Obituary – Prof. S. H. Piersol
East Liverpool Tribune
Mrs. R. J. Marshall, of Mulberry street, East End, has been notified of the death of her father at his home in West Bridgewater. The following report of the death has been received:
Prof. S. H. Piersol, aged 75 years, of West Bridgewater, is dead at the home of his son-in-law, Frank W. Seely after an illness of several weeks. Scudder Hart Piersol was one of the most widely known educators in Western Pennsylvania. He was born in North Sewickly township. He was the son of Jacob and Rachel Piersol. His grandfather was one of the pioneers of Beaver county and owned the land which is now the site of the village of Harmony. Mr. Piersol was educated in the public school and was later graduated from the Beaver academy in 1844 ??. Since that time he has devoted his life to teaching. In the early 50’s he served one term as county superintendent of public instruction of Beaver county. After that he was principal of the schools in Vanport, Beaver and Rochester. Resigning from the Rochester schools he became it is thought, the first government Indian teacher in the United States, starting a government school for the Wyundotte Indians in Kansas in 18??. He left there to return to Beaver county soon after the close of the war to become principal in the newly founded Soldiers Orphan school at Monaca. He remained there until the school was burned in 1876. Prof. Piersol then established Piersol’s academy in West Bridgewater, which he conducted until his recent illness. Prof. Piersol was a Baptist by religion and a Democrat in politics. He was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in the county. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Elizabeth Weaver, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. James Weaver, of Vanport. She died in 187?. By his first marriage Prof. Piersol leaves five children: Dr. John Piersol, of Bellaire, O.; Geo. Piersol, of West Bridgewater; Mrs. Catherine Alleman, of Dallison, W.Va.; Mrs. R. J. Marshall, of East Liverpool, O., and Mrs. Frank W. Neely of Beaver. In 1876 he married Mrs. Mary Maxwell Chambers. She died in 1902. By his second marriage he leaves on son, Dr. S. H. Peirsol, practicing in Rochester. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Susan Alleman, of Parkersburg, W. Va., and one brother Joseph Piersol of North Sewickley township.