submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007

June 19 1896 (?) (hand written)

The community at large will be painfully surprised to learn of the death of one of its most respected citizens, Samuel Shammo, who departed this life at 1:15 oclock this afternoon, at the family residence on East Fourth street. Very few of his acquaintances had been aware of the illness of Mr. Shammo, which dates from last Monday at midnight, when he was attacked with a congestive chill. He rallied from the prostrating effect of the chill and was supposedly regaining his wonted health, until this noon, when he suffered a sudden relapse, it being the result of complication of heart and brain trouble, and despite all efforts to restore his failing energies, he passed peacefully away.

Mr. Shammo was born March 21, 1820, in Halifax, Pa., and was therefore in his 68th year.

Mr. Shammo came to this place from Pennsylvania over forty years ago. We find his name in the first city directory, issued in 1856, and his occupation is there given as a harness maker. He worked a number of years at his trace with Alex. Jackson and then went into the grocery business. For some years he was in partnership with A.J. Bishop and then became a member of the wholesale grocery house of Shammo & Cummins, who conducted a successful business for many years in the Ogilvie block on Front street, now known as the Commercial Hotel. The firm retired from active mercantile life about ten years ago, each with a well-earned competency. Mr. Cummins preceded Mr. Shammo in death only a few months ago.

Mr. Shammo was a quiet, unobtrusive man, known best and most appreciated by his immediate circle of friends. For some years past defective hearing caused him to mingle less often than before with his fellow-citizens, but among those with whom he was familiar, he was ever greeted as a genial, whole-souled companionable man. He had been for a number of years a member of the Methodist church.

Mr. Shammo was united in marriage in this cityin 1868 with Mary E. Meyers, who with two daughters, Misses Carrie and Eva, survive. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. John Garnes, of Muscatine Island, and Mrs. Rebecca Brubaker, of Halifax, Pa. The deep sympathy of their many friends will be extended to Mrs. Shammo and daughters in their great affliction.

The time of the funeral will be announced later.

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