Wicks, Andrew 1836-1900
Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 9/27/2011 at 15:37:14
Dubuque, Iowa, Oct. 16 - Andrew Wicks, aged 72 years, was drowned in the Mississippi river at Buena Vista. With his son they went out fishing. They filled the boat so heavily with fish that in some manner it ws swamped, and the old man sank out of sight at once. He was a veteran of the civil war and highly respected.
~Cedar Rapids Weekly Gazette, October 17, 1900
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No doubt a great many in this vicinity remember the drowning of Andrew Wick near Buena Vista on Oct. 12. He was an old man, being 72 years of age and was fishing in company with his son, and while drawing the seine into the boat it was swamped and the occupants thrown into the river. The son managed to reach shore in safety but the old man went down and his body was not found until last Friday.
Vene Ary, a son-in-law of Wick, while rowing on the river Friday, noticed the body of a man in the bushes and upon investigation proved to be the remains of his father-in-law.
The body had been in water for eight months and despite this fact was in a very good state of preservation externally, although internally it was quite badly decomposed. The features were almost natural and easy recognizable, and with the exception of the hair missing on the head, were just as as the dead man looked prior to the tragedy.
The remains were taken to Buena Vista where they were prepared for burial. - Cassville Record
~Guttenberg Press, Thursday, June 13, 1901
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-His gravestone indicates that he was born January 26, 1836 in Heppenheim, Germany
and died October 13, 1900
-Clayton co. Death record gives DOD as October 12, 1900, which is the correct date
-Military records on the Clayton co. IAGenWeb website indicate he served in Co G, 21st IA Inf
Clayton Obituaries maintained by Sharyl Ferrall.
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