Ref: Who's Who in Louisville and Kentucky, printed 1926
DeHART, John William, executive; b. Meadows of Dan, Patrick Co., VA.; s. of Jonathan and Mahala (Shelor) DeHart; ed. public schools and Brown Academy, Hillsville, VA.; Postmaster, Freemans, WV 1892-94; member Louisville Board of Public Works, 1917. Ky. mgr. Modern Woodsmen of America. m. Virginia Dickerson Bolt of Laurel Fork, VA, March 8, 1883. Democrat. Baptist. Mason. Mem. Modern Woodmen of America. Royal Neighbors of America. Improved Order of Redmen. Board of Trade. Through his exceptional ability as an organizer Mr. DeHart has built up the membership of the Modern Woodmen of America to 20,000 with $30,000 worth of insurance in force. Home: 312 Raymond Ave. Office 1313 Starks Building
Ref: Obituary, Louisville Courier Journal
DEHART, John W., 65 years old, 312 Raymond Ave. State Deputy of the Modern Woodmen of America, dropped dead at his office, 1396 Starks Building, at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon (October 25, 1927).
Mrs. Virginia DeHart, his wife, was in the office at the time and James Pickering a field deputy working under Mr. DeHart who had stepped out of the room was called by Mrs. DeHart when her husband fell over on his desk. Mr. Pickering said Mr. DeHart had been in poor health for the last ten days, but had improved sufficiently to return to work.
There are about 900 lodges of the order in Kentucky which were under the supervision of Mr. DeHart who came here from St. Louis, MO., 21 years ago. Mr. DeHart was born in Meadows of Dan, VA.
Besides Mrs. DeHart, he is survived by three sons, Claude DeHart, Louisville; Dorsey DeHart, Paducah, a district deputy of the order, and Roy DeHart, Los Angeles, and 7 grand children. Submitted by: Beth Breisch
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