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McElvy Hockenberry (1918)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart
Date: 12/24/2011 at 11:40:53

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, March 6, 1918
Page 3


McElvay Hockenberry was born in Holmes county, Ohio,Nov 13, 1830. He came to Iowa in 1854 and was married to Ann M. Drake May 28, 1857. To this union 12 children were born, six of whom preceded him in death. Those left are: J. H. of Winterset, Mrs. Ada Simons of Montana, Frank of Doniphan, Nebr., and Mrs. Thos. Oakland of Great Falls, Mont. There are 25 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Mr. Hockenberry was a millwright and carpenter and built many of the first mills. He made many of the caskets for those buried in the cemetery in which he was laid. He assisted in building the church in which his funeral service was held. He lived on a farm near Webster, for many years, moving to Winterset 12 years ago. Mrs. Hockenberry was called to her eternal home July 5, 1911.

Mr. Hockenberry was honest and upright in his dealings with his fellow men and his home was always a place where hospitality was extended to all. As long as he was able, he extended his hand in welcome to all friends and neighbors that called to see him. Besides his immediate family, he leaves many relatives and a large circle of friends who mourn their loss, but his loss is their eternal gain. He has passed to his reward, the death angel called, and he answered the summons at 6:30 Monday evening, Feb. 25th, at the ripe old age of 87 years, 3 months and 12 days. Sixty four of these years were spent in Madison County.

He was one of the early settlers and saw this country change from a vast prairie to a thickly settled, nicely improved farming country, and towns built to supply the growing needs of the increasing population. His was a life well spent and the world is better for his having lived in it. His memory will long be cherished by those who knew him best.

The funeral was preached from Rev. 7.17 in the M. E. church at Webster, in the presence of a large audience of relatives,friends and neighbors, by Rev. Allen D. Mann of Winterset, Iowa.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, February 27, 1918
Page 1, Column 1

Mack Hockenberry

Mack Hockenberry, one of the pioneer farmers died at his home in Winterset Monday night. he had been in feeble health for several years and was unable to withstand an attack of pneumonia. The funeral will occur this afternoon at Middle River church at Middle River.

He is survived by a large family of grown up children, most of whom live in the county.

Mr. Hockenberry was one of the very first settlers of Jackson township, locating there in 1855. He broke out several farms before settling on the one west Of McCallman school where he lived so long. After he retired he moved to Winterset.

He was man of sterling rugged qualities, and was highly esteemed by all his old friends and neighbors. Everybody in the west half of the county knew him and his hospitable home and admired him. Mr. Hockenberry had passed his eightieth birthday.

Transcriber's note: Transcribed as published, given name on gravestone is "McElvy".


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