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 - POJESHONG of His Life. _„ "'Odenheimer Deshong...
POJESHONG of His Life. _„ "'Odenheimer Deshong «&•• tha ...Jestfspn.of the late"John O and iwnrm ifiifrOryjeUOeshone J.r& n»i bom 11 th fliaDeshOJig rone corner tt* r °uith anl ^Stariet streets, this Ut>. where Ms now 4o<svtea the- drug, buildings- of j^.-X "'he enlisted as A pii\a.te fa tht^Tenth JSpsiroent, Pennsylvania VolunU-cr* In ~38SJ, in Company K commanded m < IP tail} ^illiam,.B Thatcher He \as in •tservj'-e during the camr il n Again. Jn 1863, when Lee mv.icU d Pennsylvania, Tie PnlWed as a p l.ate m the Twenty-seventh Begtnunt Irnei- ?encv S*en, in Companj \, of which thi. late Colonel "William C, rijtlc i\^a i em- was born in Phllaaeipmia Jn 17,81, and Shin a. young man cunXt, to Chester, wheru he embarked in /mercliancn/.liis and .bcxime a .eadlnjf rlian of affairs in, trie town. He was one! of the original In dird of directors ot I the L><slaware t ountv Bank, au ofllccf lie liel'i until hli death and for riuarXy twenty years u t» J. \e>-;trj'»'ian of !-}t. Pa Is !'• 1-. > C liurch We was a.. tfAll, slender man, ! with (Uik liair. emrh/tslzed 1'y a.n un- itoually pale complvixloil and was tne last 1-innn in this neighborhdSod who wore hair (iieu-<i.<i In a aueu«. tie died December o «n iged 48. / Hi. mail-led Mary / OdenheiintT. who xhoitH t f t<-r the of her husband, « i" ij pointed po^tmistrt-ss of Chester (ffi tlJL United Spate's had not then in bisttd on the titXe "masu-r," rcgwUlesi vvhi.Uiei the occJ.pant was male or le male) an oJHc</r slut retained until thn end of the yeJr 183). when she refused linger to retai/i tho place. She survived her husband flirty-three years, dying in 1S~0 ninety yelarB of age. She was the cl lughttr of Jomn .Odenheimer, who came irom iliynce-im-therRhine to Philadelphia pijor tcf the middle of .the eighteenth century. A man of means, he becanif <i wHok-sale dealer.and shipper of grain and (Hour, in which business he uas emlnwitBy successful. ' Mo married j Mary, daughter of John: Henry Keppele, .•"_...••'" ' - i , esidence of Alfred 0. Deshong. s^r juMiuut;«r'p~<3^*v*v 4Kt>*v £>BrvjcB Curing the Gettysburg- campaign s- InlSSSie -embarked In business with his ifcbrother, the late"3bhn O Deshong Jr. "yworJdng: what-was knoVn as the Deshong quarries' -at Ridley, river In Ridley town- ""ship, the turn belngTA. O nnd John O Ue shong Jr, and for more than, thirty -years he gavjg uninterrupted attention to thebusicesifhebefigln charge of the sev- *ioirty irfej*at? woi/k at the quarries He ft his-Tiomo.'in.'this city at six o clock kite morning and returned at beven the evening. While other owners in aarryins wou^d blast all the,stone so iat it could Tie used only for founda- walls \-iO Deshong made It a point ret out euro and dimension stones, so > _,„ , £ ne Difference In cost y-ftve cents he sold his Iwhat ot [CI tNTIf. lit th „ to tt HP! in ) ,ed ac .ttentii Iharge _at and s father, th than ten dollars a perch. era were receiving:, with ON PIUUJ to. i J A.RD > tho firm grew rapidlv trade When his bi other 4, \Urean jieshong uit. , e business, to give i to the management ot that had fallen into his r Deshong resided In the clous mansion erected by ite John O Deshong Si , riocatea. t-ORdgmont avenue above 4aJ-f*lhe%>lot, extending from Twellth\streets Containing >twent>-two acres, (With shade and forest trees.-'f hanflboma Vshrubbery and well kept lawns, in. the heait of the busy city, a refreshing sight to the hundreds of parsns who daily Bass that point Within the mansion are gathered costly paintings many o£ which have been prize ^inndrs in the Paris salon and other art centers-, and each one the finest production of the artist's brush for that has been the stindaid Tihlch alone would secure for them admission to thB Deshongi collection The aiticles of. bronze, each -nith its history, havo been the medal winners at somo of the great world s fairs djiring the last Quarter of a century, while some are peerless in their tlass The Ivory carvings are m imitable. many are leputed to be unequalled in the world, while. In cloisonne, snamel and lacciuer examples the col- l^filJon is not suroassed In, this country. Jn 1870 he began the collection of• art ^work and such authorities as Dr. MathewB Woods, president of -the Browning Society of Philadelphia, who has visited all tha noted colleclona of Eu* rope, states that In point of Important pieces of ivory carvings nowhere .in the world does he know of; any collection thst equals that brought together by Ottr. Deshong. The furnishings, rugs, drapery, and all the accessories, which RO to make "the house beautiful are found in the Deshong mansion, where "open handed hospitality •'. has . reigned. Few private- residences in Eastern Pennsylvania, nave received as - guests so many distinguished mea' ot the.; army and navy, in public life, • In 'literature,. in,' arf financial anrt nrof«Kskmnl cir-- -leg. as has the Deshong mansion^ At la home ivhen in 1902, it was • -t-fsited by numbec of the leading historians of was formed the Pennsyl- whose descendants intermarried with the Biddies and-Merrideths (Hon. William M. Herrideth, Secretary of the Treasury, tracing descent in that line). - .In 1771 Odenheimer purchased a farm ; in Chester lying along Ridley river, on twenty acres of which is how located the Pennsylvania Military College, and opened .a quarry which later was known as Powell's quarry. • When'••one'-'yellow fever visited Philadelphia as a sourge in' 1793, he'removed his family to Chester, where he .died in 1807, an octogenarian. • To the marriage of Peter.-, and Marj- (Odenheimert Deshong were born: two sons and' one daughter. ' who reached adult^ age. The late well-known John Odenheimer' Dehong, father of A. "O. De- sbong, the eldest son, was born September 6, ,1807. and',died -May 28, 1881; Maurice- W,. Deshong, born December 1808, who'died in Philadelphia In October, 1876. The latter) was the father of the late Miss Emmallne T. Deshong, who for a number of years made her .home at tho Deshong'-Manslon and was .noted fat and wide as the charming hostess at the': numerous brilliant, receptions oC distinguished people for which that mansion until a short time ago, was famous John O. Deshong, Sr., married. Emma- of Chester. -An interesting part of the Deshong history is that particularly through tho .- Odenheimer branch. It ia remarkable for longevity. John Oden- helnier, the' first in this country, was born in 17i!S and died at eighty, years His daughter,- Mary. Odenheimer Deshong was born in. 1781-and dlefl at ninety. Her son. John O. Deshong, Sr., was born in 1807 and died at seventy-four, and his son, A. O. Deshong, has died at seventy-five, mak'inp an average of over forty-four years, to a generation, an un- uaflal record. • •= . .. .,.« hon? was a member of the mial Society, the-TurrClub, i«b and the .Springhaven ib Mr Deshons was also ot the Del^wsre County Nn, a position which -was held ining of this;institution,' b freely to charities, to church- snevolent societies; to flre com- Sd the iilce and"lever extended hand of help:' Not long ago naive addition to the Chester Hosts erected at his expense, whic.v •T ouAttefl ana Turn'shorl at, h.s fl cost He has at various times a larKe sums of money lor the apnfofSfiis noble public institution. family Prominent in History, rred O Desbong was of a line that been orowinent in tHe' history o£ , satuing to year» prior to .the Revolutionary r On December IS. 1774, he. married »t the German Reformed Church In that oitv Susanna Gllman. whose name indicates English descent By ocoupaUon the elder Deahong was a miller. When the British Arms captured Philadelphia iS'th* Fall of 1777. General Howe ap- -oointed I>eshons one of the "keepers ot Ihe city Kates," an office .the duty of which waa to ascertain whether the n- dtviduals Botag to and from tKb city war* protected by passes Issued by tha English authorities. The position was •wholly unsolicited by Deshons and ho was practically coerced into accepting it Alter Philadelphia had been evacuated by the British Army, the Whigs caused tho arrest and indictment of all .persons who had held official position during the occupation of the city by the enemy, on charges of treason. against the Commonwealth. In September, 1778, Petor Deshone, the elder, was brought to .trial, at which Chief Justice Thomas McTCean, ono (it tha signers of the Declaration of Independence, presided. Tho facts disclosed it tho hearing showed that' Deshong had assumed the office with extreme reluct-, nnce and during all the time he held the place he had acted .with suoh leniency towards tbo AV'liIgs that Oent-ral Hove:had-removed him for that, reason. Chief Just'ce JfoKeaii,. when the pros«- ii^,o»tlon. closed, refused to permit tho d«- ftenc* to examine any .witnesses, but Instructed the JUT to find s. verdict'of not guilty, taking: occasion to eompll- ment DeshonR for the manner In which hJ had discharged thv duties of an ofl)«o which ho had filled through manifest compulsion and to tho advantage of the Inhabitants ot the cltsv Potor Dcahons w«» »o f«lly vindicated tliftt public aon- tlment over alter .hald. him in high cs- ' , Com* to Chester. HU KM, tetve Dcihone, the younger, Will Return To-night. Mr. and Mrs. George W. Selby, who were wodded-. Wednesday evening of this week at the home of the parents of the bride, Mr: and Mrs. W. -X Macan, Swarthmord avenue, Ridley Park will return to that borough this evening and be at their new home, 100 Chester pike, ^here will be no formal reception, but it is expected that there will be a,number of their friends who will call them. a''wslcome iThe bridegroom is a son of Frederick Selby, general .superintendent at the plant of the Keystone: Plaster Company, in this city, and also president of the Board of Directors of the West End Free Library. His son is oopular and held in esteem-by a wide circle of friends. The formal "At Home" for the young couple will not be observed "until next month. . Lenten Offering Service. The Lenten offerings of all the Sunday Schools o£ the Protestant Episcopal churches in the'Diocese of Pennsylvania will be presented in a service to be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock in St. Philip's church, Forty-second street and Baltimore avenue, West Philadelphia, of which Rev. C. "W/ Bispham is rector. Delegations from St. Paul's church and St. Luke's church, of this city, will attend. The beauty of this service is enhanced by vested volunteer lenten choirs of the various churches in the diocese. Convocation at St. Paul's. A meting of the Convocation of Chester will be held in St. Paul' Protestant Episcopal church, Broad and Madiaon strets on Tuesday next April 22. It will be an all day session beginning at 10.45 in the morning with the administration, of Holy Communion. Luncheon will be served at the noon hour and the business session will follow at 2.30 o'clock. Interesting topics will be presented for discussion during the afternoon and the attendance promises to be- large. Eagles' Stag Social. . Chester Oastle, No. 29, Knights of the Golden Eagle, will hold a social on Thursday evening of next week at the Parrish Hall, of St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church, on East Broad street. Quite of number of members of the Castle contemplate participating in the event which will he a stag affair. The CUstle has already secured fifty candidates for the big class initiation to take place on Thursday evening. May 1. Rules for Navigation! Hereafter copies of the rules and regulations governing navigation along I he Delaware river, which have heretofore only been a-vallable 1 in. this section of the State at tlie Post. Otllce -'nlWIntf in Philadelphia, can he secured from Captain John C. McMaster, •..f Hoyusi street, above. Third. Copies •M' the mlns and regulations are distributed free o£ charge. Salvation Army Services. Envoy Cave, of tlie Salvation Army's Industrial .Home, ;U Third ami KntrU streets, will preach In the auditorium of the. institution lo-ninrrow morning on "liirth." The them" of, hill evening- discourse, will be "("irotytli." Envoy Cave spoke to a fair-sized audience at the Home on Thursday even- Ing on "Come." Connie Mack's Opportunity. The stork mart? a vlnlt tj the homft of CliarloH "Tinnfry" Tiirno.r, the ball player of Twentieth and Madison strootn, at an early hour thin morning and l«ft ft Ifttlo bull'-'plavor. Tha motlinr and holr are d^inc well and tho popular ball artist IB roc'jlvInK the congratulations of liln many friends* Democratic important ted Mayor. cal ' of and by job the did ability of the Of by 30- for the farmer he of by be to of it in his "I the Mr. bo of and

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  1. Delaware County Daily Times,
  2. 19 Apr 1913, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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