Oake Swansborough Philpott, a well-known local architect, tragically fell down the stairs in his home on the evening of September 22, 1892, while going to get milk before bed. He was found by his wife doubled over and unconscious at the bottom of the stairs. A doctor was summoned but Mr. Philpott passed away shortly after at 10:45pm.
Mr. Philpott was an architect who moved to Wheeling from Ravenna, Ohio, in 1888 and quickly established a successful practice designing buildings across West Virginia and Ohio. Though only a resident for a short time, he made many friends who mourn his sudden passing at the age of 45. Mr. Philpott was a well-traveled man who immigrated from England in his youth. He leaves behind a wife and five children, the oldest being around 22 years old. An active community member, he was involved in the local Democratic party, having joined the Men's Democratic Club and spoken at a recent tariff reform meeting. Mr. Philpott had many projects underway at the time of his death, including state buildings in Fairmont and Spencer. His death at a relatively young age was deeply saddening for all who knew him. Philpott is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna, Ohio. (https://tinyurl.com/ykarzehc) (https://tinyurl.com/55cdxme6) (https://tinyurl.com/2xekbuku)