Samuel DePew
Contributed by Patricia Watson Dyson


June 5, 1910

LAST TAPS SOUNDED FOR MR. DEPEW
Aged Veteran of the Civil War on Yesterday Succumbed to Ravages of Paralysis
Was Born in DeKalb county and Has Lived Here Since—Funeral Tuesday
     At the age of sixty five years, Samuel DePew, late of Fifth Street, breathed his last Sunday morning.  A succession of paralyic  strokes, the ravages of which could not be survived by the well known man, has plucked from our community another of our pioneers, a tried and true veteran of the civil war, and a citizen of innumerable scruples.
     On October 12 last Mr. DePew suffered a stroke of paralysis, which rendered his condition serious.  He had partially convalesced  when another stroke came.  For a time about six weeks ago he hovered in death’s shadow and early death seemed inevitable, but he rallied, and friends hoped for his recovery.  During the last month it has been known, however, that the invasion of the grim sniper was sure to come, and the last stroke, which overtook him on last Sunday, all but took his life.  The suffering attending his illness was excruciating at all times, and the fight of the spirit signaled the first relief during the long illness.
    The decedent was born near Leo, Allen County September 7, 1854, residing there for a number of years.  He later went to Corunna where for a number of years he conducted a grocery store.  He then moved to the old homestead, four miles from Garrett, where the greater part of his life was spent.  In 1886 he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Mason, the ceremony having been performed at Avilla.  To this happy union were born six children as follows, all of whom survive to mourn the departure of a loving and kind-hearted father; Mrs. J. E. Cook, Garrett; Mrs. Levi Shirk, Keyser township; Mrs. W. D. Cook, Keyser township; Miss Belle DePew, Auburn, and Perry and Frank DePew, Auburn.  Ten years ago Mr. DePew and his family moved to Auburn, where they have since resided, the deceased retiring to inactivity. He has been a valuable citizen, and one whom the entire citizenship highly respected.
     When the call was made for volunteers in the sixties, Mr. DePew was one of the first to enlist with Co. F. 12 regiment, and for four years he fought for his country with the valor of true patriot, winning a place high in the esteem of his comrades.
     The death of Mr. DePew has signaled expressions of most poignant sorrow on every hand and the bereaved ones are joined by a multitude of friends in the hour of their extreme sadness.
     The funeral services will be held from Union church near Garrett Tuesday afternoon at one o’clock, Rev Thornburg officiating, and the service will be under the auspices of the G. A.R. of which he was a member.