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 Frederick Hugh Engelken

Frederick Hugh Engelken

Birth
Germany
Death 12 Feb 1963 (aged 81)
Palatka, Putnam County, Florida, USA
Burial Palatka, Putnam County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 101024642 · View Source
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Frederick Hugh Engelken (1881-1963), 82, who first came to Palatka in 1906, died yesterday afternoon at his home after a long illness.
Private funeral services will be held Thursday with burial at Oak Hill East Cemetery. The family requests that there by no flowers.
Mr. Engelken, a German immigrant, who dropped the title of “von” from his name, was one time a director of the U.S. Mint; the first president of the Federal Land Bank established at Columbia, S.C., and the first chairman of the advisory council of St. Johns River Junior College when it was stablished by the legislature in 1957. He retired from the council post two years later, due to a heart ailment.
Mr. Engelken was born April 26, 1881, in Gettorf, Germany, the son of Ludwig Herman and Amelia D. von Engelken. He came to the United States at the age of four and became a citizen in 1893 when his father was naturalized. Six years later, the young man went to Hong Kong as secretary to the general agent of a steamship line.
He came to St. Augustine in 1904 and began his farming operation in East Palatka two years later. The failure of his first potato crop was said to be responsible for his subsequent appointment to the U.S. mint.
Sen. Duncan Fletcher of Jacksonville was impressed by Engelken’s keen insight into the difficulties farmers have in obtaining loans and so when the Senate created a fact-finding commission to study European methods of rural credit, Mr. Engleken was appointed a member. His minority report of the commission was passed by Congress and became the basis of the Hollis-Buckley Act. In 1916 he was named a director of the Mint, a post he held for a year until becoming head of the Federal Land Bank.
Anti-German sentiment during World War I caused him to resign his position in 1918 and he went to New York City. Here he reorganized a chain of lunch stands and later formed his own group. In 1949, Mr. Engelken moved back to East Palatka and he and Miss Kate Walton, daughter of J. V. Walton, Palatka, were married,
Besides his wive, Mr. Engelken is survived by a niece, Mrs. William Kidd, Weston, Mass.
Johnson-David Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (Palatka Daily News Obituary dtd Wednesday, 13 Feb 1963.)


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  • Created by: Mack Wills
  • Added: 20 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101024642
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Hugh Engelken (26 Apr 1881–12 Feb 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101024642, citing Oak Hill East Cemetery, Palatka, Putnam County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Mack Wills (contributor 46912082) .