Taken from the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper / September 20, 1913
J.B. STUBBS FALLS DEAD, HEART TIRING Retired Manufacturer Drops While Talking Business in Williamson Building Wife and Daughter Race to Cleveland in Fast Auto
A half hour after he had arrived in Cleveland from Saegerstown, Pa. yesterday morning, Jabez B. Stubbs, 1911 E. 84th-st, well known retired manufacturer, fell dead in a chair in the offices of V. C. Taylor & Son, real estate dealers, 508 Williamson building. He was talking to Mr. V.C. Taylor when he dropped. Dr. Frank E. Bunts, 222 Osborn building, was summoned. He said death was due to heart trouble. H.C. [Charles H.] Warner, broker, 1911 E. 84th-st, a son-in-law, was notified, and the body was taken to the J.H. Brown undertaking establishment, 2007 Prospect-av S.E. Until his retirement six years ago, Stubbs was vice president of the Struthers Furnace Co., with offices at 1106 Citizens building. He held his interest in the firm until his death. Stubbs was born in Poland, O., on Nov. 17, 1841, and started his career as a railroad telegraph operator. He was moved to Chicago, where he met W.G. Runyon, now president of the Struthers Furnace Co. A short time after they met they organized a commission business, dealing in steel, pig iron and coal, under the name of Stubbs & Runyon, and later organized the Luther Tyle Coal Co. of Chicago, which controlled many coal properties throughout Illinois. Stubbs and Runyon came to Cleveland in 1895, and with F.L. Mack, they organized the firm of Stubbs, Runyon & Mack, which was later reorganized as the Struthers Furnace Co. Stubbs is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sarah Stubbs, formerly Miss Sarah Hickok of Painesville, O.; a daughter, Mrs. H.C. [C.H.] Warner; a sister [this is wrong, it is his daughter-in-law], Mrs. W.C. Stubbs of Highland Park, Ill.; and two brothers, Dr. J.E. Stubbs of Chicago, and Rev. Newton C. Stubbs [Robert Newton, not Newton C.] of Cattaraugus, N.Y. His father was a well known Methodist minister in Ohio, and was in charge of churches in Cleveland many years ago. The funeral will be from Wade Memorial Church, and interment will be at Lakeview cemetery. Mrs. Stubbs, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. H.C. [H.C.] Warner, left Saegerstown for Cleveland last night in a fast automobile.