“John Shoup, of Madison street, too old and infirm to care for himself, will go to the infirmary. The case is a particularly sad one. Mr. Shoup came to Portsmouth from Ironton three years ago. Shortly after coming here he was taken sick and has been unable to do any work since. His wife has supported them as best she could, doing any work that she could get. Seeing that he was not getting in shape to do any work, Mr. Shoup decided to go to the infirmary rather than be a burden on his wife. The latter protested that she was able to keep them both, but Shoup would not have it that way and has made arrangements to be taken to the infirmary.”
“It is said that he has a son in Huntington comparatively wealthy, but who would not help him.”1
“John Shoup is lying at the point of death at his home at the corner Front and Madison street. He is not expected to live and his daughter in Cincinnati has been telegraphed for. His son, a well-to-do business man of Huntington was not notified as it is said a short time ago that he never wanted to hear from his father again.”
“Shoup is the old gentleman who was taken to the infirmary a short time ago. He went at his own request, but after being there a few days concluded that he would rather be with his wife. He is said to have gotten up out of a sick bed and tried to come back to Portsmouth. He was finally brought to town by Superintendent Wishon and once more put under his wife’s care, but has been critically ill ever since.”2
“John Shoup died at his home 239 West Front street, at 2:30 this morning. He had been sick some time. He was taken to the infirmary a few days ago but brought back to town in a few days and has been supported by his wife. The old gentleman has a son in Huntington, comparatively wealthy but he refused to have anything to do with him.”3
- To The Infirmary: John Shoup Will Go Rather Than Be a Burden to His Wife. (1896, September 16). Portsmouth Daily Times, p. 8.
- Almost Dead: Poor Old John Shump Not Expected to Live Many More Days. (1896, September 28). Portsmouth Daily Times, p. 4.
- Shoup. (1896, October 15). Portsmouth Daily Times, p. 4.