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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

Minnie Putt
Contributed by Patricia Watson Dyson


Mrs. Minnie Putt, Age 61, Stepped in Front of Car Driven by Phillip Fluke on Garrett Street.
     Mrs. Minnie Putt, 61, wife of Wm F. Putt, a Baltimore & Ohio passenger engineer, met instant death Friday night at 7:10 o’clock when she was struck in front of her home on North Randolph Street in Garrett by an automobile driven by Phillip Fluke of Richland Township, northwest of Garrett.
     She was rolled over and over on the pavement of road 27 by the wheels of the car. Her skull was fractured, her chest crushed and one leg broken. A daughter, Mrs. Elmer DePew, who lives across the road from her parents home, heard the crash without knowing at the time that her mother was the victim and she was the first to reach her mother’s side.
     Mrs. DePew had asked her mother to go with her to revival services at the Christian Union Church, northwest of Garrett. At first Mrs. Putt said she would not go, but later changed her mind. She hastened to get ready and hurried from her house to get to her daughter’s home before the latter left for church.
     Fluke was driving south into Garrett alone. He says the speed of his machine was 20 or 25 miles an hour and so far as known there was so other car nearby. Why Mrs. Putt stepped onto the pavement with the automobile approaching will never be known, but the car may have been closer then she thought. Fluke told Coroner B. O. Shook that when he saw Mrs. Putt his car was only a dozen feet from her. He says he applied his brakes and tried to avert an accident, but could not do so. The left fender and headlight struck Mrs. Putt. She was thrown to the pavement and apparently was run over by one of the wheels. She was rolled along ten to fifteen feet before the rear wheel passed over her. Fluke stopped a short distance farther on.
     “As I stepped from my house with my son, Jack, I heard a crash and ran to the road to see what had happened,” Mrs. DePew said. “I saw a form in the center of the pavement and when I reached it I found it was my mother,” Mrs. Putt was lifeless, Mrs. DePew screamed and then swooned. Her daughter Mrs. Irvin Hilkert , and the latter’s husband ran from the house. Mr. Putt also was called and he and Fluke and Hilkert carried Mrs. Putt into her own home.
     Final rites will be conducted at the Garrett M. E. church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Rev. B. H. Franklin, the pastor, will officiate and interment will be made in Union Cemetery, northwest of Garrett.
     Mrs. Putt’s maiden name was Harvey and she was born Dec. 30, 1875, a mile and a half south of Garrett. She and Mr. Putt were married June 16, 1895, and they went to housekeeping in Garrett at once. Surviving besides the widower are five children, Mrs. Chas Quinn of 520 North Randolph Street. Garrett, Douglas Putt of North Randolph Street, Garrett. Collis Putt and Mrs. Trevor Drake of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. DePew. There are also seven grandchildren.
     Mrs. Putt was a member of the Garrett Methodist Episcopal church, the Willing Workers Sunday School Class, the auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, the auxiliary to the American Legion, the auxiliary to the Baltimore and Ohio Veteran Employees Association and the Eagle Ladies Club.

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