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 Peter Appoinaire Droubay

Peter Appoinaire Droubay

Birth
Denain, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Death 16 Jun 1914 (aged 58)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA
Plot 1-28-1
Memorial ID 88652 · View Source
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One of the widely known businessmen of Utah was the late Peter A. Droubay, who in most substantial measure contributed to the development and up building of the state. His labors were of a most practical character. He demonstrated what could be accomplished in the reclamation of the western desert and the wild canyons for the uses of civilization. He was one of the first, if not the first to demonstrate the possibility of raising winter wheat and also of raising alfalfa in Utah, and in these directions as well as in many others the state is greatly indebted to him. Mr. Droubay was a native of France. He was born in the village of Wallencourt, September 25, 1855, and was a boy of but nine years when his parents came to the United States, crossing the plains with an ox-cart train of immigrants. They arrived in Utah on the 27th of October 1864, and their first camp in Salt Lake was on the public square where the City & County building now stands. The boy Peter walked the entire distance from Council Bluffs, Iowa, for the wagon used by his parents was also utilized by two other families. The Droubay family settled first at Granger and in 1867 removed to Lincoln, Tooele County.

Peter A. Droubay remained at home with his parents until he reached the age of twenty-two, when he was married, and with practically no capital save his energy and determination he located on a ranch and success came to him from the first. His indefatigable industry and energy overcame all difficulties and obstacles. He early displayed rare business acumen, keen foresight and business courage of high order. His property holdings rapidly increased and in time he became the owner of a large ranch of twenty-five hundred acres, all fenced and improved and stocked with cattle and horses. It was also equipped with fishponds and none of the accessories of the model farm property was lacking upon his place. He possessed that laudable ambition which could never be content with present accomplishment but must reach out into other and broader fields and, moreover, his labors were ever of a character that contributed in very large and substantial manner to the up building of the districts in which he operated. He established, in 1888, a mercantile business in Tooele which, like his ranching interests, grew steadily from its inception until it became known as the best store in Tooele County. Mr. Droubay continued actively in mercantile interests at Tooele until 1906, when he retired and turned the management of the store over to his sons. He then removed to Salt Lake, where he had large property interests as well as in Tooele County, and there devoted his attention to the management of these. He was seldom, if ever, at fault in matters of business judgment and his keen sagacity and clear discernment enabled him to take advantage of conditions and opportunities which others passed heedless by.

Mr. Droubay was married first to Hannah B. Gollaher, who died in 1907, the mother of the following children: Peter G.; Oscar A.; Luella, who is wife of William Hardy; Roscoe C.; Elise, wife of Joseph W. Silver; and C. Edson. Mr. Droubay was married second, in 1908, to Mrs. Martha J. (Dunn) Bramet, widow of Frank Bramet and daughter of Joseph M. and Susannah E. (White) Dunn. By her first marriage she is mother of two children, Edith Madeline and George M. Bramet. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Droubay are John W., Marcus McKinley, Beatrice, Virginia H. and Cynthia.

In his political views Mr. Droubay was a republican on national issues and stood high in the councils of his party in the state, but locally he maintained an independent course, voting for the men whom he considered best qualified for office regardless of party ties. He always took a deep interest in civic affairs and readily supported every measure for the public good. His sudden death, which occurred June 16, 1914, came as a great shock to a very wide circle of friends. Death often removes from our midst those whom we can ill afford to lose and such was the case when Peter A. Droubay passed on. A writer has said of him: "He accomplished much with little and demonstrated what a good mind with energy and will power could do in a few years. The fact is given that he put up more houses, made more ditches, built more fences and bridges by his own efforts (and besides worked in canyons, in mines and on railroads) than any other man in Tooele." Not only did he accomplish marvelous things in a business way but he also had the reputation of being the fastest longhand writer in the state. In business he seemed to make no false moves but readily discriminated between the essential and the non-essential. He was a man of strong natural intellect and his advice and counsel in business matters were widely sought and much respected. He possessed a fine personality and made friends rapidly and moreover retained the friendship and warm regard of all with whom he came in contact. He had a high sense of business honor, his word was as good as his bond and both were unquestioned. He did a large part in the development of Tooele and the impress of his individuality and accomplishments is written large on the pages of the history of the communities in which he resided.

Utah Since State: Historical and Biographical, Volume II, The S. J. Clarke, Publishing Company, 1919, Pages 668-671



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  • Maintained by: Bonnie Huish
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88652
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Appoinaire Droubay (25 Sep 1855–16 Jun 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88652, citing Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Bonnie Huish (contributor 46938507) .