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 Robert Packer Brodhead

Robert Packer Brodhead

Birth
Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 18 May 1922 (aged 61)
Kingston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Husband of Fanny (Vaughn) Broadhead.
Father of:
Robert Packer Brodhead
William L Broadhead
Lydia Hurlbut Brodhead
Mary B Broadhead
Frances Loveland Brodhead
Francis L Broadhead
James E Broadhead
Charles Dingman Brodhead
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           R. P. BRODHEAD PASSES AWAY
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Distinguished Citizen, Bulsiness Man and Railroad Builder Dies at Age of 62
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           MEMBER OF OLD FAMILY
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Was President of Board of Directors of Luzerne County School for Boys at Kis-Lyn
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    Robert Packer Brodhead, one of the most highly esteemed residents of Luzerne County, died at his home in Kingston yesterday at 11 o'clock noon, following a long illness. He was born at East Mauch Chunk on October 12, 1860, sixth son of Andrew J. Brodhead and Ophelia Easton, his wife. He married on May 22, 1889, Fannie Vaughn Loveland of Kingston, who survives him, also six children:
William L., of Wheat Plains Farm, Pike County, Pa.
Lydia H., wife of G. R. Nyce, Kimberton, Pa.
Mary B., at home. Francis L., of Kimberton, Pa.
James E., Jr., a student at Princeton University.
Charles D., at home.
One son, Robert Packer, Jr., died In 1900.

    Also surviving are four brothers and three sisters:
Garret of Woodbridge, N. J.
J. Romeyn, of Buffalo, N. Y.
James E. Sr., Flemington, N. J.
Richard H., Easton, Pa.
Mrs. F. C. Burke, Flemington, N. J.
Mrs. C. A. Blakeslee, Mauch Chunk.
Mrs..Frederick Moon, Sr. of Kingston.

    Mr. Brodhead was a lineal descendant of Capt. Daniel Brodhead, who came to this country from England In 1664. Capt. Brodhead was a member of the English army and was sent to this country to assist Governor Nicholls in the administration of the province of New Netherlands. Block houses were constructed during the Indian troubles in colonial days and this settlement had its full share, as history asserts. The war of the Revolution followed and four sons of Capt. Brodhead were officers in the Pennsylvania division.
    Robert P. Brodhead was a member of the Society of the War of 1812, the Holland Society, Sons of the American Revolution, the Military Order of Foreign Wars, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and during the recent war was a member of the Food Commission of Pennsylvania for Luzerne County, and worked most energetically in the cause.
    Mr. Brodhead was educated in the public schools of East Mauch Chunk, and graduated from the commercial course at Wyoming Seminary in 1820. He was employed as a clerk in a lumber, business at Hickory Run, near White Haven, until the fall of 1882, when he went to New York City, where he engaged in the lumber business. In 1883 he entered the railroad construction field, taking charge of the Vosburg tunnel, which was completed in 1886. In 1887 Mr. Brodhead became the Junior partner in the contracting firm of Brodhead & Hickey, which was succeeded in the same year by C. E. Brodhead & Brother, and later was known as the Brodhead Contracting Company, of which Robert P. Brodhead was president. While in the contracting business the deceased had charge of the following important achievements: Building a large portion of the Lehigh Valley Railroad in New York State; a portion of the mountain cut-off of the Lehigh Valley Railroad near Wilkes-Barre; the Wilkes-Barre end of the Laurel Line; rebuilt the Pittsburg & Bessemer Railroad; constructed the stock yard of the great steel company at Youngstown, Ohio, and also the Palisade tunnel on the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad. Later on Mr. Brodhead became a member of the Brodhead-Garret Lumber Co. of Clay City, Ky., which interest he held till the time of his death. About twenty years ago he became largely interested in Paine & Co. of this city. This business he closed out about five years ago, following the death of other members of the firm.
    Mr. Brodhead had been an elder of the Presbyterian Church of Kingston since 1894 and was for a number of years superintendent of the Sunday school of that church. He was a member of the board of directors of the Luzerne County School for Boys at Kis-Lyn since the organization of the board and was its president. He was for years a director of Wilkes-Barre Deposit & Savings Bank.
    The funeral will be held from the Kingston Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The interment will be in Forty Fort Cemetery and will be private.
    Mr. Brodhead was an ideal man in every meaning of the word. In his business affairs, in his private life and in his community activities he observed the highest principles of rectitude. He was most faithful in following out his religious convictions and he applied them earnestly to all his dealings with his fellowmen. It was a pleasure to be in his company, to know him intimately. Mr. Brodhead had a host of friends and there were none but who admired him for the uprightness of his character and the inspiring influence he had upon those with whom he came in contact. His ambition was to live according to the golden rule, to do good in the community, to deserve the good will of his associates and others, and so he conducted himself in all the activities In which he was engaged. It has been said that a worthwhile man must incur enmities, but this tradition does not hold good in Mr. Brodhead's case, because when he stood against the evil influences of the world he did so in a sympathetic and persuasive way that had force without harshness. He was a citizen to be admired. a friend to be respected. and his memory will long be cherished to the whole community.
(Wilkes-Barre Record, 19 May 1922)



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  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100005334
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Packer Brodhead (12 Oct 1860–18 May 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100005334, citing Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Steve225 (contributor 47927528) .