Tope , James D. 1919

OCT. 22, 1919


Believed to have been attacked by heart trouble, JAMES D. TOPE, aged 64, one of Hancock county’s best known residents, was found dead in a shed in the rear of his home, near Pughtown, shortly before midnight, Wednesday by his wife and son, according to word received here yesterday.
Mr. Tope, neighbors say, has been afflicted with heart trouble for the past week. At 11:30 o’clock he left his home for some unknown purpose. When he did not return within 20 minutes his wife and son, left the house in search of him. The found his dead body, leaning against the wall on the inside of a small shed. He had been dead several minutes.
The deceased was born and raised in Hancock county. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Tope, who formerly resided near the Tope school house. He was a lifelong member of the Christian church of Pughtown.
Besides widow, the deceased is survived by the following children: Alfred and the Misses Mabel and Edith, at home, Mrs. Milton Huff of Pughtown; Mrs. Alex Bell and George Tope of New Cumberland; Robert of Follansbee and Harry of Steubenville. The following brothers and sisters, also are living: Charles and Ella of Burgeetstown, Pa.; Mrs. Joseph Peterson of Holiday’s Cove; Thomas of McDonald, Pa., and Frank Tope of Wellsville.
Funeral arrangements had not been completed at a late hour last evening.