|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1847|
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1927|
Thanks to Leonard Steiner who lead me to the following from the newspaper, "The Pawnee Republican," Pawnee City, Nebraska, dated February 24, 1927.
Henry B. Brickert was born in Grashastheim, Asheffenburg, Bayern, Germany, August 19, 1874 (sic) (should be 1847). He died suddenly at this home in Steinauer, Nebr., February 16, 1927. He received his education in Europe and fought in the Franco-Prussian war. He emigrated to America in 1871. He landed in New York City and a short time after that went to New Haven Conn., in 1872. A few years later he was married to Miss Elsie Huffman. Eight children, Charlie, Marguerite, George, Mrs, Katherine Hartman, Emma, Mary, Fredrick and Mrs. Jerry Hoffman were born to this union. All of the children are dead except Mrs. Jerry Hoffman of Steinauer. Mrs. Katherine Hartman died eight years, leaving an infant son, at Seward, Nebr. Mr. and Mrs. Bickert came to Pawnee City in 1876, where Mr. Bickert farmed for three years. In 1879 he bought a meat market in Pawnee City and conducted this for four years.
They then moved to South Dakota and lived there years; thence to Clay county, Nebr. where they lived until 1904. They moved to Lincoln where they remained until April 1926, when they moved to Steinauer, to be near their only child, Mrs. J. W. Hoffman.
While in Clay county a terrible bereavement came to them when a four of the children died within a week, of diphtheria. This blow sadden his whole life. Then at the time of the world war the eldest son, Charlie, enlisted and was never heard from again. Many times had the father's been torn by grief and anguish as one after another of his precious children were taken away in death. Two sisters survive him in Germany; his wife and daughters and three grandsons, one of whom is living in Seward.
Mr. Bickert was the most remarkable man for his age living in this community, and his sudden death was a great shock to his family and friends. He would have been eighty years old in August.
For eight years he had suffered sever attacks of illness due to his high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. But between these times of sickness he worked so hard that many a younger man could have learned a lesson from him. The day before his death he sawed wood for several hours alone and brought a big supply into the house. Last week he planted cabbage and tomato seeds in boxes and put them by the window so he would have early plants to use and sell. All his life he was drawn by a tireless spirit of determination and ambition. No work was too hard for him in his youth. By his industry and frugality he accumulated considerable property - but he always kept the salvation of his soul uppermost in his mind. Through all his adversity, grief and trials, of which he had many, he was a most faithful Catholic and always trusted in God for the future. He was a brave soldier during the war and later in his daily work. He had a happy, genial nature and though he hadn't lived in our little town a year, he was well liked by those who knew him. After the tragic death of his four children, he could not bear to have the other children out of his sight. He told them to bring all their friends to their own home but he felt he must protect those few that were left him from all danger in the world.
On the evening before his death Mr. Huff visited with him until late and remarked on how jolly he was and how well he was feeling. In the night he complained of being cold so his good wife gave him a cup of coffee, which he drank. A little later he got up and went to the couch in the living room and laid down quietly. He had often done this before when restless at night. His wife went to the couch and asking him if there was anything he wanted. He shook his head in reply and she realized he didn't feel well. So she ran to here daughter's home, only a block away, and called her. When Mrs. Bickert reached home again he was lying on the floor dead. Rev. Dowd arrived immediately and anointed him. He was a good man, honest and true to his friends; a neighbor to those in need and always he strove to do his duty. His garden work was his pride, and it showed the results of tender care. A life well lived in truly a race well run.
Funeral services were held Friday morning in the parochial school chapel Rev. A. R. Dowd. The pall bearers were W. A. Steinauer, Pete Conradt, Sam Gottula, Will Klein, W. F. Huff and John Obrist. He was laid to rest in St. Anthony's cemetery.
Elizabeth Hoffmann Bickert (1850 - 1936)*
Mary Bickert (____ - 1891)*
Fredrick Bickert (____ - 1891)*
George Bickert (1878 - 1891)*
Anna Marie Bickert Hoffman (1880 - 1959)*
Catherine Bickert Hartman (1882 - 1919)*
Emma Bickert (1884 - 1891)*
Saint Anthonys Cemetery
Maintained by: Jennifer Hoffman
Originally Created by: LoNe Searcher
Record added: Jan 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33374448