Daniel Sourbeck, hotel-keeper Alliance; was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1812. His parents were John and Lydia (Hemphill) Sourbeck, both natives of Pennsylvania. His father was a hotel-keeper for five years at Harrisburg, and twenty years at Bridgeport, Pennsylvania. He was drowned while fishing in the Susquehanna River near Dauphin on July 10, 1847. Of eight children, Daniel is the oldest son. He received his education at common schools, and in his youth, was variously employed; learning the carpenter’s trade, and in his father’s hotel, and followed the former occupation for several years. In the fall of 1834, he relocated to New Brighton, Pennsylvania, with William Laborn, a well-known bridge-builder, and was in his employ for about a year, assisting him to build a bridge across the Big Beaver River. During the succeeding two years he was completing work on the Erie Canal, which was contracted by himself and two others under the firm name of Phillips, Foreman and Sourbeck. He then returned to New Brighton, and was the proprietor of the Sourbeck House in that town from 1837 to 1852. In May of the latter year he removed to Alliance, Ohio, where he was engaged in the hotel business (Sourbeck House) for many years. He remained the proprietor of the Sourbeck House in New Brighton, which was run by his step grandson, Daniel Robertson. In December, of 1835, he married the widow of Edward Downey, nee Eliza Jack. He was connected with the Ohio Militia, having been a Lieutenant in the Alliance Light Guard, and while in Pennsylvania, he was Captain of a cavalry company known as Beaver County Light Horse. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and I.O.O.F. for many years. On the evening of December 8, 1856, a collision occurred in which a train on the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad, ran into a train on the P., Ft. W. & C.R.R., at the crossing close to the Sourbeck House, one of the cars being thrown into the rotunda into the hotel. Nine persons were killed outright, and several severely wounded. On August 29, 1860, Daniel had a narrow escape with death, in which accident occurred on the Camden and Amboy (New Jersey) R.R., in which thirty-two persons lost their lives. In the car that Daniel was in twenty-two were killed. The train was running backward at a high rate of speed and was thrown from the track by a team and carriage that was crossing the road. Being between high embankments the cars were smashed into kindling-wood, and the passengers bruised beyond recognition. Daniel had the scalp torn from the top of his head and his skull fractured, which disabled him for four months. At this time Daniel had been in the hotel business for forty-four years and is widely and favorably known throughout the United States, and part of the old country as one of the “old landmarks,” and proprietor of best railroad hotels in this country, in which many dignitaries of the United States, Indian Chiefs, Prince of Wales. Other guests include; President Lincoln on his way to his inauguration in Washington D.C., and General’s Grant and Sherman dined in the hotel. It is doubtful if any other railroad proprietor has so long held his position amid the various changes of railroad corporations. He truly was a self-made man, of fine personal appearance, good business qualifications, independent and outspoken in everything, affable, courteous and possessing a high sense of honor.