Heide, Henry 1829-1919
Posted By: Linda Ziemann (email)
Date: 3/26/2005 at 22:02:41
LeMars Sentinel newspaper
Dated April 8, 1919
WAS EARLY HOMESTEADER HERE
Came From Prussia When a Young Man and Fought for His Adopted Country,
Gave Liberally of Goods in World War
Henry Heide, a pioneer resident of Plymouth county died at the Soldiers
Home in Marshalltown, on Friday at the advanced age of ninety years.
His death was due to old age. Almost to the last he enjoyed good health
and the full possession of his faculties. Only a few weeks ago he wrote
a long letter to his old friend, W.S. Freeman, of this city, in which he
said he could not expect to live many more years.
Mr. Heide was a native of Prussia, where he was born on January 27,
1829. When a young man he came to America to escape the tyranny of a
despotic regime and adapting himself to the customs and manners of his
adopted country, became a loyal subject and never swerved in his
allegiance to the land of his adoption. In the Civil War he volunteered
for service and fought in many battles and was in Sherman's Army in the
strenuous march from Atlanta to the sea.
Mr. Heide was badly wounded in battle and was shipped to a hospital in
New York. In 1864 when convalescing there draft riots broke out and
Heide was among those called out to quell the disturbances and subdue
the mob rioters.
Mr. Heide after the war turned his hand to farming and in 1870 came to
Plymouth county and took up land and lived here for a number of years
after moving to South Dakota. For the past five years he lived at the
During the Great War he again evinced his patriotism and set an example
which many others might well emulate. Out of a pension of forty dollars
a month he contributed twenty dollars to the Red Cross society, turned
over ten to the home and ten dollars to a grandchild. He also purchased
a number of Liberty bonds.
The body was brought here for burial and the funeral held at Seney on
Sunday. A guard of honor composed of members of the Mower Post.
G.A.R. escorted the body to its final resting place and the coffin was
draped with the flag under which royally served from youth to honored
old age and for which he fought. Ritual services of the Grand Army of
the Republic concluded the ceremony at the grave site. He was buried
beside the remains of his wife, who died many years ago.
Mr. Heide is survived by a daughter living at Cherokee, and a
granddaughter, Mrs. Nellie Hanson, of Cour d'Alene, Idaho.
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