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W. S. DEPEW

W. S. DEPEW, builder and contractor at Bloomington, has been a resident of the Prairie State since 1835, when, a child of three years, he came to this county with his parents. He was born in Indiana, Aug. 12, 1832, and is the son of James and Judah (Hill) DePew, natives respectively of Virginia and North Carolina.

James DePew removed from his native State, to Indiana when sixteen years of age, and remained a resident of that State until April, 1835. He then came to Illinois, and settling south of Bloomington Grove, engaged in farming pursuits for a period of over thirty years. In 1866 he abandoned active labor, and is now living a retired life in the city of Bloomington. The parental family consisted of six children, two now living, W. S. and James Albert, the latter a resident of Missouri. The mother died a few years after coming to Illinois, in 1846. James DePew is a Republican in politics, and has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1824, his wife also having been connected with them.

The subject of this history spent his younger days in school until eighteen years old, and then learned the trade of cabinet-making, which he followed for eight years. He then became a carpenter and joiner, and in 1863 commenced as a contractor and builder, and was soon giving employment to from three to six men. He has followed this continuously up to the present, and has been very successful in his business transactions.

Mr. DePew was married on the 4th of June, 1854, to Miss Fannie M. Schaum, who was born in Indiana, and was the daughter of Jacob P. Schaum, who came to Illinois in 1849, and settling in Bloomington, engaged in the hatter's trade. His family included six children, five now living: Fannie M. is the wife of our subject; Henry L. is a resident of Lawrence, Kan.; Henrietta, Mrs. West, of Bloomington; John J., of St. Paul, and Rosella, Mrs. Worthsmith.

Of the union of our subject and his wife were born four children: James P. married Miss Hesser, and they have three children Mabel, Ethel M. and Earle R.; Ida M., Mrs. Heafer, is the mother of three children Stella P., Edgar M. and Roscoe C.; Etta M. married Mark D. Drum, and William E. is at home. Our subject and his wife and children are members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he has been Class-Leader four years. The family residence is pleasantly located at No. 803 West Olive street, and their friends and associates are numbered among the best residents of the city. Mr. DePew is Republican in politics, and a valued factor in the business and industrial interests of the city. His office is located at No. 218 South Main Street.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 482. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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