City Official from 1897 to 1899 Dies After Brief Illness at home of Daughter in Glendale, Calif.

P. S. Harrington, sixth mayor of Butte from 1897 to 1899, died after a brief illness at the home of his daughter Mrs. Mildred Stopp, at Glendale, Calif., according to word received yesterday by Mrs. Simon Behan, 820 Caledonia Street, an old time friend of the former official.

     Mr. Harrington’s death was the result of a  heart ailment. He was in excellent health until just a few days before his death which occurred December 11 according to the message received here.  Interment was in the Glendale cemetery.

    Born in Bear Heavan, County Cork, Ireland, Mr. Harrington came to the United States when he was a youth. He worked his way on the steamer and for many years worked aboard ships on the Atlantic coast. With his earnings he brought his mother to this country.

     Later Mr. Harrington came to Butte where he followed mining for a short time. He was employed at the Alice mine, one of the early-day producers in the camp. Later he opened a saloon in what was then the Miners’ Union Hall on North Main Street.

     With profits from the saloon he opened a grocery store.  Mrs. Behan, then known as Annie Cantwell, worked for him as a bookkeeper and general manager of the store. When the grocery business became established, Mr. Harrington retired from the saloon business.

     During his residence here he became an extensive property owner and for many years before leaving Butte, had retired from active business life.  He moved to California about eight years ago.  Mr. Harrington was about 80 years of age when he died.

     That Mr. Harrington was held in high esteem by his Butte friends was manifest in the number of Christmas and New Year’s greeting cards mailed from here, according to the letter to Mrs. Behan. Many score greeting cards were received from friends who had not learned of his passing.

     Mr. Harrington is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Stopp, Mrs. Irene Loring, Anna Harrington whose married name could not be recalled by friends, all in California; Mrs. Gordon Russell in Boston, Mass; three sons, Jerry, Sam and Eugene Harrington, all in California.

The Montana Standard
Butte, Montana
January 8, 1937