Heckmeister, Henry 1821-1888
Posted By: Ken Johnson (email)
Date: 1/18/2016 at 12:21:49
[from the Thurs., 15 Mar. 1888 issue of the “Elkader Weekly Register,” page 5, column 4]
DEATH OF AN OLD VETERAN.
Henry Heckmeister, an old resident of Elkader, died on Saturday morning last after a long sickness.
Deceased was a native of Hanover, Germany, where he was born September 22nd, 1821, and was therefore 66 years, six months of age. He came to this county with his parents while a young boy, and located in Wisconsin. Here he was married to his wife, who with eight children, survive him.
During the late war he was a good soldier, fighting to uphold the union. He enlisted in Company K., 2nd Wisconsin, July 20th, 1862 and was discharged January 28th, 1863. He re-enlisted in Company F., 36th Wisconsin in February 1864, and later in that year while fighting in the battle of the Wilderness was captured and taken to Andersonville prison. He remained there two months and was then taken to Milan, Georgia, where he was held five months longer. After being exchanged he was discharged from service.
After the war he removed to Elkader with his family and has resided here continuously since.
The funeral took place on Sunday under the auspices of the G. A. R., of which he was a member, and his remains laid to their long rest in the east side cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS.
The undersigned desire to return their heartfelt thanks to the members of Boardman Post, G. A. R., and to all kind friends and neighbors who aided them during the long sickness of husband and father.
MRS. HENRY HECKMEISTER
[TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: Some of his children spelled the surname as “Heckmaster.”]
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