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Notes for Reuben Haines PASSMORE

Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.
November 24, 1919

R. Haines Passmore

After being an invalid for several months, R. Haines Passmore died early yesterday at the age of about 86 years. He was in his day one of the best known men in Chester County, and throughout his life he enjoyed the respect of those who knew him.

His father, the late Benjamin J. Passmore, was one of the associate or lay judges in this county, being elected in 1863 from West Chester, though formerly a farmer in East Nottingham. He was re-elected in 1868 and again in 1873

Haines Passmore grew up on the farm in East Nottingham, and when a young man was a clerk in the office of the Recorder of Deeds, assisting David Andrews, who was commissioned to that office in 1863. Later Mr. Passmore conducted a lumber yard in Oxford, and afterward came to West Chester and opened a loan and investment office. In days when bonds from the Middle West were in high favor here, he bought large quantities of them, investing a considerable amount of his own money and that of his clients. As the projects did not turn out well, much money was lost, and Mr. Passmore, who had been well to do, was a sufferer thereby, but although many of his friends lost money, they assured one another that it was through no design of Mr. Passmore, who lost with them.

He married Abbie Pusey, who died about the time of his financial troubles, leaving him two small boys who attended school here and grew old enough to start out in the world for themselves. One of these, Pusey Passmore, died last Winter, and the other, Benjamin, is living on the ancestral farm in East Nottingham.

Years after the death of his firs wife, Mr. Passmore married Anna L Martindale, who died last January. They had been residing at the Friend's Boarding Home on North Walnut Street.

He was a member of Friends' Meeting and a man of genial manner and loyal as a friend and neighbor.

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