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Henry Block
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1841
Death: Jun. 8, 1907

Henry's stone gives his date of birth as 1843. He has a bio in the History of Alexander, Pulaski and Union Co, IL, which gives his date of birth as 25 Dec 1841. The census records are consistent with 1841 including the 1900 census where it states Dec 1841.
History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois
Edited by William Henry Perrin
O.L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, 183 Lake Street, 1883

HENRY BLOCK, manufacturer and dealer in boots and shoes, Cairo, Ill., was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 25th day of December, 1841. His father, Fred Block, was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1812, and the mother, Sophia Kramer, was born in the same kingdom in 1817. They were married in their native country, where they resided until after the birth of their first child, when, in the spring of 1838, they came to the United States and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. Later, the family removed to Ripley County, Ind, where in 1852, the father died. He had a family of twelve children, Henry being the third. Mrs. Block was subsequently married to Peter Grossmann, to whom have been born four children. She still survives and resides in Ripley County, Ind. Henry received an ordinary German education in Indiana, and went to the trade of shoe-making in 1857, which he completed in two years, working at his shoe-bench until after the breaking-out of the war, when he was employed at Cincinnati, by the Government, in the manufacture of military saddles. In 1867, he went to St. Louis, Mo., where he worked at his trade until 1870, coming that year to Cairo, Ill. Here he worked in the shop of Fred Winterberg for about two and a half years, and for the next year and a half was again in St. Louis. In April 1874, he opened a small shop in Cairo, situated on Eighth Street, between Washington and Commercial avenues. By close application to work, he was able, in 1878, to invest in a small stock of ready made boots and shoes, to which he added as he was able. By honorable dealing, he has succeeded fairly, and now, at 131 Commercial Avenue, he has a complete stock of goods, in connection with which he does an extensive custom business, employing three skilled workmen. To say that Mr. Block has risen from the shoe bench to the proprietorship of a first class shoe store would only do him an injustice, as he has not abandoned his bench, but continues to superintend the manufacturing department and work at the bench when not otherwise engaged.
He was first married in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 24th of October, 1865, to Miss Louisa Kortgartner. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 10, 1845, and died December 5, 1866, leaving one daughter, Louisa Block, born November 17th, 1866. He was married to his present wife, Dena Stekhahn, August 6th, 1874. She was born in Hanover, Germany, April 22nd, 1851. Her parents, George and Eleanor Stekhahn, both natives of the kingdom of Hanover, Germany, came to the United States in 1867, and settled in Cairo, Ill, where the father died in October 1st, 1877. He was by trade a wagon maker, and like each of the other surviving members of the family, was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church. Was born in July 1812. The mother was born September 20th, 1807, and now lives with her daughter, Mrs. Block. Mr. Block's family comprises Alvina, born April 29th, 1875; Hermina, born October 28th, 1876; Anna, born June 4th, 1879; and Ludwig Block, born August 19th, 1881. Mr. Block is a member of the American Legion of Honor, and is in politics a Democrat. Family residence is on Eighth Street, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street.

Cairo Evening Citizen -

Sunday, June 9, 1907
Death of Highly Esteemed Citizen
Henry Block succumbed to Pneumonia at his house in this city yesterday afternoon.
The death of Mr. Henry Block, which occurred yesterday afternoon at 3:50 o'clock at his home on Eighth Street, takes from Cairo one of its best and most highly esteemed German citizens. The decedent was 65 years of age.
Mr. Block was stricken with paralysis about four months ago from which he had partially recovered. A few days ago he was taken ill with pneumonia in which in his weakened state he was unable to combat.
The decedent for may years conducted a shoe store on Commercial Avenue but for several years past had been in the shoe repairing business on Washington Ave.
He is survived by five children. Mrs. Carl Mansperger of Gig Harbor, Wash., Mrs. J. J. Lampert of Cincinnati, Misses Louisa and Alma Block and Louis Block of Cairo.
Due notice of funeral will be given.

Family links: 
  John Frederick Block (1808 - 1853)
  Sophia Dorothea Louise Wilhelmine Krömmer Grossman (1816 - 1889)
  Conradina Stekhahn Block (1851 - 1898)
  Louise K Block (1866 - 1952)*
  Hermine Wilhelmina Block Mansperger (1876 - 1951)*
  Anna K Block Feuchter (1879 - 1906)*
  Alvina Eleanore Block Lampert (1879 - 1944)*
  Louis Henry Block (1881 - 1961)*
  Alma Edith Sopie Block Wegener (1883 - 1965)*
  Frederick Block (1837 - 1920)*
  Mary Anna Block Heimberger (1840 - 1883)*
  Henry Block (1841 - 1907)
  William Block (1843 - 1923)*
  Richard Frederick Block (1843 - 1914)*
  Elizabeth Block Maag (1844 - 1920)*
  Ludwig Block (1848 - 1885)*
  Christina Louisa Grossman Riggs (1856 - 1924)**
*Calculated relationship
Cairo City Cemetery
Pulaski County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Jo Ramseyer
Record added: Aug 14, 2007
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Henry Block
Added by: Jo Ramseyer
Henry Block
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