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 Peter A. Weast

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Peter A. Weast

Birth
Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, USA
Death
17 Oct 1922 (aged 74)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID
42484422 View Source

Wives and children of Peter A. Weast:

Child of P.A.Weast & Anna Stark Brown:
Emma G. Weast Bichl (1870-1949)
Lived in Charlotte-Chatsworth area, IL

Children of P.A.Weast & Annie Grunden:
Birdie M. Weast (1882-1886)
Maude M. Weast (1881-1887)
Lived in Steator, IL

Child of P.A.Weast & Jennie Grunden:
Maude Mae Weast Sadler(1888-1975)
Lived in Peoria, IL

Obit. - Died: October 17, 1922, (Peoria, Illinois Newspaper articles)-
Peter A. Weast, one of Peoria's former business men of prominence, died at his home in Los Angeles Calif, following a brief illness. He was 74 years old.

Relatives of Mr. Weast of this city, have known for some time of his failing health, but his condition has not been regarded as at all serious. And the news of his death comes as a shock to his family and friends.

Mr. Weast known familiarly to Peorians as "Pete" was one of the last known men in this part of the country. He had long been prominent in sporting circles of this city, and was a familiar figure. He was generous to a fault, and a warm friend. His donations to charity were large and many a struggling youth owes his start in life to the kindness of "Pete" Weast.

For years he was proprietor of the Weast theater (high class vaudeville from abt 1888-1908)), and dance hall, located where the Lyceum Theater on Fulton is(in 1922), and of the Golden Palace saloon and a café, occupied by the Annex cigar store,on South Jefferson street, (in 1922). He had a large following, and his places of business were always popular.

Mr. Weast had large property holdings in Peoria at the time of his death, and he owned the greater part of the block of South Jefferson Street, between Main and Fulton.
He was a lover of horses and automobiles, and was the owner of a number of them. He was an investor in other Peoria enterprises, and his passing brings expessions of regret from hundreds of Peorians who knew him intimately and esteemed him highly for his many excellent qualities.

-----There is a story related in the Peoria newspaper in Februry 1901, where "Carrie Nation" (famous hatchet-wielding prohibitionist), paid a visit to Weast's Golden Palace saloon, armed with bible and hatchet.

Pete Weast had a huge 17'x10', gold framed risque painting over the bar area called "Nymphs and Satyr", that he had brought back with him from a trip to Germany. This immediately caught her eye. (As of 1991, the painting hung in the Donelly's Restaurant in the basement of the Apollo building.)

Carrie Nation had gone into the bar and immediately addressed herself to the bartender, "You are doing the devil's work", she said, "This place is a place of the devil". She was bent on destroying the bar and huge painting. She threatened to return the next day and smash the painting, if it was not taken down.

Mr. Weast, a colorful night life, gambling and sports figure in Peoria during the Gay Ninties, wasn't about to have his $4,000 canvas hacked to pieces. It had brought fame and countless out-of-town visitors to his Golden Palace saloon (one of the most famous saloons in Illinois), and theater.

His diplomacy, a $50 cash contribution to her cause against the evils of drink and "abscenity," changed her mind and the 17-by-10-foot painting in its heavy gold frame escaped Carries's fury.

Wives and children of Peter A. Weast:

Child of P.A.Weast & Anna Stark Brown:
Emma G. Weast Bichl (1870-1949)
Lived in Charlotte-Chatsworth area, IL

Children of P.A.Weast & Annie Grunden:
Birdie M. Weast (1882-1886)
Maude M. Weast (1881-1887)
Lived in Steator, IL

Child of P.A.Weast & Jennie Grunden:
Maude Mae Weast Sadler(1888-1975)
Lived in Peoria, IL

Obit. - Died: October 17, 1922, (Peoria, Illinois Newspaper articles)-
Peter A. Weast, one of Peoria's former business men of prominence, died at his home in Los Angeles Calif, following a brief illness. He was 74 years old.

Relatives of Mr. Weast of this city, have known for some time of his failing health, but his condition has not been regarded as at all serious. And the news of his death comes as a shock to his family and friends.

Mr. Weast known familiarly to Peorians as "Pete" was one of the last known men in this part of the country. He had long been prominent in sporting circles of this city, and was a familiar figure. He was generous to a fault, and a warm friend. His donations to charity were large and many a struggling youth owes his start in life to the kindness of "Pete" Weast.

For years he was proprietor of the Weast theater (high class vaudeville from abt 1888-1908)), and dance hall, located where the Lyceum Theater on Fulton is(in 1922), and of the Golden Palace saloon and a café, occupied by the Annex cigar store,on South Jefferson street, (in 1922). He had a large following, and his places of business were always popular.

Mr. Weast had large property holdings in Peoria at the time of his death, and he owned the greater part of the block of South Jefferson Street, between Main and Fulton.
He was a lover of horses and automobiles, and was the owner of a number of them. He was an investor in other Peoria enterprises, and his passing brings expessions of regret from hundreds of Peorians who knew him intimately and esteemed him highly for his many excellent qualities.

-----There is a story related in the Peoria newspaper in Februry 1901, where "Carrie Nation" (famous hatchet-wielding prohibitionist), paid a visit to Weast's Golden Palace saloon, armed with bible and hatchet.

Pete Weast had a huge 17'x10', gold framed risque painting over the bar area called "Nymphs and Satyr", that he had brought back with him from a trip to Germany. This immediately caught her eye. (As of 1991, the painting hung in the Donelly's Restaurant in the basement of the Apollo building.)

Carrie Nation had gone into the bar and immediately addressed herself to the bartender, "You are doing the devil's work", she said, "This place is a place of the devil". She was bent on destroying the bar and huge painting. She threatened to return the next day and smash the painting, if it was not taken down.

Mr. Weast, a colorful night life, gambling and sports figure in Peoria during the Gay Ninties, wasn't about to have his $4,000 canvas hacked to pieces. It had brought fame and countless out-of-town visitors to his Golden Palace saloon (one of the most famous saloons in Illinois), and theater.

His diplomacy, a $50 cash contribution to her cause against the evils of drink and "abscenity," changed her mind and the 17-by-10-foot painting in its heavy gold frame escaped Carries's fury.


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  • Created by: Cindy Baker
  • Added: 28 Sep 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 42484422
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42484422/peter-a-weast: accessed ), memorial page for Peter A. Weast (5 Apr 1848–17 Oct 1922), Find a Grave Memorial ID 42484422, citing Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Cindy Baker (contributor 47173798) .