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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.
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
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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