|Birth: ||May 1, 1843, Germany|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1919|
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
August 29, 1919. Well known Attorney passed away Friday Morning, After a Long Illness.
Capt. Louis Benecke, for 63 years a citizen of Brunswick, and doubtless as well known as any man who ever lived in Chariton county, died at his home in Brunswick last Friday morning. He was 76 years, 3 months, and 28 days old.
Capt. Benecke had been in failing heath for more than three years. Early in 1916 he was obliged to give up active office practice, his trouble having been diagnosed as arterio sclerosis. Although unable to go to his office, or to withstand physical exertion to any extent, he kept himself actively employed in taking care of his law practice at his home, kept up his correspondence, and entertained his friends retaining perfectly his mental faculties to the last. On July 4, last, as he was preparing to celebrate the national holiday, shooting fireworks with his little grandson, Waldo Benecke he suffered a stroke of apoplexy, and from that time grew steadily weaker. For two or three days before his death, he had seemed brighter and better; and while all realized the seriousness of his condition, no one thought the end was so near. He passed away suddenly, quietly and apparently without the least suffering.
Louis Benecke was born May 1, 1843, at Stiege, Schuetzenkonig, Germany. In 1856, at the age of thirteen he came to America with his parents, and settled at Brunswick, where all the remainder of his life was spent. he attended the public schools here, and during his young manhood was employed as a clerk in the various business houses of the town. In 1859 he took up the study of law, which he made his life work, and in which he was very successful. At the opening of the civil war he joined Union Forces, serving first with the 18th Missouri Volunteers and held the position of sergeant in that company. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Shiloh, in April, 1862, and paroled the following October. In March 1863, he received an honorable discharge, on account of disability, and in June, 1864 was commissioned Lieut., Co. E. 35th E. M. M.; placed on special duty in Co. B. Independent, which, in November 1864, was assigned as Co I, 49th Mo. Vols, and Capt. Benecke was placed in command of the district of Chariton county. In 1865 he went south with his regiment, and was mustered out the same year.
In 1866 Capt. Benecke was elected mayor of Brunswick, and was re-elected in 1867, 1869, 1877, 1879, 1883 and 1885. He also held other local official positions, including school director, city counsel or member of the city council, director of the First National Bank, Brunswick Brick & Tile Co, Elliott Grove Cemetery and other organizations.
Capt. Benecke was honored many times in Republican politics, serving as State Senator from 1870 to 1874, and attended every Republican state convention from 1866 to 1908 except two.
In 1866 Capt Benecke was admitted to the bar of Chariton county, and from that time was active in the courts of this county. In his law practice he was particularly thorough, doing all of his work in a systematic manner, so that he was able to locate any item in his office almost instantly. He kept a complete record of every transaction, and this systematic work contributed largely to his success in the practice of law.
On June 23, 1868, Capt. Benecke was married to Miss Josephine Amerlan, who preceded him to the grave about 11 years ago. To this union seven children were born, two of whom, Augusta and Waldo died in early childhood. The five surviving children are: Mrs. F. C. Sasse of Brunswick; Mrs. C. C. Zillman of Chicago; Louis A. Benecke of St. Louis, and Otto K. and Ruby W. Benecke of Brunswick. In his life Capt. Benecke was devoted and indulgent to his family and lost no opportunity to contribute to their happiness. He was a lover of flowers, and no season of the year found his premises without an abundance of beautiful plants and blossoms.
The funeral service, conducted at the home at one o'clock Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. C. Whitehouse, pastor of the Christian Church, was attended by a large number of neighbors and friends. The casket was draped with a large American flag, and the burial rites, at Elliott Grove cemetery, were conducted by his old camrades of the G.A.R., of which he was a prominent member for many years.
Heinrich Ludwig Theodore Benecke (1802 - 1864)
Johanne Auguste Bock Benecke (1817 - 1866)
Josephine L. Amerlan Benecke (1845 - 1908)*
Theodora Benecke Sasse (1869 - 1928)*
Lucia Theresa Josephine Benecke Zillman (1871 - 1959)*
Augusta Alma Louise Benecke (1872 - 1873)*
Louis A. Benecke (1874 - 1963)*
Otto Karl Benecke (1876 - 1957)*
Waldemar H. Benecke (1879 - 1884)*
Ruby Waldo Benecke (1884 - 1973)*
Robert Benecke (1835 - 1903)*
Fridericka Sophia Benecke Timpke (1839 - 1914)*
Louis Benecke (1843 - 1919)
Captain Co. 1 49 Mo. Inf.
Note: Sec. 5
Elliott Grove Cemetery
Plot: Div. 4, Blk. 32, Lot 2, Subl. 7
Created by: Sylvia Whaley
Record added: Jan 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33078452
Companion #10520 - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.|
Added: Mar. 13, 2011