Phineas Price Mast

Phineas Price Mast

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Nov 1898 (aged 73)
Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, USA
Burial Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, USA
Plot Mast Mausoleum
Memorial ID 35821488 · View Source
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Ex-Mayor P. P. Mast Passed to the Great Beyond

A Lingering Illness

Has Suffered From the Disease for Many Years

His Life was a Success

Has Lived in Springfield Since a Young Man

Accumulated a Vast Amount of Wealth, Much of Which Was Given to Worthy Causes

Peacefully and quietly ex-Mayor P. P. Mast passed from earth yesterday afternoon at 12:40 o'clock at his residence, 403 West High street. Death came not unexpectedly, as for the past month it has been known that he could not survive for any great length of time, and all were prepared for the inevitable. Until two or three minutes before the end, Mr. Mast was conscious and was able to recognize the loved ones gathered at his bedside, and death came so quietly that he seemed only to have fallen asleep.
The immediate cause of death were cancerous growths of the stomach and kidneys. Mr. Mast having been afflicted with stomach trouble while still a young man attending college. Lately the growths became very serious, and when Mr. Mast returned from French Lick Springs, Ind., about five weeks ago, it was known that his death would be only a matter of a short time. Since his return he had been continually confined to his residence, and for the last week his death had been momentarily expected.
Probably no man has been more intimately connected with the growth of Springfield from a comparatively small village to its present size than Mr. Mast, whose enterprise in the line of the manufacture of agricultural implements, in which he engaged soon after moving here, has done much to develop the city.
In municipal affairs he has always been prominent, although in an unassuming way, having given faithful service as a member of the city council for twenty-two years, this service, with the exception of one term, having been continuous. He was for many years president of council, and was mayor of Springfield from 1895 to 1897, immediately preceding Mayor John M. Good as chief executive officer of the city. His great ability as a business man has been practically demonstrated by his success along private lines, his service to the city having been correspondingly valuable.
Mr. Mast was born January 3, 1825, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, but about five years later came to Ohio with his parents, who settled on a farm near Urbana. Mr. Mast spent the early years of his life until he attained his majority on the farm, with the exception of the time he was away attending college.
He was a student of Ohio Wesleyan university from where he graduated in 1849, having while there taken especial interest in the scientific and Biblical courses.
After leaving college, Mr. Mast spent part of his time with his parents, teaching school one year and devoting his attentions a part of the time to trading in grain and produce.
Coming to this city in 1856, he engaged in partnership in the winter of 1856-57 with Hon. John H. Thomas in the manufacture of agricultural implements. His partnership continued until 1871, when Mr. Mast bought Mr. Thomas' interest in the concern and organized the firm of P. P. Mast & Co., which is still enjoying an exceedingly prosperous existence, Mr. Mast having remained the president of the company until his death.
Later the Mast, Foos & Co., was organized by Mr. Mast for the manufacture of wind engines and lawn mowers, and still later the P. P. Mast Buggy company, he being president of both companies up to the time of his death.
Mr. Mast was also the president of the Springfield National bank, which was opened here on March 31, 1882, and was one-third owner of the "Farm and Fireside" and the "Woman's Home Companion," published by the firm of Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, which was organized by Mr. Mast on June 1, 1879.
Aside from his immense business interests, Mr. Mast's holdings in real estate are considerable. Many years ago he purchased the Bandarita ranch, in Mariposa county, California, on which are located several gold mines, among them being the "Bandarita," "Martin and Wallings," and the "Bower Cave." At present none of the mines are being actively worked although several of them proved at times very profitable. Mr. Mast owned also about 3,000 acres of land in the peach belt of Georgia, and 3,600 acres of land in Trego county, Kansas, together with much valuable real estate in this city.
During his entire life, Mr. Mast proved himself a very public spirited citizen, and made many donations to public and charitable objects, among which was a gift of $40,000 toward the erection of St. Paul's M. E. church of which he has been a member ever since its organization. He was greatly interested also in Ohio Wesleyan university of which for many years was a trustee, and to which he several times made monetary donations, the amounts of which are not known. He was a regular attendant at the commencement exercises of that college.
Besides this he has always been very generous to charitable works, and has made frequent contributions to his church and by the Associated Charities. Until he retired the last term, Mr. Mast had been continuously a Sunday school superintendent for forty years, having started as superintendent of the Central M. E. school and continuing in the same position when St. Paul's church was organized.
In 1850, on the anniversary of his birth, Mr. Mast was married to Miss Anna M. Kirkpatrick, a most estimable woman whose death occurred about two years and a half ago. There was no issue from this union, but three adopted daughters, Mrs. Frances B. Loomis, wife of the United States minister to Venezuela, Mrs. Harry Frey, of Omaha, Neb., and Mrs. Charles K. Rodgers, of this city, survive him. They were the daughters of his deceased brother, Isaac N. Mast. Out of a family of eight children, Mr. Mast is now survived by three brothers and one sister, Joseph K. Mast, John E. Mast and Ephraim Mast, the brothers have for many years lived on the homestead farm near Urbana. Mr. Mast's only surviving sister is Mrs. Lemon, of South Bend, Ind. All the absent members of the family, together with Mr. Loomis, have been notified of the death of Mr. Mast, and are expected to arrive today.
Mr. Mast's mother died in February, 1880, and his father in the same month of the succeeding year, the latter having attained the age of 87 years.
The funeral services over the remains of Mr. Mast will be held at St. Paul's M. E. church on next Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The casket will not be opened at the church, but an opportunity will be given to the many friends of the deceased to view the body on the forenoon of the same day at his late residence on West High street, where the casket will be open for two hours, between 9 and 11 o'clock. The body will be placed in the magnificent mausoleum, which was finished a comparatively short time ago at Ferncliff cemetery.
The official board of St. Paul's church will hold a meeting this evening to take appropriate action upon the death of Mr. Mast.

(Copied from the Daily Morning Sun, Monday, November 21, 1898).

Funeral Arrangements for Ex-Mayor P. P. Mast

Church Board Appoints a Committee to Draw Up Resolutions on Mr. Mast's Death

Members of the official board of St. Paul's M. E. church held a meeting last evening to make suitable arrangements for the funeral exercises of their deceased friend and brother, Hon. Phineas P. Mast, sixteen out of the seventeen member of the board being present. All present agreed to attend the funeral in a body, and will occupy special seats in the church.
The following committee was appointed to procure a suitable floral offering: C. R. Crain, T. D. Wallace and H. G. Marshall. The following committee has been appointed by the Sunday school, of which Mr. Mast was for many years the superintendent, to procure a floral tribute from the school: Superintendent Carey Boggess, Mrs. H. G. Marshall and Mrs. H. D. Heydon. The following were appointed to a committee from the board to draw up a fitting memorial: Rev. J. W. Magruder, chairman ex-officio; General J. M. Deardorff, J. T. Ridgely, William Houck, T. D. Wallace and Charles A. Harris.
Rev. J. W. Magruder, pastor of St. Paul's M. E. church, has charge of the arrangements and said last evening that, on request of the family, the chorus choir will lead the singing, which will consist principally of favorite hymns. The church will be magnificently decorated for the occasion in palms and other plants. It is not yet known positively who the speakers will be, but it is probable that among those present will be the following: Dr. Bashford, of New York, who was formerly president of the Ohio Wesleyan university; Dr. W. A. Robinson and Rev. Paul C. Curnick of Cincinnati. The complete ritual of the church will be used for the occasion.
Instead of having the casket open at the residence, from 9 until 11 o'clock, as first arranged, it has been decided to have the body lie in state at the church between the hours of 11 and 1 o'clock Wednesday, in order that all the many friends of the deceased may have an opportunity of viewing the remains.
The casket in which the body will be placed will be one of the most beautiful ever seen here. It will be massive, but will little ornamentation. The body of the casket will be of quartered oak, with gold trimmings, lined with satin.
William H. Houck was added as a member to the memorial committee, which assembled at the conclusion of the board meeting. The members found it impossible to do justice to the occasion in one evening and will later complete the work.
Mr. Mast's hymn book, well worn from many years' use was found in his pew, and will be given to the family. In it he has noted the dates in which each was used and by what minister, making additional annotiations with regard to the weather and other pertinent topics.

(Copied from the Daily Morning Sun, Tuesday, November 22, 1898).


The Arrangements for the Funeral of the Ex-Mayor

Following are the pallbearers that have been selected for the funeral of ex-Mayor P. P. Mast, which will take place this afternoon at St. Paul M. E. church; Honorary bearers, John Foos, Conrad Nagel, William Welch, C. R. Crain, John H. Thomas, Ross Mitchell, C. M. Nichols and O. S. Kelly; active bearers, George K. Sharpe, Harry Hedges, Frederick Farmer, Joseph Spahr, J. S. Crowell, J. C. Keller, W. S. Rabbitts and W. H. rayner.
The liturgical service at the church will be in charge of the pastor, Rev. J. W. Magruder. President Bashford will make the prayer and addresses will be made by Dr. W. A. Robinson and Rev. Paul C. Curnick of Cincinnati, Dr. J. F. Marlay and probably other visiting ministers.

(Copied from the Daily Morning Sun, Wednesday, November 23, 1898).


Services Over the Remains of Hon. P. P. Mast

Elequent Tributes of Respect Delivered by Several of the Many Ministers in Attendance

Extremely beautiful and impressive services marked the last tribute of respect to the late ex-mayor, Phineas P. Mast, at St. Paul M. E. church yesterday. Lying in state at the church between the hours of 11 and 1 o'clock, the body was viewed by thousands of persons anxious to take a last view of one who had done so much for Springfield and her citizens. The body rested in a plain but massive casket of quartered oak with gold trimmings and lined with tufted satin. For the two hours in which the casket was opened the procession of people past it was almost continuous and the body was viewed by thousands of the friends of the deceased.
The church was handsomely decorated with palms and floral tributes, the latter being extremely numerous. Among them was a bunch of camelias, sent by President and Mrs. William McKinley from their conservatory in Washington, along with a letter of condolence, to Mrs. Francis B. Loomis, wife of the United States minister to Venezuela.
For the services commencing at 2 o'clock, the church was packed to its utmost capacity. Rev. J. W. Magruder, pastor of the church, had charge of the services, and read the liturgical service. The large chorus choir of the church was present and led in the singing. Presiding Elder J. F. Marlay of Dayton, read the scripture lesson from the fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians and the opening prayer was delivered by President Bashford of Ohio Wesleyan university. Eloquent tributes of respect to the deceased were delivered by Dr. W. A. Robinson of Trinity M. E. church of Cincinnati, Rev. Paul C. Curnick of Cincinnati and others.
In addition the following visiting ministers were present and assisted in the services; Dr. R. H. Rust, Rev. A. N. Spahr and Rev. H. C. Keakley of Cincinnati; Dr. C. W. Gullett of Grace church, Dayton. Dr. Payne of New York was unable to be present on account of illness.
Among the other visitors were Z. W. White and M. C. Lilley, two prominent business men of Columbus.
The body was placed in the Mast mausoleum, recently erected in Ferncliff cemetery, the interment being private and witnessed only by the relatives and a few intimate friends of the deceased.

! (Copied from the Daily Morning Sun, Thursday, November 24, 1898).

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