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Dr John Housel DePuy

Dr John Housel DePuy

Birth
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 30 Jul 1904 (aged 83)
Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
Burial Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec H, DePuy vault
Memorial ID 39839440 · View Source
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(From "History of Wabash County" by Clarkson Weesner, pub 1914, pp 957-958)

JOHN HOUSEL DEPUY, M. D. Few men are sufficiently versatile to successfully pursue two separate and entirely different vocations during their lives. Rare indeed is the doctor who becomes a prosperous farmer, especially after he has attained middle age and become a man of substance through his own efforts in the line of his profession. Such, however, was the achievement of the late John Housel Depuy, for a number of years one of Wabash county's ablest medical practitioners, who in his later years answered the call of the soil, settled down to agricultural pursuits and accumulated some 1,500 acres of valuable farming land. His achievement is all the more remarkable, in that he started his career with but ordinary educational advantages and no capital or assistance from influential friends. His record is that of a self-made American, and is eminently worthy of being perpetuated among the representative citizens of Wabash county who have brought distinction to their county and their state.

Dr. John Housel Depuy was born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, August 30, 1820. He was of French lineage, being a descendant of one of three brothers who came from France at an early period and settled in New Jersey. John Depuy, the father, moved with his family to Stark county, Ohio, in 1823 and there the son, John H., grew up among pioneer surroundings. He assisted his father materially in thinning out the forest trees, in grubbing out the stumps and in clearing away the brush, and in the meantime, during the short winter terms, pursued his studies in the district school. At the age of seventeen years, with money which he had been able to save from his work, he continued his studies at Zanesville Academy. Having early decided to take up the study and practice of medicine as his life work, in 1841 he entered upon a course of private reading under the instruction of Dr. Henry Everts, of Cleveland, and later entered Willoughby Medical College. In 1845 he was graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and in the following year embarked upon the practice of his profession at Lagro, Indiana. His advent in Wabash occurred in 1864, in which year he purchased a farm in the vicinity of the city, and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, subsequently accumulating 1,500 acres of land and doing a large business in raising livestock. The Doctor was successful as a practitioner, and had built up a large and representative professional business. His ready sympathy, his kind heart and his gentle nature made him beloved by those who had occasion to call him in a professional capacity, and his devotion to the best ethics of his calling made him widely known in medical circles all over this part of the state. Yet, when he turned his attention to business matters, he was firm and unyielding in his decisions, although ever honorable. He gained ready recognition among the leading business men of Wabash by reason of his executive power and foresight, and his success in his real estate ventures fully equalled that which rewarded his efforts as a physician. Although never a politician he took a deep interest in civic affairs, and as a public-spirited citizen his standing was high. The city mourned when he passed away, July 20, 1904, at the age of 83 years, 10 months and 20 days.

On September 28, 1847, Doctor Depuy was united in marriage with Miss Julia A. Long, who was born October 17, 1825, a daughter of Stephen Long, of Wabash county, and to this union there were born two sons: Romeo L. and Frank. Mrs. Depuy, who survives her husband, makes her home in Wabash, where she is widely known and has hosts of appreciative friends.

Bio by: Friends of Falls Cemetery


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  • Created by: Deb Minniear Rush
  • Added: 24 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39839440
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John Housel DePuy (30 Aug 1820–30 Jul 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39839440, citing Falls Cemetery, Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Deb Minniear Rush (contributor 46796299) .