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 J. Peck Sharp

J. Peck Sharp

Birth
Bonaparte, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA
Death 3 Aug 1941 (aged 75)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial Bonaparte, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 55553535 · View Source
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J. Peck Sharp, noted baseball player, story teller and writer, died suddenly on Sunday, August 3, at San Antonio, Texas, where during recent years he had been employed as starter and entertainer on the Brackenridge golf course.
The body was returned to his old home town where funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. L. E. Winfrey at the Baptist church. Interment in Bonaparte cemetery.
He was the only son of Samuel H. and Hannah Cogar Sharp and was born April 23, 1866. His age was 75 years, 3 months and 10 days.
Surviving members of the family are one half sister, Mrs. Janie Derr and family of Peoria, Ill., and one cousin, Mrs. Lottie Bradford Wilke of San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Derr and daughter, Mrs. Maxine Rhu, came from Peoria Tuesday to assist in the plans for the funeral service.
Peck's early home was in Bonaparte where Mr. and Mrs. Sharp operated the Sharp hotel at the location now by the C. E. Cummings garage.

About fifty years ago he became famous as a ball player, starting his professional career with the What Cheer, Iowa, team, and later playing as star second baseman with Ottumwa, Kansas City, Fort Wayne, San Francisco and Milwaukee. While with Milwaukee he led the league's batting average during the season of 1897. He was signed by Louisville then a member of the National league, but did not report.
Old-timers compare Peck with Lajoie and Collins, big leaguers of that time. It is said that he throw equally well with either hand.
He was a famous story teller, and was persuaded to put some of his thoughts into print. Fore some time he was a columnist on the Chicago Inter Ocean. His peculiar style of spelling, punctuation and capitalization made his column unique, and one of the first of its kind. Hid "stuff" caught the fancy of the public but he could not be persuaded to produce it regularly.
After his ball playing days he was proprietor of the Log Cabin saloon in Chicago, and later operated the Woodland Bard Smoke Shop.
During recent years a number of his "letters" have appeared in this paper. In order to increase the local interest in these stories he planned a contest with himself and Bill Manning of New Orleans on one side and Mark Baker of Chicago and Will Cheney of Los Angeles on the other.
Several of his stories were published by Mr. Baker in his book entitled "Home Town Tales."
About ten years ago he moved to San Antonio and made his home with his cousin, Mrs. Lottie Wilke, also a former resident of Bonaparte.
He was born in Bonaparte in the Sharp home which was then located on the present site of the Russell Bakery and Grocery.
Peck is gone, and all will miss him. There will be a vacant place in the columns of this newspaper no one else can fill.
Source: Van Buren Record & Keosauqua Republican, 7 Aug 1941; page 1


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  • Created by: Jean Wenke
  • Added: 28 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55553535
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for J. Peck Sharp (23 Apr 1866–3 Aug 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55553535, citing Bonaparte Cemetery, Bonaparte, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Jean Wenke (contributor 46989537) .