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From: "SHARON F DEPUY" <>
Subject: Re: [DEPUY] Revra Depuy
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 13:02:30 -0500
Wayne, Revra's company later became DePuy, Inc., in which we held stock
until the company was sold. At the time of the sale, stockholders were not
offered an option, but were only paid for their shares. Sharon
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From: "Wayne L. Shepard" <>
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2001 10:20 AM
Subject: [DEPUY] Revra Depuy
While accomplishing some Depuy research, I came across some information
on Revra Depuy, a manufacturer in Warsaw, IN, and I thought that I would
share it with you:
REVRA DEPUY - 1860-1921
Founder of the Depuy Manufacturing Company
Revra DePuy was born March 22, 1860, at Grand Rapids, MI. His father,
James DePuy, was a lawyer at Grand Rapids, but moved his family to
Canada when Revra was a child. When his father died, Revra's mother
returned to the United States and settles at Marseilles, IL.
Owing to the early death of his father, DePuy came face to face with
hard circumstances in his boyhood. He lived in a number of different
localities and supported himself by many different kinds of work. He
worked as a clerk in a drug store, leading him to take a course in
chemistry at the University of Toronto, the institution from which he
received his diploma. He then worked as a traveling salesman, which led
him to Warsaw, Indiana. He arrived at this city in 1895 with a purpose;
a plan that he had conceived to manufacture a fiber splint to replace
the wooden barrel staves splints which had been used up to then to set
bone fractures. DePuy became the first commercial orthopedic
manufacturer in the world.
During his early career, DePuy was also a chemist. According to the
Warsaw Daily Times of October 10, 1921 (his obituary), he invented the
formula for sugar coating pills.
He was considered a prominent member of the community. The November 1,
1895 Daily Times reported, "A very fine little dancing party was given
by Dr. Depuy at Webber's Hall last evening. It was a program affair,
and the small but happy crowd thoroughly enjoyed the evening's
The Daily Times reported in its March 9, 1896 edition: "Revra DePuy and
Miss Winifred Stoner, daughter of Sheriff and Mrs. Stoner, were quietly
united in marriage." They went to Cincinnati for their honeymoon; he
was 25 and she was 17 at the time. After their marriage, they resided
at the Hotel Hays in Warsaw.
Revra died of heart trouble on October 9, 1921. He and Winifred were
childless. She remarried to Herschel Leiter, who took control of the
His obituary read: "Revra Depuy, who has manufactured wire splints for
25 years, was one of Warsaw's substantial businessmen and his advice was
frequently sought in a business way. He was a well-educated, self-made
man and had a knowledge of nearly every subject far beyone the average.
He was generous and courteous and had many warm personal friends among
those who knew him well."
I hope that this might stimulate some more postings, as this list has
been quiet for some time.