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 Paul Droubay

Paul Droubay

Birth
Denain, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Death 28 Aug 1921 (aged 59)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA
Plot 1-30-1
Memorial ID 88599 · View Source
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Paul Droubay, who is one of the most extensive sheep raisers and leading farmers of the state. His home is at Erda, and he is the owner of valuable farm property in Tooele County, while his extensive flocks give him rank with the most capable and successful sheep men of Utah.

Mr. Droubay was born at Cambrai, in the north of France, January 28, 1862, a son of Peter A. and Josephine (Blondiaux) Droubay, who became residents of Utah in 1864. After a year spent in Salt Lake City they removed to Buena Vista, where they lived for three years, and then took up their abode at what is now Lincoln, remaining at that place for seven years. Their next removal took them to Erda, where their son Paul now resides. The father was a farmer and sheep man, active and energetic in business, possessing sound judgment and indefatigable enterprise. He passed away in the year 1883, and in his death the community lost a valued and representative citizen. He had served as justice of the peace for a number of years and his decisions were strictly fair and impartial. He also enjoyed the reputation of being the fastest longhand writer in the state. He was the first man to raise alfalfa in Tooele County and he also raised fall wheat, securing the seed originally from France. This is known as Droubay wheat and is now extensively cultivated throughout Utah. Thus it was that Peter A. Droubay initiated many movements, which have been of material benefit to the state along the line of its up building and advancement.

Paul Droubay had little opportunity of attending school but has always possessed an observing eye and retentive memory and has thus added greatly to his knowledge as the years have gone by. After his father's death, which occurred when Paul Droubay was but twenty-one years of age, he took charge of his father's business interests and has since been prominently known as an extensive farmer and sheep man. He is today the owner of seven thousand head of sheep and in Tooele County he has twelve hundred acres of land devoted to dry farming. In addition he owns a sheep range in Summit and Morgan counties of Utah of eighteen thousand acres and has altogether three thousand acres where he lives in Erda. He irrigates about fifty acres of his land and has raised as high as eight thousand bushels of wheat in a single season. His sheep raising interests have placed him in a position of leadership among the representatives of the sheep industry in Utah. He owns a sheep-shearing plant and a corral, and the plant is thoroughly modern in every particular. He shears upwards of forty thousand head of sheep upon his place each season. His plant is valued at seven thousand dollars and is one of the best and most modern plants of the kind in the state. In 1910 Mr. Droubay erected a fine modern brick residence upon his place. It is two stories in height and is supplied with the latest improved comforts and conveniences.

In 1886 Mr. Droubay was united in marriage to Miss Harriet F. Rowberry, a daughter of Bishop John and Harriet (Gallaher) Rowberry, of Tooele. They have five children who are still living, while six of their children reached adult age. Corina is the wife of Ellis P. Lowe, a farmer and fruit raiser living at Willard, Utah, and they have four children: Alma, Paul, Peter and Helen. Parley, who lives near his father and is associated with him in business, married Lola McEchern and they have two children, Dorothy and Margaret. Elma Belle is the wife of George S. Nelson, living at Ovid, Idaho, where he is engaged in farming, and their two children are Clinton and Nedra. John R., who served four months in the United States army and was honorably discharged in 1918, and Donald P. are at home. The eldest son, Leonidas R., was married and resided at Erda until his death, which resulted from an attack of influenza in the fall of 1918, at the age of 19. He was on a mission of about one year in the western states with office at Denver, but returned on account of illness. The son Parley spent one year in the Agricultural College at Logan and all of the other sons are high school graduates.

Mr. Droubay has always been a stalwart supporter of republican principles and was one of the first county commissioners of Tooele to be elected on the republican ticket. He filled that office in 1893-4. He is much interested in politics and does everything in his power to promote the success of the party, but private business affairs preclude the possibility of his taking as active a part in political interests as he would like. He is a deep thinking, far seeing man who holds many original ideas and whose opinions are formed as the result of close study and experience of times and conditions. He never hesitates to express his honest opinion, and his position upon any vital question is never an equivocal one. He will sacrifice popularity to honesty at any time and ever stands loyally by his principles, so that if others differ from him in opinion they always entertain the highest respect for the integrity of his course. He belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is one of the elders in his district. People have learned to know that what Paul Droubay says he will do - that he will back his utterances by his acts - and no one questions his integrity nor his fidelity to the principles which he espouses.

Utah Since State: Historical and Biographical, Volume II, The S. J. Clarke, Publishing Company, 1919, Pages 460-463



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  • Maintained by: Bonnie Huish
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88599
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Droubay (28 Jan 1862–28 Aug 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88599, citing Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Bonnie Huish (contributor 46938507) .