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
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.
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