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Blairstown Press; November 4, 1938
B. F. Heck Dies In McAllen, Tex.
Benjamin Franklin Heck

Funeral Services Will Be Held In Blairstown Saturday.

Word was received by relatives Wednesday informing them of the death of B. F. Heck, 65, at McAllen, Texas. Mr. Heck was a former Blairstown resident and a prominent farmer in this vicinity until failing health caused his retirement several years ago. Since that time Mr. and, Mrs. Heck have spent, the winter months in either Florida or Texas.

Funeral services are to be held in Blairstown Saturday at the Presbyterian church and the Masonic rites will be used.

B. F. Heck was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ruebon Heck of Blairstown. He was born and educated in this community. With the exception of two years spent in Iowa City while his daughter was taking nurses training at the University hospital, he has spent their lifetime here. He is survived by his widow, the former Mabel Clewitt, one daughter, Mrs. Leo Chess of Reed City, Mich., and one granddaughter. Two brothers, Pert and Milo Heck of Cedar Rapids also survive.

{Submitter comment: B. F. Heck is Benjamin Franklin Heck, son of Reuben Heck and Samantha Rupert.}
Submitted on Jul 3, 2006 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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Blairstown Press; December 10, 1920
Death of Earl Heck
Earl William Heck

Former Resident of Blairstown and Van Horne Buried According to Masonic Rites.

Word has been received here of the death of Earl Heck. While on his way to points in Ill., he was taken ill on the train and at Kansas City was taken off and rushed to a hospital but failed to respond to treatment and passed away in a short time. The body was taken to Twin Falls, Idaho, the home of his parents, for interment. The young man was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmerson Heck, former residents here and Van Horne and was a nephew of Alex Clewett and Frank and Milo Heck. One year ago he was discharged from the United States Navy after a service of nine years.

At the beginning of the war, his time having expired, he re-enlisted for the duration of the war. He had reached the age of thirty-three years and was unmarried. He was a Mason and buried according to the Masonic rites. Many here remember him as a young lad and extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved parents.
Submitted on Sep 9, 2005 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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The Blairstown Press; April 30, 1925
Blairstown Pioneer Dies
Ephriam D. Heck

Mr. E. D. Heck, Long Time Resident of Benton County, Succumbs to Paralytic Stroke Tuesday Morning.

On Tuesday morning about 5:00, April 21, occurred the death of Mr. E. D. Heck, after several weeks illness. From the time he was stricken it was thought that his death might occur at any time. His son Arthur hastened from his home in New York to be with him while he was yet alive. Mr. Heck was identified with the early life of Blairstown and had helped in developing the farming interests of the community.

Ephriam D. Heck, son of John and Catherine Heck, was born April 2nd, 1848 in Unity township, Columbiana county, Ohio, and came with parents to Blairstown, March 28th, 1886 [sic], settling on a farm two miles southwest of town in 1867. He was married to Sarah Lundburg, December 25th, 1873, and settled on a farm across the road from his father's home, where they lived seven years. Moving from there to Ida County, Iowa where they remained five years, then to Dillon, Montana, where they remained for six years, when they returned to Blairstown, locating on the father's farm, where they lived until 23 years since, when they moved to the present home in this city. To this union were born six children, three of whom preceded him in death. Those remaining are Alvin R. Heck and Mrs. Laura Christenson of Blairstown, and Arthur D. of New York City, also three granddaughters, together with numerous relatives and friends who sincerely miss his presence. Mrs. Heck passed away in March, 1910, leaving him lonely and depressed until he joined her in the great beyond. In the fall of 1924, the son, Alvin and his family came to the home that he might have better care during his remaining years.

About six weeks ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, during which all human aid was of no avail and he passed away Tuesday morning, April 21st, 1925, at the age of 77 years and 19 days. He was received into the Christian church by baptism in Unity township, Ohio.

He was an especially good neighbor, conscientious and honorable in his dealings and ready to help those in need. Funeral services were held in the home at 2:30 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Rev. W. Mitchell of the Presbyterian church officiated. The music was led by Mrs. W. Mitchell, Mrs. G. L. Edwards and daughter Katherine.

The pall bearers were all old friends and neighbors of the deceased, they were Hugh Horner, John Shinn, Sam Herl, Charles Krueger, Alex Loser and S. V. Everett. The remains were laid to rest beside his wife in the family lot in Pleasant Hill cemetery.

{Submitter comment: not related}

Submitted on 15-Aug-2020 by
John Shuck, henricojohn@gmail.com


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Death of John Heck
John Heck

John B. Heck was born in Beaverhead county, Montana, Nov. 7, 1884. He came with his parents to Iowa in the fall of 1889, settling in Blairstown where he continued to reside until called into the great beyond. About one week ago he was stricken with influenza which soon developed into a complicated condition from which there seemed to be no relief. He failed rapidly till Saturday evening when he passed quietly away at the age of 34 years, 2 months and 11 days.

He was united in marriage to Amanda Sanderson of this place, November 28, 1906, who together with his father, mother, two brothers, one sister, Alvin R. and Mrs. Laura Christisen, of Blairstown, and Arthur D., in the U.S. Navy, survive to mourn his death.

Submitted on 21-Jun-2010 by
Colette, colette@netins.net


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Blairstown Press; Feb. 6, 1931
Mrs. K. Heck Is Called By Death
Katherine Heck

Passed Away After a Short Illness at the Age of 78 Years

Mrs. Katherine passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. R. Heck, Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. She had been ill for about 12 days preceding her death

Mrs. Heck was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Krantz. She was born March 28, 1852, in Germany, and came to Iowa with her parents when three years of age. They came to Dubuque county, Iowa, and later to Iowa county by ox team and covered wagon. It was here that she grew to womanhood and on August 2, 1879 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Jacobs also of Iowa county. Four children were born to this union, all of whom are living. They are Mrs. Christine Heck, of Blairstown, John and Mrs. Margaret Jacobi of Marengo and Mrs. Mayme Merritt of Parmalee, S.D.

The husband and father died in 1887 and in 1896 she married S. M. Heck of Marengo, who preceded her in death in 1922. Mrs. Heck lived alone until two years ago when she went to make her home with her daughter in Blairstown. Her early life was passed on the farm and for 26 years she had resided in Marengo.

Besides her children she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Commes of Richardton, N.D., and two brothers, N. L. Krantz of Dubuque, and Peter S. Krantz of Bruce, Wis. She also leaves 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One granddaughter, Mrs. Wm. Schwartz, of Hereford, Texas, arrived Saturday in time to see her before she passed away. The two brothers, N. L. and Peter S. Krantz came Monday and were present at the funeral. Mrs. Heck's sister, Mrs. Mary Commes was unable to come on account of poor health.

Mrs. Heck will be greatly missed, not only by her children and relatives, but by her many friends. She possessed a cheerful and optimistic disposition which won her the love and respect of all who knew her.

Funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church at Marengo, Wednesday at 10 o'clock a.m., conducted by the Rev. Father W. E. Carroll. Burial was made in Calvary cemetery at Marengo.

Pall bearers were Charles Klein, Adolph Lipeius, Will Crew, John Oliva, Geo. Flanagan and John Pelzer, close friends of Mrs. Heck and her family.

{Submitter comment: not related}

Submitted on 31-Oct-2019 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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Blairstown Press; January 7, 1944
Native of Blairstown Dies In Cedar Rapids
Milo A. Heck

Relatives and friends have received word of the death of Milo A. Heck at his home in Cedar Rapids, Friday, Dec. 31. Although Mr. Heck had resided in Cedar Rapids for the past 15 years he was born in Blairstown Nov. 6, 1879. He was married to Flora E. Dickenson Oct. 7, 1900. He was a graduate of Cornell college at Mt. Vernon and a member of the Presbyterian church. For many years he operated a farm south of Blairstown.

He is survived by his widow, five sons, Miles of Belle Plaine, Parker of Omaha, Neb., Donald and Harold of Cedar Rapids, and Leo in army service somewhere in Australia. A daughter Mrs. Helen Carpenter of Cedar Rapids, 13 grandchildren and a brother, Reuben of Cedar Rapids.. Funeral services were held Monday at 4 p.m. in the Turner chapel in Cedar Rapids and burial was in Cedar Memorial cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

{Submitter comment: Not related}
Submitted on Dec 9, 2006 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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Blairstown Press; November 25, 1938
Last Rites For Russell M. Heck
Russell Mark Heck

Former Blairstown Man Is Suffocated By Fire, Smoke.

Word has been received by relatives of the death of Russell M. Heck who succumbed to suffocation from smoke and heat Sunday Nov. 13, at rilroy, Calif. Mr. Heck, acting as a volunteer fireman was helping fight the flames which destroyed the Gilroy Methodist church.

Mr. Heck was 36 years of age and was the father of two small children, Marjorie 8, and Kenneth 4. Born in Blairstown he was the son of the late Emerson Heck. Recently be has been engaged in the restaurant business with his father-in-law, Horace C. Hazelwoood.

Funeral services were held Wednesday Nov. 16, at Battersby's Gilroy Funeral Home. Rev. J. Melvin Nelson officiated at the chapel service. At the I. 0. 0. F. cemetery where interment was made, officers of the Gilroy Volunteer Fire department conducted services and members of the department acted as pallbearers.

{Submitter comment: Russell Heck is the son of Isaac Emerson Heck and Margaret Lockie.}
Submitted on Jul 3, 2006 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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