George Pasfield, Jr

George Pasfield, Jr

Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Apr 1930 (aged 60)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 10, 244
Memorial ID 52134233 · View Source
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George Pasfield, capitalist, large property owner, and a foremost citizen of Springfield for many years, died yesterday at his home, South Pasfield street. Funeral services will be tomorrow afternoon at the residence. Interment will be in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Death terminated an illness that became pronounced while Mr. Pasfield was on his second honeymoon. Five years after the loss of his first wife he married Miss Amelia Craig, in Chicago, November 30, last. The two left immediately after the ceremony for the east, and a few days later sailed for Bermuda, where they spent several weeks. It was their intention to remain in the east two or three weeks after their return to the United States, but the condition of Mr. Pasfield was such that a few hours after arrival in New York City, they started for Springfield. The two reached Springfield January 10th. It was apparent to Mr. Pasfield's friends at the time that he was far from well, but, as was his custom, he would not admit illness, and undertook to resume his multitudinous business responsibilities as usual.

The affliction was diagnosed as infectious endocarditis, a comparatively rare disease, which, by a remarkable coincidence, caused the death of another of Springfield's outstanding citizens and Mr. Pasfield's close personal friend, Jacob Bunn, on May 10, 1926.

In April 1897, Mr. Pasfield married Caroline Merritt, daughter of Hon. Edward L. Merritt of this city. Two daughters were born to them: Charlotte, now the wife of Robert Vroom of Wallingford, Conn., and Susan, who was married to Herbert B. Bartholf, president of the St. Nicholas Hotel company of this city, last June.

Caroline Merritt Pasfield died May 15, 1924. Following her death, Mr. Pasfield remained at the home place with his daughter Susan. After the latter's marriage ten months ago she and her husband made their home with him until he and his second wife returned from their wedding trip, when the young couple moved in to the St. Nicholas bungalow, on the roof of the hotel.

Mr. Pasfield also leaves two grandchildren, Robert and Charlotte Vroom; a sister, Mrs. Emma Pasfield Kreider, living with her children just west of the Illinois Country club grounds; and a brother, Arthur H. Pasfield, of San Diego, Cal.

The passing of Mr. Pasfield leaves an irremediable void in the business civic and social life of Springfield. From the close of his school days he had been a leading spirit in community activities. Of a markedly retiring nature, he shrank form every form of public attention and many of his noteworthy services to individuals and to the community passed unheralded, as he wished them to be.

Throughout his business life he was recognized as a gentleman of the highest integrity. Born to riches he wore the responsibility unassuumingly and with masterful judgment. His business acumen was the admiration of those in position to appreciate it. Since the death of his father, Dr. George Pasfield, in 1916, he had charge of the management of the large family estate and under his supervision it increased greatly in value.

Possessing an exceptionally alert mind, he was one of the best informed men of the community. His culture was broadened by extensive travel and good reading. He was particularly interested in historical matters and his knowledge of the early history of his city, county and state was equaled by few of his contemporaries.

George Pasfield was born March 22, 1870, at the old homestead. His grandfather, George Pasfield, was born in London, England, and became a pioneer resident of Springfield. The father, Dr. George Pasfield, was born in Springfield, but never practiced the profession for which he had fitted himself. Dr. Pasfield married Hathaway Pickrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Pickrell, prominent residents of the village of Mechanicsburg, on Sept. 15, 1866.

After graduating from Springfield High school in the class of 1888, George Pasfield attended the Unversity of Illinois two years and in the fall of 1891 entered the law school of Harvard university. His father became ill and it was necessary for him to relinquish his studies and return home to assume a share of his father's business burdens. From that time he occupied a dominant position in Springfield business life.

George Pasfield was elected a director of the Farmers National bank of Springfield, Dec. 14, 1898. He was elected second vice president in January 1905 and served as such until 1913 when he retired to devote his attention to other interests. In May 1920 he was elected a director of the Springfield Marine bank and served until his death.

He was elected in 1915 to the presidency of the Springfield Pleasure Driveway and Park district and served for five successive terms.

The Pasfield properties include extensive real estate holdings of both city and farm lands. Several buildings in the business district of Springfield belong to the estate and Mr. Pasfield just last year completed the new building on the north side of Lincoln square. He also owned several large buildings in the business district of Kansas City, Mo., and in Bloomington, Ill. Over seven thousand acres of central Illinois farm lands are included in the estate.

Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, 4-7-1930

He was associated in an active way with the Abraham Lincoln association since its inception in 1909. HE was made a member of the executive committee of the organization in 1912, and following the death of his father, in December, 1916, succeeded him as a member of the board of directors.

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