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Posted by: Pamela Villafuerte (ID *****7708) Date: November 30, 2002 at 16:03:12
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OBITUARY: HE MADE THE PARKS. Oscar F. DUBUIS, the Park Engineer, Passed Away Yesterday. At At 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, O.F. DUBUIS, the man who constructed Peoria's magnificent park and driveway system and brought it to its present perfection, closed his eyes in the sleep eternal and Peoria thereby loses one of its most talented citizens. Mr. DUBUIS was a remarkable man in his versatility. He was at once an artist, an architect, an engineer, a landscape gardener and a botanist, and was proficient in all. He had a remarkable faculty for developing the artistic possibilities of the grounds under his charge and arranging scenes of beauty, as Glen Oak, the Laura Bradley park, and the pleasure driveway will attest. When he came to Peoria twelve years ago the park board had just been organized and it had purchased the BIRKET property now known as Glen Oak park. Its hills and valleys at once appealed to his artistic faculties and he eventually made of it the beautiful domain which it now is. The small park in the lower end of the city next claimed his attention and in three years South park also became a thing of beauty. He then began work on the Laura Bradley park and there the exercise of his splendid capabilities was again demonstrated. His last work was the improvement of the pleasure driveway which runs from Averyville to Prospect Heights and it received the same artisitic attention which had been bestowed on the other sections of the park system. The lily ponds, the waterfalls, the pergolas, the rustic bridges, towers, pavilions and all the improvements that beautify the park and driveway system came from his busy and artistic brain, and in Oscar F. DUBUIS Peoria had a remarkable man and one whose loss is irreparable. Oscar F. DUBUIS was born in Canton Vaud, Switzerland. His father was a professor of natural sciences and a teacher in the public school. The son graduated from the public schools and took a two years course at the Polytechnic Institute at Winterthur, Switzerland, and that was followed by a four years apprenticeship to an architect. In 1870 he came to the United States at the age of twenty-one and settled in Chicago, where he took a position as architect and first class draughtsman with W.L.B. Jenny, engineer of West park, where he remained until after the great fire of 1871, when for the want of funds the city discontinued the work. Later he was appointed superintendent of the West Chicago park system, where he remained until 1893, a term of twenty-one years. He was removed under the administration of Gov. ALTGELD for political reasons, but soon after became engineer in Lincoln park, where he remained one year. In 1895 his services were engaged by the park board of Peoria and he has lived here ever since. He was married in Chicago to Miss Fannie GIRARD, a native of California. His wife, four sons and two daughters survive him. The eldest son, John, is a resident of Los Angeles, Cal.; Ernest lives in this city, while Harry is conducting the business of a florist at Danville, Ill., and George is at Wilmington, Del., where he is studying illustrating. The two daughters are Mrs. Pearl OLSON of Wichita, Kan. and Miss Hattie DUBUIS who lives at home. Mr. DUBUIS returned last Saturday from Los Angeles, Cal., where he had spent some weeks with his son John. He was troubled with an affection of the heart and seemed to have been benefited by the trip. On coming home he took to his bed and at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon attempted to rise from it. The effort proved to be too much for him and he fell back and quietly passed away. His death occurred at his home, 100 Wisconsin avenue. The funeral arrangements will be announced later. (SOURCE>Peoria Star Newspaper, Tuesday 17 April 1906)

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