|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1867|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1932|
Herbert Edward Buck was the son of John and Susanna (Hutchings) Buck. He was married to Helen Campbell Buck, daughter of James and Helen Campbell. He was the father of Harold Campbell Buck. He was the owner and operator of the HE Buck Brick Year in Lake Charles for many years. The following is an excerpt of an article that appeared in the Lake Charles American Press:
The brickyard, H.E. Buck Brick Manufacturing Co., was established in 1894 and once encompassed the lot now occupied by Kroger and the lot immediately to the west, the original site of the grocery store.
The brickworks was founded by John Buck, who owned a brick business in his hometown of Morris, Ill. He was joined in the venture by his sons William, Richard and Herbert.
After a few years, John and William returned to Illinois, leaving the business to Herbert, who, according to brickyard lore, stayed because he had lost a coin toss. Richard reportedly farmed rice for eight years and then moved back north to help William run their father's business in Morris.
The Buck brickyard used clay dug from the ground just north of the 12th Street tracks to make its bricks, which were used to build several local buildings.
A newspaper notice from 1906 lauds the use of Buck bricks — "Lake Charles brick made from Calcasieu clay" — in the construction of the St. Louis and Watkins railroad depot, which once stood where the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana stands today.
"Prior to the establishment of this firm, Lake Charles hardly knew what a brick building looked like," reads an American Press story from April 4, 1940. "Brick as a building material was not used here before then. Perhaps a few chimneys and fire places, but wood for the most part was used for building.
"With the establishment of a brick yard here, however, Lake Charles soon began to build in brick and now has many fine brick public buildings, stores and homes."
That success was doubtless due, in part, to H.E. Buck's multitude of commonsense-appeal ads that ran in the newspaper.
"In the matter of fire prevention which is being agitated at this time, there is a lot being said on the matter of Caution, but not much about building carefully. The idea seems to be to build with any material you want to and then be very careful not to set it on fire. ...," reads an ad from the May 5, 1927, edition of the newspaper.
(The following information was provided by Charles Baggett who build the original memorial page regarding the location of the gravesite:)
The tomb is built as a large four sided brick building about four ft. high & topped with cement that had his name pressed into it while still wet (of course). It is in a very large cem. A map of the cemetery is seen on the inside of two of the entrance gates with a number to call for the location of the section it's in.
(Thank you Charles!!)
Picture of new marker taken by Chris and Carolyn Buck..thank you!
John Thomas Buck (1827 - 1906)
Susanna Hutchings Buck (1843 - 1915)
Helen Campbell Buck (1871 - 1937)
Bernice Louise Buck Lee (1895 - 1974)*
Harold C. Buck (1901 - 1963)*
George H. Buck (1866 - 1928)*
Herbert Edward Buck (1867 - 1932)
William Franklin Buck (1869 - 1945)*
Orange Grove Cemetery
Plot: Section I Lot 75
Maintained by: Samme and Richard Buck
Originally Created by: Charles T. Baggett
Record added: Jan 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64691306