AUGUST HEUCK, who is engaged in blacksmithing in Oak Glen, was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 10th of January, 1839. His father, George Heuck, was born in Kiel, Holstein, Germany, in 1811, and served as an apprentice to the blacksmith and locksmith's trades in a machine shop. He also learned the business of manufacturing surgical instruments, and was in the truest sense of the term a master mechanic. The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Marguerite Oldenbuttel, and was born in Hanover, in 1814. They were married January 9, 1839, and by their union became the parents of seven children, three sons and four daughters, of whom August, the eldest, and Frederick, the youngest, yet survive. In 1857, George Heuck, accompanied by his family, boarded the sailing-vessel "Atalanta," bound for America. They were delayed by severe storms while passing through the English Channel, and collided with a vessel. They also ran on a rock in the channel, and the captain, mate and five sailors from a wreck were picked up. After a voyage of seven weeks, the "Atalanta" dropped anchor in the harbor of New York and they landed at Castle Garden. From New York they made their way to Albany, and thence by rail to Chicago. For two or three years the father rented land in Northfield Township, and then purchased an acre of ground, on which he built a dwelling and blacksmith shop. For some years he there carried on business in his own interest. He died January 5, 1881.
August Heuck, whose name heads this record, began learning the blacksmith's trade with his father when a youth of nine summers. He also attended school during a portion of the time, and at the age of eighteen had acquired a good practical education. With the family he came to America, and has since made his home in Cook County.
On the 25th of June, 1868, was celebrated the marriage of August Heuck and Miss Wilhelmina, daughter of Lorenzo Heick. She was born April 17, 1848, in Kiel, Holstein, Germany, and emigrated to America in 1867. Their surviving children are: August, born March 20, 1872; Henry, September 14, 1873; and Johanna, November 25, 1877.
Mr. Heuck and his family are all members of the Lutheran Church. He is a Republican in politics, and has always been a zealous and active adherent of that party since casting his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. He still works at his trade and is also interested in farming. He owns the acre of land which his father first purchased, and has by industry and energy added to this until he is now the possessor of ninety-three acres of well-improved land, and some Evanston property, besides his pleasant home in Oak Glen, built in 1877, which is surrounded by fruit and ornamental shrubbery planted by himself.
Gerhardt Oldenbuttel, a brother of Mrs. Marguerite Heuck, still resides with the subject of this sketch, at the age of seventy-five years. He came to America in 1840, landing at Charleston, South Carolina, and has since traveled extensively in the United States.
Submitted by Sherri Hessick on March 2, 2008.
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