Death of Miss Sarah Amelia Scull
McKean County Miner, February
Died at the home Mr. and Mrs. John Forrest, at about
1:00 o’clock last Friday morning, as a result at the severe burns,
and attendant shock she received at the fire at her home on Water street,
on Saturday night, Feb. 8th, Miss Sarah Amelia Scull.
At the time the Democrat went to press last Thursday Miss Scull’s
condition was precarious, with scarcely any hope that she would rally
from the coma in which she lay for several days before the end came.
While this aged and beloved woman never suffered any pain from her burns,
and for a day or two after the accident was in a most cheerful frame
of mind, she gradually declined from the effects of the shock, advanced
age being decidedly against her in the unequal struggle against the
inevitable, and she quietly passed away at the time mentioned.
Miss Scull was born in Monroe County, N.Y., neat the city of Rochester,
on November 25, 1834, being a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Scull, who were among the early settlers of Smethport. At the age of
14 the subject of this sketch began teaching in this county, a vocations
which she followed during nearly all her long life. Her thirst for knowledge
developed early in her life, and it was her ambition to secure a higher
education. With the money she earned as a teacher she paid her way through
Wesleyan Seminary, at Lima, N.Y. After she graduated at that institution
she went to Meadville, Pa., where she secured the position in the Pittsburgh
Female College. After a time she obtained a position in the Chestnut
Street Seminary, Philadelphia, in which city in company with two other
ladies she afterwards established the Logan Square Seminary. This venture
proved unsuccessful owing to the panic of 1877. For some time thereafter
she was connected with a school at Ogantz, near Philadelphia. From there
she went to Washington, D.C., where she filled the position of vice-principal
of Mount Vernon Seminary, in that city, for some time, which was her
last active school work. It was while in Washington that she perfected
her plans for carrying out a long cherished ambition to visit Greece,
as she was greatly interested in the study of Greek mythology and art.
In 1886 she set out on the trip to Greece, where she made a close study
of everything pertaining to the history of that wonderful country, its
ruins, art, etc. During her sojourn in Greece Miss Scull secured with
her own camera about five hundred views of Grecian ruins and statuary,
which are said to be the finest extant. While abroad Miss Scull pursued
her interesting studies in Paris and London, and during nearly twenty-five
years this talented lady has spent nearly all her time in preparing
works on Grecian history. She has issued two books, “Greed Mythology
Systematized,” and “Catalogue on Greek Art,” which
are said to be masterpieces. During the past twelve years Miss Scull
had been busily engaged in compiling a more elaborate work on Grecian
history, but the hand of death stayed her in her work, and we understand
that the manuscript for the planned work, which had required all these
years of diligent work, was badly damaged by the fire that caused her
At the early age of 13 years Miss Scull united with the Methodist church,
with which she affiliated for nearly seventy years. Hers was a beautiful
Christian life, and inspiration to all who came in contact with this
devout woman. A more loveable character never existed that was Miss
Scull, and her sad death under such distressing circumstances caused
profound sorrow throughout this entire community, where she was personally
known to nearly every person in it. Her only surviving relatives are
a brother, Victor Scull, who is an inmate of a soldiers’ home
somewhere in the West, and two nephews who reside in Arkansas.
The funeral of Miss Scull was held at the M. E. church at 10:30 Sunday
morning, Rev. W.A. Harris, of Medina, N.Y., a former pastor of the Smethport
Methodist church, and Rev. E.S. Beacom, pastor in charge, conducting
the services. There was a large attendance of sorrowing friends present
at the service. Previous to removing the remains to the church, Rev.
W.E. VanDyke, rector of St. Luke’s church, conducted prayer services
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest.
In the death of Miss Scull Smethport has lost one of its best beloved
residents, a lady who will be missed in every walk of life in this borough.