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William Elias Hendricks
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Birth: Jan. 23, 1848
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1906
Brookings County
South Dakota, USA

OBITUARY - Date and newspaper unknown; clipping found in family Bible of his brother John Hendricks

William E. Hendricks, one of the early settlers and most prominent citizens of Brookings, died at his home at Bushnell last Friday evening about six o'clock. His death was very sudden and came without the least warning. From all appearances he was in his usual fair health during the day, visiting one of his farms on business, and driving home in the afternoon, arriving at Bushnell shortly before six. He drove to his barn and put out the team and then walked to the house. His wife saw him coming, and went out to the market to get some meat for supper, and when Mr. Hendricks entered the house only his son was there, and he was reading. He looked up and spoke to his father when he came in, and resumed his reading. Mr. Hendricks walked across the room, staggered and fell. His son ran for his mother, and she and Mr. Gooch arrived at the house almost immediately, but Mr. Hendricks expired about the time of their arrival, gasping a couple of times after they came in. His death was caused by heart failure.

William E. Hendricks was born near Huntsville, Ala., January 23, 1848. In 1851 his family moved to Chippewa county, Wisconsin, where Mr. Hendricks' father was drowned by falling from a raft of logs in the Chippewa river near Chippewa Falls, Wis., on May 19, 1857. With his widowed mother and her family, Mr. Hendricks spent moat of his boyhood on the farm near the scene of his father's death. He was educated in the university at Galesville, Wis., completing the course in 1872. He then taught several years in the county schools, and in the fall of 1877 he came to Brookings county and located on a homestead in Sherman township, moving his family there the following spring, becoming one of the first settlers in that part of the county. Here he resided for about six years and then moved to Bushnell to buy grain for Finch & Hayward, afterward engaging in the business for himself, building a large elevator and dealing in lumber, coal, etc. At the time of his death he had considerable land and other interests, and was counted one of the successful men of the community.

Mr. Hendricks was married in 1876 to Miss Maggie Gardner of Knights Creek, Wis., and to them four children have been born, three of whom are dead. The surviving son whom Providence has spared as a comfort to the bereaved mother is William Clare [sic].

Mr. Hendricks was a consistent everyday Christian, a member of the Methodist church. He was a member of the Masonic order and the A.0.U.W. lodge. He was public spirited and a leader in public affairs, and a man in whom his neighbors reposed the greatest confidence. He served as community superintendent of schools of Brookings county for two years and has filled many offices of trust in his town.

The funeral was held at Bushnell Tuesday forenoon, and interment was at the cemetery at White, where his children who preceded him were laid to rest. 
Family links: 
  David S Hendricks (1821 - 1857)
  Malinda Howard Martin (1818 - 1892)
  Margaret Belle Gardner Hendricks (1858 - 1934)*
  Paul Egbert Hendricks (1877 - 1906)*
  Katie Blanche Hendricks (1884 - 1888)*
  Harry Hardy Hendricks (1891 - 1891)*
  Claire William Hendricks (1893 - 1916)*
  Mary Elizabeth Hendrix Rheingans (1843 - 1866)*
  Lucinda Catherine Hendricks Page (1845 - 1867)*
  William Elias Hendricks (1848 - 1906)
  John Howard Hendricks (1853 - 1922)*
  Henry Ezekiel Hendricks (1856 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Cemetery
Brookings County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Block C, Lot 4, Grave7
Created by: Maggie
Record added: Jul 17, 2008
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William Elias Hendricks
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