Henry William Boester

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Henry William Boester

  • Birth 19 Jun 1851 Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
  • Death 23 Mar 1920 Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 70565174

Obituary Fort Wayne News and Sentinel: Henry Boester, 69 years old, died on Wednesday at his home here, after a few days' illness. He came to this country from Germany in 1870, was a pioneer resident of Hicksville, and owned one of the best farms in the county. He was a shoemaker and since moving from the farm had done repair work here, after friends had persuaded him to take up the work as there was a scarcity of cobblers here, and he met an urgent need in this line of work. Funeral services were held Friday at the Lutheran church. Burial was in Forest Home cemetery.

Henry was born Heinrich Wilhelm Wilke in Hanover, Germany in 1851. Henry's mother married Gerhard Friedrich Oberböster prior to marrying his father in 1849. When G.F Oberböster died she had several young children and married again quickly. Why Henry chose to use the name Boester in America is unknown however he did name one of his son's John Wilke. According to his naturalization paperwork (filed 1872)he arrived August 3, 1870 in in New York. He can be found in 1874 living and working in Fort Wayne, Indiana He met and married Mary Strübing in 1879 and they settled in Defiance County, Ohio. Henry worked as a Shoemaker most of his life but later purchased a farm which sustained his wife until her death as rental property. Henry's mother came to America in 1881 and lived with his half-brother Gerhardt in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He visited often. Henry's father died in Germany before his mother's journey. Henry is buried alongside his wife, Mary and most of their children.



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  • Added: 29 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70565174
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry William Boester (19 Jun 1851–23 Mar 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70565174, citing Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by 🇺🇸 Suemillye 🇺🇸 (contributor 47048647) .