Henry Wlecke, died very suddenly at his home at 219 South Union
street shortly after 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, aged 61 years.
Mr. Wlecke had been in unusually good health for some time past,
and , only a few minutes before the fatal stroke, remarked to Mr.
Jo Choisser that he was feeling exceptionally well, and had not
experienced any great discomfort from the hot weather, of which nearly
everyone is complaining. He was cutting the grass in front of his
residence, when he was overcome by the heat, and fell unconscious
to the ground, He was carried into the house and a messenger dispatched
for the family physician, but before help could arrive his spirit
had taken its flight. Mr. Wlecke's death is attributed to heart failure
brought on by excessive heat, and is the frist case of sunstroke that
has occurred this summer.
The subject of this sketch was born at Ousabruck, Hanover, Germany,
June 6, 1837. Ernst, his father, emigrated to the United States with
his family when Henry was a young man and settled on a farm near
Okawville, Oct. 18, 1864, where he resided till his death, eleven years
later. Henry held the office of constable at Hoyleton, for a number of
years, carrying on farming operations at the same time. He afterwards
removed to Okawville, where he engaged in merchandising, which business
he conducted for some time.
January 31, 1861, he was married to Miss Wilmina Rolfing, of St. Louis.
Of this union nine children were born, of whom five are living. In the
order of their ages they are: Mrs. Mary Nooner, of Bardwell, Ky.; Mrs.
Carrie Evans, Fred, Mrs. Knox Richards and Mrs. Lizzie Sawyer, of this
city. His wife died in August 1887, and three years later Mr. Wlecke
was married to Mrs. Mary Gable, of Indiana, who is still living.
He removed to Mt. Vernon about 1860 and has resided here ever since.
Uncle Henry, as he was familiarly called, was widely known in this
county and was esteemed by all as an honorable and upright man.
The body will be taken to Okawville on the accommodation train tomorrow
morning, where the funeral will be held in the Evangelical church, of
which he was a member.
August 3, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News
submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
Oct 27, 1997