|Whittier to Cupp to Whitney Insurance . . . .|
Paperweight of James A. Garfield's Memorial
back - Brought from Cleveland, Ohio Aug. 1905 - from J. J. Stark, Anna Stark - for D. M. Cupp 1934
My cousin David Cupp Whitney recently asked if the Myers Inn Museum would like the paperweight which had belonged his namesake D. M. Cupp. His gift sent me on a history hunt.
The front of the paperweight was easy. A
search of landmarks in Cleveland in 1905 took me to a Wikipedia page
with the same picture as the one on the paperweight. President
James A. Garfield was assassinated in 1881, sixteen years after
Lincoln. His Cleveland Memorial was erected on the highest
place in Lake View Cemetery overlooking Lake Erie. You should look
up the history and description of this monument at
and his wife are buried in the crypt below it with the ashes of
their daughter and son-in-law. The interior and exterior art
work is amazing.
BACK OF THE PAPERWEIGHT
The back of the paperweight is difficult to read but I believe it says, "Brought from Cleveland, Ohio Aug. 1905 from J. J. Stark, Anna Stark for D. M. Cupp 1934.
David M. Cupp
David M. Cupp was born in June 1874 in Pleasant,
Fairfield County, to Francis Marion and Elizabeth (Freeman) Cupp. He
was named after his grandfather David Cupp (who was born in 1803 in Virginia)
who married Catharine (born in PA) and raised at least 6 children in
Fairfield County. Their fifth child was Francis Marion. David
was the oldest of Marion's three children.
He moved to Berkshire Township and married Blanch L. Stark (daughter of Cepter and Sylvia (Benton) Stark in August 1906. They had a daughter Sylvia Elizabeth Cupp in 1908. When the marriage ended in divorce, Blanch stayed in the Columbus area for awhile then she and Sylvia moved to California.
David became a partner with Frank in the Whittier Insurance Company in 1908. He owned the company by 1910 and was also practicing law.
In September 1917, David married widow Fanny Patrick, the daughter of Nathan Marble. Fanny was running the hardware store at the northwest corner of Cherry and Vernon Streets following the death of her husband, Norman Patrick, in 1915. She was the mother of Armond (17), Christine (15) and Evelyn (7). The family lived in the row of connected houses on the south side of Cherry Street just east of Vernon Street.
In 1920 Cupp was the Prosecutor of Delaware County. He and Fanny
lived on Cherry Street . Armond had moved out and Christine married
Lester Cook in February 1920. Fanny’s daughter Evelyn Patrick lived
Benoy House on left before it was turned and became The Sunbury
News. Next is the Insurance Company, then the
Grill, rest is Norman Patrick's building.
||Perfect - Patrick Hardware was on the left of Norman Patrick's Building. This became the Kroger Store and was destroyed by fire in 1927.|
|By 1927 fire, the Patrick building was owned by C.A. Root and was destroyed as well as C. E. Budd's adjoining pool hall and residence. Ray's Market was next to the pool hall was threatened but not damaged.|
Oatfield Whitney bought Cupp's part of the insurance company in 1933 and it became Whitney Insurance with both Oatfield and his son Hoyt selling insurance. These men are the grandfather and father of David C. Whitney who donated the paperweight to the Myers inn Museum.
By 1954 it was just Hoyt Whitney’s business. Following heart problems, Hoyt sold Whitney Insurance to Bob Morris in 1956. Today David Morris (Bob's son) still runs the business on East Cherry Street.
J. J. and Anna Stark
J. J. Stark is John Joseph Stark who was the son of Oliver and Eliza Stark and the younger brother of Cepter Stark and was the brother of David Cupp's first wife Blanch. Anna Robinson was J. J.'s wife. J. J. died in 1928 and Anna in 1934 when the paperweight went to David Cupp.
David and Blanch's daughter Sylvia married Kenneth C. Evans in Santa Cruz, CA, where they lived the rest of their lives. David Cupp died in 1935 and Fanny in 1939. Both are buried in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Myers Inn Museum has Nathan Marble’s wagon tool box as well as a
desk and table he made.
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