Henry (Heinrich) Goedjen, Sr

Henry (Heinrich) Goedjen, Sr

Death 1911 (aged 66–67)
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot 8-20
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Henry Goedjen, superintendent of the Manitowoc County Insane Asylum,
died Thursday night, Oct. 5, after a few weeks' illness. Mr. Goedjen
suffered from jaundice and internal complications. As a final effort to
save his life he was taken to Chicago for an operation, but it was all
in vain and a few days after the operation he passed away.
Mr. Goedjen was born at Oldenburg, Germany, June 26, 1844, and at the
age of twelve years, came to this country with his parents, the family
locating in the Town of Two Rivers. At the age of twenty-four he was
married to Catherine Wilke
and six children were born to the couple,
five of whom with the widow survive.
Early in life Mr. Goedjen established a reputation for uprightness,
honesty and integrity. No man in this county was held in higher esteem
as man, friend and official than Henry Goedjen and his death will be
mourned by all who knew him.
He became interested in public affairs when quite young and was early
honored by his fellow-men, serving in many positions of trust. He was
elected supervisor of the Town of Two rivers at the age of thirty and
from that time until his death, held public office. He was Chairman of
the Town of Two Rivers for twenty-one years and in 1881 was elected to
the Legislature from the 2nd District, serving two terms.
Mr. Goedjen was elected County Treasurer in 1894, serving one term. In
1896 he was appointed Superintendent of the County Asylum and served up
to the time of his death performing the duties of the position in a
creditable manner.
Henry Goedjen was a self-made man, and his success in life was due to
perseverance, diligent study and hard work. Though being denied the
advantages of early education, by devoting his time to study and
research, in later years, he became noted as one of the leading
superintendents of asylums, and his greatest success has been the
management of this institution.
He was a kind and generous man, with a heart filled with the love of
humanity, which manifested itself in his family, business, social
relations and especially to the unfortunates under his care.
The immediate relatives of the deceased are his wife; a sister, Mrs.
Joseph Stoehr; two daughters, Mrs. John Gesell of Two Rivers and Mrs.
Herman Paulus of Manitowoc; and three sons, Henry of Two Rivers, Edward
of Chicago and Albert of Milwaukee.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon. His remains were taken to Two
Rivers for burial. The funeral was conducted by the I.O.O.F. lodge of
Two Rivers. Dr. J.R. Currens delivered an impressive eulogy in English
and Hubert Falge in German. The funeral was one of the largest ever held
in Two Rivers.
Manitowoc Pilot Thursday, October 12, 1911 pg. 1

Hundreds of friends paid a last tribute of respect to Henry Goedjen Sunday at the funeral services held at the county asylum, the funeral being a large one.
Rev. Graether and Judge Falge gave brief addresses and the Concordia Singing Society rendered selections. Following the service the remains were taken to Two Rivers, a funeral train of three cars being provided on the Traction Company Lines. Two Rivers and Manitowoc Lodges of Odd Fellows acted as honorary escort to the remains which were interred at the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Two Rivers.

Manitowoc Daily Herald, Mon., Oct. 9, 1911 page 1
From Der Nord Westen, 22 Apr. 1880:
"Another severely tried family in our county is that of Mr. Henry Goedjens of Two Rivers.
On the 18th his daughter died at age 6-1/2, and on the same day the 8 year old son of his brother-in-law died, named Wm. Roediger, and on the 20th his brother John Goedjens age about 30.


Henry Goedjen
United States Census, 1900
Name: Henry Goedjen

Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1900
Event Place: Manitowoc city Ward 7, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 56
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Years Married: 32
Birth Date: Jun 1844
Birthplace: Germany
Marriage Year (Estimated): 1868
Immigration Year: 1856
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Henry Goedjen Head M 56 Germany
Katrina Goedjen Wife F 50 Germany
Edward W Goedjen Son M 17 Wisconsin
Albert J Goedjen Son M 15 Wisconsin

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