Obituary from the Vincennes Daily Capital February 19, 1902
Death Ends Busy Life.
Theophilus P. Agnew Succumbs to Stroke of Apoplexy.
Sketch of His Life and Work.
He was Born in Ohio and Earned Success as a River Pilot Previous to Superintending City Electric Railway.
-----– Ar 8:30 this (Wednesday) morning Theophilus P. Agnew breathed his last and peacefully died at his home 317 North Ninth Street.The cause of death was the result of a stroke of apoplexy which attacked him last Sunday night, after a most pleasant day’s celebration of his 60th birthday.JHis death was almost momentarily expected ever since the sudden loss of consciousness on Sunday night and came not as a surprise to his family and many friends who had given up all hope.
Theophilus P. Agnew was born in Coshocton County, Ohio February 16, 1842 and was a son of Martin and Francis (Phillips) Agnew, natives of New York and Ohio, respectively.The family came to this county in 1844 and located on a farm in Decker township and later moved to this city where the father engaged in the dairy business which he followed until his death in 1867.Mr. Agnew was raised in this city and received his education in the public schools.In 1863 he started out in the steamboat business and engaged in it very extensively on the Wabash, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, and Mississippi rivers for twenty-four years.At that time he was considered the best steamboat pilot in this part of the country and his thorough knowledge of machinery enabled him to become recognized as an accomplished steamboat captain.He was known in almost every town along the river he was engaged on and had a wide acquaintance among river men.
In 1870 Mr. Agnew became financially interested in the line of steamboats along the Wabash river and for a number of years was associated with the late Captain Allen Tindolph.Together they built and managed a line of the best boats that ever anchored here and the line included the “Belgrade”, “Vigo”, and “Crown Point” and many others.
Mr. Agnew gave up the river business in November 1885 and opened a large grocery store on Main Street between Second and Third.This he conducted until about seven years ago when he retired from the business and took a position with the street railway company when the late Allen Tindolph was president.Shortly after Mr. Tindolph’s death Mr. Agnew was made superintendant and held the position until his death.
In 1875 he was married to Miss Ella Green, daughter of William Green of this city and she survives him.To them were born five children, all boys as follows:William M. and Ray Agnew of Indianapolis,George Agnew of Minneapolis, Minn., and Chester and Allen of this city.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 21st at the residence, in charge of Rev. W A Hunter, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and Rev. T H Willis, of the Methodist Episcopal Church.