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From: Becky Applegate <>
Subject: Henry Eikenberry 1835-1919
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 05:51:58 -0700 (PDT)

Plattsmouth Journal, June 16, 1919, front page


Residing on Farm Where He Died Upwards of Half Century A Large Acquaintanceship
From Thursdays Daily

Death claimed the mortal remains of Henry EIKENBARY, upwards of 84 years of age, at his late home southwest of this city last evening, following a period of helplessness extending nearly two years into the past.

Henry Eikenbary was born near Middletown, Iowa, January 10, 1835, and with his parents, when a young man of 21 years of age, came to the then wild and woolly territory of Nebraska, the family settling near here and he, with them, acquiring the land which later became his home for a continuous period of more than half a century.

Mr. Eikenbary engaged in the freighting business carrying flour across the plains to Denver in 1860 and 1861. A.W. WHITE, then a few years younger and a lad of 14 years, was his companion on the long tiresome journeys.

In the fall of 1862 Mr. Eikenbary was united in marriage to Miss Urstria Elizabeth ARNOLD; who preceded her husband to the other world by a number of years. From this union were born three children, they being Miss Menota EIKENBARY, now Mrs. C.A. VALLERY, who lives in South St. Joseph, Mo.; Miss Allice EIKENBARY, now Mrs. Joseph JOHNSON, who lives on the home farm and cared for her father, and Miss Emma EIKENBARY, of Denver, Colorado.

During the more than sixty years which Mr. Eikenbary resided in this county, he made and retained the friendship of a large number of people. His family was composed of three brothers and six sisters. His brother William passed away several years ago, having lived near Union prior to his death; James C., met with accidental death at Lincoln when he sustained a fall some time since; and Mrs. Maria GAPEN died only a few months ago on the farm a few miles from that of her brother, and where she too had resided for more than half a century; Mrs. A.W. WHITE, who died about three years ago in this city; Mrs. MOYAR, who died at her home in Fairfield, Iowa, a number of years ago; Mrs. HINTEN of York, and Mrs. LATTA now residing in Lincoln, and Mrs. Joseph MOORE, the oldest sister, who formerly lived near Rock Bluffs.

The funeral of Mr. Eikenbary will be conducted at his late home southwest of the city, Rev. W.S. LEETE, rector of St. Lukes Episcopal church of this city having charge of the services. Interment will be made in the cemetery south of this city known as the Eikenbary cemetery.

Plattsmouth Journal, June 16, 1919, front page

Pioneer Nebraskan Buried Near the Old Home Where He Resided More Than 50 Years.

From Fridays Daily

The funeral of the late Henry EIKENBARY was held from his home southwest of the city this afternoon. As related in yesterdays Journal, Mr. Eikenbary resided on the place where he died for more than fifty years continuously.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wilbur S. LEETE, rector of St. Lukes Episcopal church, of this city, of which church Mr. Eikenbary was a member. Interment was made in the Eikenbary cemetery south of the city, and but a short distance removed from where this pioneer citizen had made his home so long.

In departing this life, Mr. Eikenbary leaves behind a place that will be difficult to fill, as he merited the honor and respect of a large number of persons, who were privileged to call him friend and friend he was indeed. During the past few years has [sic] face had not bore the familiar characteristics that distinguished it through the long years that had gone before and although the vicissitudes of age were telling on his physical characteristics, his kindly greeting, expressed from within, was never changed or lessened as the years bore down more heavily upon him. And thus to the last he remained hopeful.
The kindly greeting and cheery smile will be missed by many of his life long friends as well as by those who grew to know him in later years.

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