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  • ID: I18800
  • Name: George W. Samples 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: OCT 1898 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee 4 5 6 7 8
  • Death: 3 JUL 1938 in his residence, Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee 9 10 of uremia, cardio-renal-vascular disease with war wounds contributing 11 12
  • Military Service: World War 1, US Army, 120th Infantry, Headquarters Company 13 14 15 16
  • Event: World War 1 Draft Card Not found
  • Burial: 5 JUL 1938 Union Cemetery, Mineral Street & Lincoln Avenue, Cocke County, Tennessee 17 18
  • Event: Death Certificate Get: Cocke County, Tennessee, 1938, #14099
  • Event: Obituary On file
  • Medical Information: Was seriously wounded in World War 1, losing both his legs to amputation. 19
  • Note:
    Newport Plain Talk, 5 July 1938, page 1 [includes photo]:

    Death Comes to City’s Legless World War Hero

    Geo. Samples passes away at home at noon Sunday after an illness of several months

    Was wounded while Allies were breaking Hindenburg Line – Left on battlefield as dead but later picked up by members of home company – Funeral this morning

    Newport’s best known ex-soldier is dead. George Samples, legless World war veteran, passed into the Great Beyond at his home shortly after noon Sunday after an illness of eight weeks. Mr. Samples’ health began failing last September, but he was able to be about until approximately two months ago. Growing weaker Mr. Sample was taken to a Greeneville hospital, where he took treatment for two weeks. Seeing no chance for the stricken man, attending physicians had him removed to his home here last Wednesday where he remained until the end came Sunday.

    George volunteered his services to his country along with scores of other Cocke county boys in May, 1917, joining Capt. Thurman Ailor’s company of volunteers which was formed here. For weeks the company drilled at the fairgrounds before being called to camp. After entering the regular army camp, the local compann [sic] became a part of Headquarters Company, 120th Infantry, and was sent to Europe. The group saw action in Belgium and France. During an attack on the Hindenburg Line on September 29, 1918, George fell with what was thought to be fatal injuries. Mike Crino, well known local musician, who was with an ambulanee [sic] crew, went to the scene of action shortly after the charge, and looking over the site where he thought the Cocke countians had been he found Samples with both legs badly mangled. He picked Samples up and rushed him to a base hospital, where the injured limbs were removed by an operation.

    Returning to the States afterwards, Samples underwent numerous operations on his legs, and at the time of his death he had undergone 17 major operations, and both legs had been removed almost at the hips.

    Handicapped as he was, George was able to drive a care expertly. He devised equipment to attach to an automobile, making it possible for him to start the machine, feed the fuel, change gears and stop the call, all with his hands. Samples applied for a patent for his “contraption,” but someone in another part of the country had patented a similar device shortly before.

    For a number of years, George drove a taxi, mostly just to have something to do. being a great baseball fan he attended practically every game the Newport Canners played last year, including both home stands and road games. He and Mrs. Samples opened their home to the players and a number of the baseball boys roomed there last year and thus far this year. George only witnessed a few of this year’s games, his failing health prohibiting him from attending.

    Due to inactivity by the loss of his leg, Mrs. Samples’ kidneys and other organs became lax and a kidney ailment caused his death. He seemed to be in the best of health until within the past few months. He was well known and loved by all. He was very jovial, and oftimes [sic] kidded about his shoes hurting his feet, his toes itching, or some other joke about his feet or legs of which he had neither.

    George attended practically every state convention of the American Legion, and several of the national meetings. He always received a big hand when he appeared in public at all of the gatherings. During the state convention in Knoxville on Labor Day, 1933, George took part in the parade, being pushed by two local boys. The thousands gathered in that city for the meeting gave George a greater ovation than anyone else. At that time the NRA was new and every place advertised, “We do our part.” Over each of the wheels of George’s chair signed reading “I did my part” were placed and these attracted much attention.

    Mr. Samples was married to Miss Edwin [sic] Robeson several years ago. They have one daughter, Carol. Mr. Samples’ mother, Mrs. Alex Samples, made her home with them. George was very devoted to his mother, wife and daughter, always doing something for their pleasure. Surviving are also four brothers and four sisters.

    Military services were conducted at ten o’clock this morning in the Cocke County Memorial building with Revs. J.L Chaney, S.C. Amick and Will Weaver officiating. Burial was in the Union cemetery. The American Legion was in charge of the services.
    ==
    Over the Misty Blue Hills by Ruth Webb Odell, page 291-292:

    George Samples, Cocke County's Legless World War Veteran volunteered in May, 1917, joining Captain Thurman Ailor's company of Volunteers which formed here[. T]hey became part of Headquarters Company, 120th Infantry and went to Europe. The group saw action in Belgium and France. During the attack on Hindenburg Line on Sept. 29, 1918, George Samples fell with what was thought to be fatal injuries. Mike Crino, a well known musician of our County was with the ambulance crew found [sic] Samples with both his legs badly mangled. Crino rushed him to the hospital where they were removed.

    At the time of the death of Samples, July 3, 1938, he had undergone 17 major operations. Yet in spite of all this he refused to become an invalid[. H]e learned to drive a car and did taxi service just to have something to do. He attended all State Legion Conventions and several National ones where he was always given a big hand in the parages where he road in his wheel chair and over each wheel were signs which read... [elipsis in original] "I did my part."

    George Samples left his widow, Edwyn Robinson Samples, and one daughter, Carol, his mother, and several other relatives to mourn his passing.
    ==
    1920 Census, Blackhall District (Fort McPherson), US General Hospital #6, Fulton County, Georgia, SD 5, ED 155, page 221:
    Sampes, George, male, 20, white, single, literate, TN, TN, TN, laboror [apparently civilian occupations for all]
    Enumerated 6 January 1920 by Louis Ransom; with many others.

    1930 Census, Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee, CD 6, ED 15-13, SD 8, page 137b, dwelling 274, family 291:
    Robeson, Edward, head, owns home worth $1000, has radio, 56, married at 28, TN, NC, NC, no occupation
    ___, Belle, wife, female, 55, married at 27, TN, TN, TN
    [next page]
    Samples, Edwyne, female, 19, married at 16
    ___, Carol, granddaughter, female, 1 4/12, single
    ___, George, son-in-law, male, 29, married at 26, taxi driver, own car, for wages, veteran of the World War
    503 Mulberry Street. Enumerated 14 April 1930 by Fred Parrott; all white, literate, speak English, born in Tennessee, parents iN Tennessee unless noted.




    Father: Felix Alexander Samples b: 19 MAY 1861 in Cocke County, Tennessee
    Mother: Mary Elizabeth Watts b: 9 MAY 1872 in Cocke County, Tennessee

    Marriage 1 Edwyn Robeson b: ABT 1911 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee
    • Married: ABT 1927 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee 20 3 21
    Children
    1. Has No Children Carol Samples b: ABT JAN 1929 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee

    Sources:
    1. Title: United States Census - 1900
      Note: The 1900 Census added a great deal of information, such as the exact month and year of birth, years married, and a number of other elements. The enumeration date was 1 June 1900.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Cocke County, Tennessee, CD 16, SD 250, ED 162, page 65, dwelling 168, family 171
      Text: son George
    2. Title: United States Census - 1910
      Note: The 1910 Census actually contains a bit less data than the 1900 Census. The enumeration date changed to 15 April 1910.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Cocke County, CD 4, SD 1, ED 53, page 91b, dwelling & family 34
      Text: son George
    3. Title: Obituary: George W. Samples
      Author: Newport Plain Talk [Cocke County, Tennessee]
      Publication: 5 July 1938, page 1
      Note: Copy in his notes; original includes photo. Article entitled "Death Comes to City's Legless World War Hero".
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
      Text: "Mr. Samples was married to Miss Edwin [sic] Robeson several years ago. They have one daughter, Carol. Mr. Samples’ mother, Mrs. Alex Samples, made her home with them."
    4. Title: United States Census - 1900
      Note: The 1900 Census added a great deal of information, such as the exact month and year of birth, years married, and a number of other elements. The enumeration date was 1 June 1900.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Cocke County, Tennessee, CD 16, SD 250, ED 162, page 65, dwelling 168, family 171
      Text: born October 1898 in Tennessee
    5. Title: United States Census - 1910
      Note: The 1910 Census actually contains a bit less data than the 1900 Census. The enumeration date changed to 15 April 1910.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Cocke County, CD 4, SD 1, ED 53, page 91b, dwelling & family 34
      Text: age 11, born in Tennessee
    6. Title: United States Census - 1920
      Note: The enumeration date was 1 January 1920.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Blackhall District (Fort McPherson), US General Hospital #6, Fulton County, Georgia, SD 5, ED 155, page 221
      Text: age 20, born in Tennessee
    7. Title: United States Census - 1930
      Note: The enumeration date was 1 April 1930, except in Alaska, with an enumeration date of 1 October 1929
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee, CD 6, ED 15-13, SD 8, page 137b, dwelling 274, family 291
      Text: age 29, born in Tennessee
    8. Title: Death Certificate: George Samples
      Publication: Cocke County, Tennessee, 1938, #14099
      Note: No informant listed; many fields missing.
      Repository:
      Media: Official Document
      Text: age 38, born in Tennessee, no other details of birth
    9. Title: Over the Misty Blue Hills
      Author: O'Dell, Ruth (Webb)
      Publication: Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC, 2001 Reprint
      Note: Written about 1946, a history of Cocke County people.
      Repository:
      Media: Book
      Page: 291
      Text: died 3 July 1938
    10. Title: Obituary: George W. Samples
      Author: Newport Plain Talk [Cocke County, Tennessee]
      Publication: 5 July 1938, page 1
      Note: Copy in his notes; original includes photo. Article entitled "Death Comes to City's Legless World War Hero".
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
      Text: "George Samples, legless World war veteran, passed into the Great Beyond at his home shortly after noon Sunday after an illness of eight weeks."
    11. Title: Obituary: George W. Samples
      Author: Newport Plain Talk [Cocke County, Tennessee]
      Publication: 5 July 1938, page 1
      Note: Copy in his notes; original includes photo. Article entitled "Death Comes to City's Legless World War Hero".
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
      Text: "Due to inactivity by the loss of his leg, Mrs. Samples’ kidneys and other organs became lax and a kidney ailment caused his death."
    12. Title: Death Certificate: George Samples
      Publication: Cocke County, Tennessee, 1938, #14099
      Note: No informant listed; many fields missing.
      Repository:
      Media: Official Document
      Text: died due to uremia, cardio-renal-vascular disease with war wounds contributing
    13. Title: Over the Misty Blue Hills
      Author: O'Dell, Ruth (Webb)
      Publication: Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC, 2001 Reprint
      Note: Written about 1946, a history of Cocke County people.
      Repository:
      Media: Book
      Page: 291
      Text: volunteered May 1917 in Captain Thurman Ailor's company which became part of the Headquarters Company of the 120th Infantry
    14. Title: Tennessee World War I Veterans
      Author: Tennessee State Library and Archives
      Note: Online index to compiled service records.
      Note: Subject to missed records, misspellings, etc.
      Repository:
      Note: http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/military/ww1intro.htm
      Media: Electronic
      Text: George W. Samples, age 18, Cocke County, Tennessee, wounded, page 65
    15. Title: Obituary: George W. Samples
      Author: Newport Plain Talk [Cocke County, Tennessee]
      Publication: 5 July 1938, page 1
      Note: Copy in his notes; original includes photo. Article entitled "Death Comes to City's Legless World War Hero".
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
      Text: "George volunteered his services to his country along with scores of other Cocke county boys in May, 1917, joining Capt. Thurman Ailor’s company of volunteers which was formed here. For weeks the company drilled at the fairgrounds before being called to camp. After entering the regular army camp, the local compann [sic] became a part of Headquarters Company, 120th Infantry, and was sent to Europe."
    16. Title: Death Certificate: George Samples
      Publication: Cocke County, Tennessee, 1938, #14099
      Note: No informant listed; many fields missing.
      Repository:
      Media: Official Document
      Text: veteran of the World War - infantry
    17. Title: Obituary: George W. Samples
      Author: Newport Plain Talk [Cocke County, Tennessee]
      Publication: 5 July 1938, page 1
      Note: Copy in his notes; original includes photo. Article entitled "Death Comes to City's Legless World War Hero".
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
      Text: "Military services were conducted at ten o’clock this morning in the Cocke County Memorial building with Revs. J.L Chaney, S.C. Amick and Will Weaver officiating. Burial was in the Union cemetery."
    18. Title: Death Certificate: George Samples
      Publication: Cocke County, Tennessee, 1938, #14099
      Note: No informant listed; many fields missing.
      Repository:
      Media: Official Document
      Text: buried 5 July 1938 in Union Cemetery, Newport, Tennessee
    19. Title: Obituary: George W. Samples
      Author: Newport Plain Talk [Cocke County, Tennessee]
      Publication: 5 July 1938, page 1
      Note: Copy in his notes; original includes photo. Article entitled "Death Comes to City's Legless World War Hero".
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
      Text: gives details; see his notes
    20. Title: United States Census - 1930
      Note: The enumeration date was 1 April 1930, except in Alaska, with an enumeration date of 1 October 1929
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee, CD 6, ED 15-13, SD 8, page 137b, dwelling 274, family 291
      Text: both married 3 years
    21. Title: Death Certificate: George Samples
      Publication: Cocke County, Tennessee, 1938, #14099
      Note: No informant listed; many fields missing.
      Repository:
      Media: Official Document
      Text: wife was "Edna Robeson"
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