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Samuel Fels, Prototype of Cobb Stories, Dead at 90

Samuel Fels, recognized here as the original of “Mr. Felsberg” in Irving S. Cobb’s Judge Priest stories and one of the pioneer wholesale merchants of Paducah, died’ here a few days ago following a brief illness of pneumonia.

He was about 90 years old and came to this country from Germany as a boy, beginning his business career as a peddler.