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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

Henry E. Altenberg
Contributed by Roselyn (Mills) Wells

Obituary in the scrapbook of Clara Hanes McCague said, "Henry E. Altenberg was born in Sandusky Co., OH April 23, 1835 and died in Bryant, IN, Feb. 8, 1889 aged 56 (58?) years 8 months and 15 days. He came to DeKalb County, IN with his parents Nov 1838 where he spent the earlier part of his life. He was married to Miss Sarah C. - line (Bodine) January 27, 1864 whom he lived in delightful fellowship until his death annulled the marriage contract. To them were given four children, all of whom are living. When storm cloud of war in our in our national sky in 1861 he responded to the call for troops and enlisted in Company G Nineteenth regiment Indiana Volunteers. His regiment was assigned duties in the east and he participated in the Battle of Bull Run, Antieheim, and nearly of all those -----? conflicts in which the esteemed wing of the army was engaged and served until the conclusion of the war. Returning to Auburn he engaged in the carpenter business until he was appointed postal clerk on the B & O where he labored for ten years when he returned and emigrated to Kansas leaving Auburn Aug. 22, 1888. Two years ago he was attacked with cancer which in a short time became malignant and he went to Triahlad, Colorado and had it taken out with the knife but it soon broke out and he went to Cremade? Colorado for a second operation and this resulted about the same as the first when in June last he returned to Auburn and submitted to another operation and it soon broke out anew and his physicians and friends thought that he must die. But just then his attention was called to a cancer doctor in Bryant, IN, he concluded to place himself under treatment. The doctor succeeded in eating out the cancer and the wound was healing when his old army complaint set in accompanied by hemorrhage of the bowels and in a few days ended his life. Brother Altenburg united with the church February 26, 1877 during the Pastorate of J.W. Welch. But he was not satisfied with his Christian --ence and hence was continued ----tion until Sept. 18, 1888 and was baptized and received into full fellowship. Since that time his experience has been clear and satisfactory. He died a triumphant death in the full hope of a blessed hospitality. Peace to his ashes."

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