Peabody

Came across a story about coal company Peabody Energy, and went looking into the founder of the company, Francis S. Peabody. (Is he the Mr. Peabody mentioned in John Prine’s song Paradise? Think so).

There are prominent Peabodys in the history of Massachusetts but this Mr. Peabody was from Chicago.

And how does a coal baron die? He died of a heart attack during a fox hunt on his own estate.

Only a year after Mayslake Hall was completed, Francis Peabody died of a heart attack during a fox hunt on his property. He was 63.

(source for that photo: MichaelBNA on Wikipedia)



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