John Purvis, Co. F, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves

The Daily Tribune - October 26 , 1904


Had Just Completed His Day’s Work and Was on His Way Home – Was a Veteran of Civil War and Well Known

        John Purvis, a well known teamster of Freedom, was killed last night at Freedom by a car on the Beaver Valley Traction Company’s lines.

       He had driven a team all day yesterday and had cleaned off the horses after dark, and while crossing the street car tracks in front of H.M Dunlap’s livery stable at 9:45 o’clock, he was struck by a car and knocked to the pavement. He was picked up and carried to the office of Drs. McCaskey and Foul, where it was found that his skull had been crushed.

        Hartzel Bros.’ ambulance was ordered, with a view to taking him to the hospital at Rochester, but he died before the ambulance arrived.

        The remains were given in charge of Hartzel Bros. and afterwards to Joseph I. Reno of Rochester, who prepared them for a burial and this morning took them to the home of his son, Harry Purvis, at Rochester.

        He was a veteran of the Civil war, being a member of Company F, Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves. His wife died several years ago in Rochester, where the family then resided, but for several years past he had resided in Freedom.

        He is survived by one son, Harry Purvis of Rochester; one brother, R. A. Purvis, mail carried of Rochester, and two sisters, Mrs. J.S. Williams of Beaver and Mrs. Mary O’Harra of Wellsville, O.

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Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.