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 William J Marvel

William J Marvel

Birth
Delaware, USA
Death 29 Mar 1909 (aged 63)
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 100005502 · View Source
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           W. J. MARVEL DEAD
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Was For Many Years a Prominent Merchant in City
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Owing to His Ill Health, He Had Not Recently Been Engaged in Business - Was Widely Known and Was Beloved for His Charity and His Consideration for the Unfortunate.
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    William J. Marvel, Wilkes-Barre's one-time foremost oyster and produced dealer, breathed his last yesterday morning at his home, 70 North Main street of Bright's disease, after a month's illness. He had not been enjoying the best of health the last five years and from time to time he would improve slightly. He was about the streets every day until about four weeks ago, when he was forced to stay in the house. His condition continued to grow worse from day to day and on Sunday became so critical that his family realized that the end was not far off. He became unco9nscious during Sunday night and remained so until the final summons came.
    Mr. Marvel was born in Laurel, Del., 63 years ago, being a descendant of the oldest families in that locality. Early in life he engaged in the oyster, fish and produce business in Delaware. About thirty-nine years ago he came to Wilkes-Barre and accepted a clerkship with William S. Emory, who conducted a fish, oyster and produce market in the old building formerly adjoining what is now Brennan's saloon on Public Square and the site now being occupied by Jos. S. Coons & Co. in the Osterhout building. When Mr. Emory formed a partnership with John Hance Mr. Marvel remained with the firm and looked specially after the oyster trade. At the end of several years he embarked in the same business on East Northampton street, calling his place the Delaware market after his native State. At the end of three years he moved to West Market street, where the D., L. & W. ticket office is located and two years later moved his business to East Market street, into an old building on the site of which he eventually built the present three-story brick building about then years ago, now occupied by Weiss & Jones, hardware dealers, and a moving picture theatre.
    He remained there until about eight years ago, when he sold out to the Brown Produce Co. on account of ill health. He regained his health after a short sojourn in Delaware and then opened a fish and produce market at Scranton, which he sold out and engaged in the same business at Berwick several years. Mr. Marvel sold the business and removed to Wilkes-Barre about four years ago, opening a small green truck market on South Main street, near Sullivan, but owning to his poor health he sold out and since then had lived retired.
    He was the first man to introduce the opening of oysters fresh from the shell in Wilkes-Barre and vicinity and was also the pioneer in opening a retail produce house on an extensive scale in this city.
    Mr. Marvel was one of the most amiable of men at all times and through his pleasant ways and courteous manners always made friends and kept them through life, being respected and esteemed by all. He took great pride in his home and family and spent all of his spare time at his fireside, making it pleasant for an invalid wife. His greatest joy was in making others happy, while his charity to the needy poor was unlimited and he always gave in abundance, also always regularly every week remembered the hospitals, Home for Friendless, Old Ladies' Home and other institutions with liberal contributions of fish, oysters and produce. Many of the inmates of these institutions will long remember him for his kind and thoughtful acts. He was a member of the First M. E. Church.
    Mr. Marvel was twice married. His first wife was Sallie Meal of Seaford, Del., who preceded him in death about ten years ago. Three children were born to this union, a daughter dying in infancy, while the two remaining survive him and are William D. and Cora B., both at home. His second wife was Miss Sallie A. King of Rehoboth, Del., who also survives. He is also survived by his nephew, I. D. Marvel, of this city; three brothers and one sister, as follows: Joseph W., L. W. and H. C. Marvel of Seaford, Del., Mrs. Martha Hill of Laurel, Del. He was also a nephew of the late Governor Marvel of Delaware.
    The funeral services will be held at the family home at 2 p. m., Wednesday, Rev. Dr. Piper officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Forty Fort Cemetery alongside of his first wife.
(Wilkes-Barre Record, 30 Mar 1909)


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  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100005502
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William J Marvel (Feb 1846–29 Mar 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100005502, citing Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Steve225 (contributor 47927528) .