|Birth: ||Aug. 3, 1834|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1916|
Aged 81y 5m 26d
Co F 3rd Md Vol Inf
Died, at 9 o'clock, Saturday evening, Jan. 29, 1916, at his residence, West Lawrence avenue, after an illness of one day, Henry W. Rokker, veteran of the civil war and former well known printer and bookbinder of this city, aged 81 years. Mr. Rokker's death came as a shock to his many friends in and out of this city. He was seemingly in the best of health until Friday. Until that time he had been out of the house every day, but Friday evening he took sick. At 9 o'clock last evening he breathed his last.
Mr. Rokker formerly conducted a large printing and book-binding establishment at 309-311 South Fifth street. June 7, 1910, he sold out to James W. Jefferson and retired from business. His establishment was one of the largest and best in central Illinois. Without special advantages at the outset of his career, Mr. Rokker placed his dependence upon the enduring and substantial qualities of self-reliance and unconquerable industry, and was, therefore, one of the prosperous citizens of Springfield.
Mr. Rokker was born August 3, 1834, in Arnhem, Gelderland, in the kingdom of the Netherlands. His parents were John Peter and Catherine Rokker. His father was a harness-maker and had a large establishment. In his native country Mr. Rokker obtained his education, receiving training in the languages and in business methods and when he had concluded his studies he served an apprenticeship in the book-binding and printing business, which he continued to follow in his native country until 1856, when he crossed the Atlantic to America.
He traveled through several states of the union and finally settled in St. Louis, where he worked at his trade for five years. He then came to Springfield in 1863, and accepted a position of superintendent of the binding plant of A. B. McKenzie, in whose service he remained until May, 1865. He then began business on his own account, but after one year, in 1866, he sold out to the Journal company and superintended their plant until March, 1867, when he resumed business for himself.
At the beginning of the Civil War, Mr. Rokker enlisted in July, 1961, as a member of Company F, third regiment, of the Missouri Home Guards, Colonel McNeal commanding and in the advance skirmishes at Fulton, Mo., he received four gunshot wounds, one through each arm, one through the shoulder and one through the right lung. He was a member of Stephenson Post No. 30, G. A. R., of this city. He was a member of the German Lutheran church, and contributed generously to its support.
Mr. Rokker was married twice, the second union being with Miss Rose Liebke, June 16, 1894, who survives him. He is also survived by a niece, Mrs. Lena Steenks, residing west of the city, and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all residing out of Springfield. IL State Register, Springfield, IL, 1-30-1916
John Peter Rokker (1801 - 1882)
Mathilda Rokker (1839 - 1907)*
Catharine Rokker Ambs (1863 - 1896)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 7, 258
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Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Oct 09, 2008
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