse fancier all his life and his particular hobby was riding and driving horses. He was a familiar figure in local parades, fairs and horse shows and was one of the organizers of the old Waynesburg Fair Association. He served as chief marshal for the Memorial Day parade last May 30.
He was married Oct. 29, 1903 to Anna Hoge, who died Febrary 8, 1949. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John W. Knox of Rockville Centre, Long Island, N. Y.; one son, J. P. Ely of McKeesport; seven grandchildren; one brother, Robert H. Ely of Oak Forest, and one sister, Miss Effie Ely of Waynesburg.
Mr. Ely was a member of Waynesburg Lodge No. 757, B. P. O. Elks.
Anna Hoge Ely (1873 - 1949)
Created by: Gerald "Jerry" Hobson
Record added: Mar 17, 2014
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