Thursday, March 03, 2011

Robert Brown Ballantyne 1910-1956

Jean's brother, Robert Brown Ballantyne, died March 4, 1956.  He was born February 18, 1910 and was 12 when Jean was born.  He is quoted as saying, "At least she won't bother me for awhile, " possibly unlike sister Virginia, who was born in 1914.

* from Pittsburgh Press March 5, 1956 [another obituary on the same page is for Allen Gore, grandfather of Al Gore, Jr.]

Industrialist's Rites Planned Wednesday: Robert Ballantyne Headed Fire Clay Manufacturing Co.

Private services for Robert Brown Ballantyne, 46, president of the West Virginia Fire Clay Manufacturing Co., of Pittsburgh, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hamel Mortuary, McMurray Road near Bethel Church Road, Bethel Borough.

Mr. Ballantyne died yesterday at his home, 108 Chessbriar Dr., Bethel Borough.

He was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Eastern States Blast Furnace Assn. and American Refractory Institute.

He was a graduate of Culver Military Academy and the University of West Virginia.

He leaves his widow, Harriet Cochran Ballantyne; three sons, Blaine, Roger and Robert; mother, Mrs. Lucy B. Ballantyne; and two sisters, Mrs. Virginia Dailey and Mrs. Jean Ubile [sic].

Friends are being received at the Hamel Mortuary.

A photocopied obituary from an unknown newspaper, probably the New Cumberland paper, includes this additional info:

He was a descendant of one of the first families to have settled in Hancock County in the Revolutionary War.  [Oliver Brown, additional information on Oliver to be published soon.]

West Virginia Fire Clay Co. which he headed was established in 1893 by his father, and his uncle , Charles A. (Alex) Ballantyne.  The latter, secretary-treasurer of the company suffered a stroke several weeks ago and is confined to his home on Ridge Avenue.

[This obituary has Uible spelled correctly.]

Picture below and information about them originally posted by MV on 1/24/07. See original post here.

These are the pictures Katie Brown Ramaker emailed me last night; Robert and Virginia as the two younger children. Lucie is on the right in first picture and 2nd from right in the right hand picture. We believe the pictures are from about 1920, very possibly in Florida or enroute considering the palm trees and prolific spanish moss. Back of one of the pictures notated a Mrs. Hawkins but not sure which one?

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