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Re: Dr. A. B. (Alexander B.) Hanna and descendants


Posted By: Tom Schmidt (email)
Date: 12/4/2013 at 01:30:14

In Response To: Re: Dr. A. B. (Alexander B.) Hanna and descendants (Tom Schmidt)

Since it has been a few years and I have left the story we discovered untold on this site, I would like to fill in a few blanks.

Virginia/Jenny (Stroud Hagensick) Hanna is buried in the East Side Cemetery in Elkader, unfortunately, in an unmarked grave. Her grave is just east of the first fork in the cemetery road going up the hill from the SW entrance. There was no exact record of her date of death or burial when I last checked a few years ago. There is some reason to believe she died between 1880 and 1893, with 1888-1893 being my best bet at this point. If anyone finds better dates or data I would appreciate knowing more. I would like to learn when & why she died.

Her father-in-law, Dr. Alexander B. Hanna, is also buried in an unmarked grave in the East Side Cemetery in Elkader. His grave is a fair distance from hers; they were buried under different circumstances. He passed away on 11 Nov 1903 and apparently left behind many good friends in Elkader at that time.

The daughter (Alma) and her paternal grandmother (Mary Jane Hanna) were located in eastern Nebraska. (Not Kansas; not the first time I have seen those states confused.) Both women married, lived and died in Nebraska. Alma is buried near Nebraska City, NE. She passed away at age 85 on 28 Nov 1963.

The story is that Mary took Alma to Nebraska, having told her that her father (Dixi or "Dick C." from "Richard C") "was going to fight Indians." This would have been vaguely 1888-1893. The story sounds like something to tell a young girl so she would cooperate with the sudden & long move away from her home, leaving her father & grandfather behind. No Indians were harmed or threatened -- her father moved to Dubuque and worked in a stable there.

Dixi (or Dick C / Richard C Hanna) was killed in the act of successfully reigning in a runaway horse on a Dubuque street in February 1914. The newspaper account of the accident appears in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald on Feb 12th with his death announced in the newspaper on the following day. He died of brain trauma in Mercy Hospital and is buried in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, overlooking the Mississippi River.

These people led interesting lives, which is a brief but pleasant way to remember them.

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