Huntzicker, Henry (1833 - 1903)






----Source: Greenwood Gleaner 7/ /1903



Mr. Henry HUNTZICKER was born in Alsace, France, now a part of Prussia, Nov. 8, 1833. He was the son of Frederick Huntzicker, a native of the same province. In 1853, he emigrated to the United States of America and settled in Connecticut, where he was employed in the woolen mills of Walcotteville and Plymouth. In 1856 he came to Clark County, Wisconsin, where he toiled for several years in the pineries. In 1862 he settled upon a fine piece of land two miles south of Greenwood, consisting of 280 acres. Here he lived and toiled and prospered for more than forty years, until he had a farm that was noted for its beauty and fertility, and a home that was noted for its comfort and hospitality. During all these years he was noted for his unimpeachable integrity, his untiring industry and his persistent faithfulness to all the duties that devolved upon him in both church and state. He was supervisor, town treasurer and school officer to the satisfaction of all concerned. Originally connected with some branch of the Lutheran or else some branch of the Reformed Church, he afterward came in close touch with the missionary movements of the Presbyterian church in Clark County, whose center of operation was Neillsville, the county seat. So that when it came time to purchase a lot in 1883 and to build a church in 1891 he was ready both by word and deed to help along the good cause. From this time on he was both an elder and a trustee, the clerk of the session and president of the board of trustees. Of late years he worshipped chiefly in the S. S. chapel on Twenty-six road, five miles south of Greenwood. But on special occasions he was ready in official duty in the church in the village.

December 18, 1864, he was married to Mary E. WATENPHULL, daughter of Phillip WATENPHULL. She was also a native of Prussia. The children who survive are John Henry, Jacob William, Albion C., Clara M., Robert C. The second son, Elmer F., died in 1871 at the age of three years. John, with his family of five children, now resides in Neillsville, where he fills the office of county treasurer. Albion, who was recently married to Miss Belle NOBLE in Loyal, is a telegraph operator in Wakefield, Nebraska. The other children remained with the parents on the farm to make light the burden of life of both father and mother in their declining years, and all were permitted to be present at the last solemn rites. One brother, George, who formerly lived side by side with Henry, still survives and resides in Marshfield. He and his wife arrived on Monday, soon after the death signal had come to Henry on Monday morning and about twelve hours before his death on Tuesday morning, July 28, 1903.

Mrs. HUNTZICKER's brother, Wm. WATENPHULL of Pleasant Ridge and sisters, Mrs. Katherine LAMBERT, and son August, and Mrs. Samuel ROLLINS of Fairchild, also Mrs. Henry WATENPHULL of Augusta, were present for a few days to soften the severity of the sudden bereavement and to add to the great concourse of friends and neighbors who bade farewell to Henry HUNTZICKER as they marched in tearful procession through the Presbyterian church on Thursday afternoon to view his mortal remains. The floral offering were beautiful and appropriate, the musical selections were well chosen and well executed, and the very brief discourse of Rev. W. T. HENDREN, his old pastor, was completely full of tender sympathy for the sorrowing family, and of most faithful counsel for all present concerning the best interests of fallen humanity for both time and eternity.-W. T. H.



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