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=============================================================== Pittsburgh Gazette, 22 January 1901 LUTHER - On Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 1901, Francis Luther, aged 92 years. Funeral from the residence of his niece, Mrs. H. Mulhern (Julia RYAN), 920 Vickroy St. Solemn high mass of requiem in St. Paul's cathedral. Friends are respectfully invited to attend. Page 9 Francis Luther, well known as a riverman and father of Pat Luther, the crack oarsman, died Sunday night in his room over the Luther Swimming college on the Allegheny river at the Allegheny end of the Ninth street bridge. He was 92 years old. Patrick is also seriously ill. Francis Luther was born in Ireland. He came to this country in 18?8, coming directly to this city. He lived at first in the Hill district and later in the Ninth ward. He went on the river and became widely known as a transporter of oil. He accumulated considerable money, but always chose to live near the water, and when his two sons, Patrick and Willliam, started the swimming school he had apartments fixed for him there. He had been ill but a short while, and the death was unexpected. ===== The Pittsburgh Press, 23 November 1928, Page 57 LUTHER, VETERAN OARSMAN SUCCUMBS Pat Luther, oldest oarsman in the United States, died yesterday in the Passavant Hospital after a lingering illness. Luther came to Pittsburgh in his youth and took part in local sculling events, his greatest achievement being the winning of the four-oared event in the Hulton regatta in 1894, together with Henry Coulter, Joe Kay and James G. Taylor, father of John T. Taylor, present chairman of the A. A. U. Luther's final appearance on local rivers was in a match against Eph Morris, which the latter won and 12 years later at the age of 81 he appeared in an event with Pete Snyder on the Allegheny River where he made his home for the last 21 years. The funeral will take place from McDermott's funeral parlor, McKees Rocks, tomorrow morning. ===== The Pittsburgh Press, 24 November 1928, Front Page and Page 2 Pat Luther's Death In the death of Pat Luther, who was buried this morning, Pittsburgh, once the leading sculling center of the United States, lost her last of the former champions. Luther was 93 years old when he passed away, and was the last of the old school of oarsmen reared and tutored in the Pittsburgh district. As far back as the Centennial exhibition at Philadelphia in 1876, Pat received publicity which brought him national prominence as a sculler. On that occasion, he defeated many of the leading scullers of America and other nations. His ability was recognized in those days along with Edward Hanlon of Toronto, Fred Plaisted, Charley Courtney, Wallace Rose and other of the same school. Returning from the centennial, Luther engaged in races on the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers with many well know oarsmen. Even the lamented Jimmy Hammel, then the pride of the city, could hardly cope with the sturdy Luther. Pat never really retired from the rowing game. As late as the nineties, he competed in sculling races at The Press Regatta, against men of his age, including Henry Coulter, James G. Taylor, Christ Hauck and Joe Kay. Until recently Luther could be seen rowing about the rivers in a skiff. He loved the water, and nothing could keep hi away from it. At the great Hulton regatta in 1882, Luther was a member of the four-oared crew with Coulter, Kay and Taylor. They competed in the veterans' race, but were beaten by the Faulkner crew of Boston. Luther lived practically the life of a recluse, since disposing of his boat house, which he conducted at the foot of Ninth st. for many years, and where many Pittsburghers of today took their first lessons in swimming. He lived alone in a small boat house below the Seventh st. bridge. Summer and winter alike he rowed daily, unless the river was too high. Members of the Columbia Boat Club often called on him to see that he was getting along all right. He became hard of hearing and conversed by means of a slate. Pall bearers were selected from those who knew him best, and included John B. Henderson, Ralph J. Adams, John T, Taylor, Oscar Lindsay, Charles Taylor and W. J. Snyder. ==========================================================

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