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 John Herrick Huyck

John Herrick Huyck

Birth
Death 10 Feb 1942 (aged 95)
Burial Hawarden, Sioux County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 60913580 · View Source
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CIVIL WAR VETERAN,
G.A.R. POST 159]]]he was in co. G. 49th Wisconsin inft. & co. E. 134th Illinois inft. on federal pension card application dated 1890, in south Dakota.
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South DAkota's Last Boys in Blue. He died Feb 10,1942, it says Cook's Helper WS Vol & 134 Ill
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HAWARDEN
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
PATRIOTISM AND HEROES
Chapter 44
By: Mary Truesdell Johnson

Patriotism and Heroes are not words exclusive to Hawarden or to any community or city in our great United States
of America.; but Hawarden and Calliope can certainly be proud of their heroes who have fought for our liberty and
freedom since the Civil War. Hawarden paid tribute to one of these men on February 12, 1942 when John H. Huyck (the
last Civil War Veteran in Sioux County) was laid to rest at Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden, Iowa.
John H. Huyck was not a Hawarden native; he was born in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1846. He joined the Wisconsin
Volunteers as a cook’s helper at the age of 15 at the start of the Civil war. His tour of duty was cut short when someone
discovered his age and he was discharged. The young John Huyck immediately left for Illinois and joined the 134th Illinois
Infantry of the Union Army. Mr. Huyck stayed with this group through several minor scrimmages until the age of 19
when he was discharged. At this time he found himself in Lincoln, Neb. in the early 1870’s, at the time Calliope was
becoming settled. John Huyck visited the area as a member of the gang surveying for the Sioux City and Pembina
railroad. He often spoke of a very unhappy Irishman he met whose property was in the direct path of the railroad.
Could this man be the answer to why the route of the tracks veered away from Calliope and ended in Hawarden? We
may never know that answer, but Huyck remembered him protesting vigorously against the intrusion.
Mr. J.H. Huyck passed away at the age of 95. He was blessed throughout his life with a rugged, erect, active body
and an even more active mind. Those who remember Mr. Huyck will always associate him with his Model T Ford which
at the age of 88 he drove by himself to Watertown, Wisconsin to revisit his childhood home. In 1938 he was
accompanied by his son to the 75th Anniversary of Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa. This celebration was attended by
veterans of both the Union and Confederate Armies. It was the only meeting of these old soldiers that had opposed one
another on the battlefield three quarters of a century earlier. At the age of 93 John Huyck quit driving –after strong
protests – and when the state refused to renew his driver’s license.
John Huyck was an aviation enthusiast and for many years, on his birthday, he would fly commercially from Sioux
City, Iowa to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to commemorate the day.
John H.Huyck, Sioux County’s last Civil War Veteran was laid to rest on February 12, 1942. It seemed a fitting day to
say goodbye to this man whose life had spanned almost a century and fought in the Civil War with President Abraham
Lincoln as Commander in Chief. He also lived to see the United States fight in three more wars. To respect Mr. Huyck’s
duty to his country, the business establishments in Hawarden were closed during the time of the funeral. The flags that
were flown in honor of President Lincoln’s birthday were lowered to half mast during the funeral. John H. Huyck’s grave
is located just west of the large memorial at Grace Hill Cemetery.
John Herrick Huyck was a step-grandfather to Clayton B. Thompson, well-known lawyer and Mayor of Hawarden.
He was a step great grandfather to Dann Thompson and Ronald Thompson. Mr. Huyck lived in a house on the same
property as his son’s at 1208 Ninth Street in Hawarden.




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  • Created by: Conley Wolterman
  • Added: 31 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60913580
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Herrick Huyck (2 Jun 1846–10 Feb 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60913580, citing Grace Hill Cemetery, Hawarden, Sioux County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Conley Wolterman (contributor 46883894) .