|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1856|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 1930|
Son of Robert & Nancy (Lucas) Henry.
LIFE LONG RESIDENT PASSED AWAY FRIDAY
In the death of Howard Henry, 74 years old and life long resident of this community Princeville loses one of its most honored and highly respected and esteemed citizens. Mr. Henry had been in failing health for sometime, but his condition did not become serious until last Tuesday, August 19, when he took to his bed. He gradually grew weaker until the end, which occurred on Friday afternoon, August 22, at about 5 o'clock.
Mr. Henry was the son of one of Princeville's early physician's, Dr. R. F. Henry, who came to Illinois from Pennsylvania in the early 40's.
For the past 20 years, 13 of which he spent in absolute darkness, due to blindness, he made his home with his cousin, Edgar Slane and wife on South Walnut street, where he received wonderful care. No task seemed to hard or difficult for Mr. and Mrs. Slane which would make life more pleasant for their afflicted relative, and he, in turn, showed his appreciation for such tender care by his cheerful disposition and every ready laugh and smile. Although living in a land where he had not seen the light of day for years, Mr. Henry probably enjoyed life more than many of us who have the faculties of sight and hearing and he was intensely interested in the development and progress along all lines of endeavor. Partial deafness, during the past few years, also came to his lot, bit no word of complaint was ever heard to pass his lips. He took his afflictions with a smile and not for one moment did self pity enter into his mind.
Up until the past year or so, Mr. Henry took his daily walks, accompanied by Mr. or Mrs. Slane and sometimes, when just a short stroll was taken, he would find his way with only the aid of a cane. He became a master of the Braille reading system, by which he was able to read and he spent many hours pleasantly in this way.
Mr. Henry was a kind friend and neighbor, a scholar and a Christian gentleman and his loss will be keenly felt in this community, where he spent his entire life.
Funeral services for Mr. Henry were held at the home of Edgar Slane in Princeville on Monday afternoon, August 24, at 1:30 o'clock, with the Rev. John F. Bliss officiating. Interment was made in the Princeville cemetery.
At the close of the harvest time—at the approach of autumn, with its blending colors and its lengthening shadows—another ripened sheaf is garnered. A kindly spirit, an honored citizen, a Christian life passed on.
Howard Henry, son of Dr. R. F. and Nancy Lucas Henry, was born at Princeville, Illinois, March 10, 1856 and died at the home of his cousin, Edgar P. Slane, August 22, 1930, at 5 o'clock p. m., being in his 75th years.
His father was one of pioneer physicians of Princeville, having come to Illinois from Pennsylvania in the early 40's.
The deceased was educated in the schools of Princeville. Arriving to manhood, he became an active, industrious citizen, engaged in farming. He also operated a coal mine for several years on his farm, north of Princeville. Always up and doing, industry and sobriety marked his career and made him a success in a business way.
Early in life Mr. Henry united with the Presbyterian church in Princeville. While blindness and deafness in later years prevented him from taking part in church services, yet he ever remained true to that Christian faith long cherished through childhood and manhood years.
The kind friends who have so faithfully and lovingly cared for him through the years of affliction, testify that they have never heard an unkind or impatient word uttered by him. Howard loved fun. No enjoyed a laugh more than he. He was a lover of music, poetry and flowers and by means of the Braille system, which he had mastered; he memorized many beautiful poems and songs.
Mr. Henry is survived by six cousins: Edgar P. Slane, Mrs. Sarah Cornish, and Bruce Slane, all of Princeville; Odillion B. Slane of Peoria; Mrs. Carl Ralston of Joplin, Missouri; and Mrs. E. A. Perkins of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also survived by two nieces and one nephew. Mrs. H. H. Aten of Princeville and Mrs. Roscoe Emery and Herman Henry of Chicago.
It is comforting to know after a well-spent life he has gone to his reward and that—in the far off afterwhile, We'll Meet and greet the angel smile, Of dear ones when the night is gone, When comes the light of eternal dawn
Robert F Henry (1827 - 1903)
Nancy Lucas Calvin Henry (1828 - 1909)
Daughter Calvin (1847 - 1861)**
James B Calvin (1850 - 1862)**
Howard Henry (1856 - 1930)
Herman Lucas Henry (1859 - 1860)*
Mary Etta Henry (1862 - 1867)*
Alison Henry (1863 - 1864)*
Laura Grace Henry Cheesman (1865 - 1891)*
Fannie Henry (1869 - 1870)*
Willard Henry (1871 - 1906)*
Princeville Township Cemetery
Plot: Div A, Row 18
GPS (lat/lon): 40.9346, -89.76395
Maintained by: One Foot In The Grave
Originally Created by: John Melton
Record added: Oct 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22075971
Added: Oct. 24, 2011