Biography of Henry Wiese
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HENRY WIESE.
Iowa county lost a valued and representative citizen when Henry Wiese passed away at his home, "Rock Nook," at Kenwood Park, on the 1st of December, 1912. He had completed the Psalmist's allotted span of three score years and ten, yet his death was unexpected and the news of his demise was a sad blow to his many friends and associates. He was born in Holstein, Germany, on the 22d of February, 1842, a son of Hans and Anna Wiese. His father came to America in 1853 on a sailing vessel, settling in Scott county, Iowa, where he lived until 1868, when he removed to Iowa county, taking up his abode in Sumner township. There he continued to reside for many years, passing away October 10, 1907, when he had reached the very venerable age of ninety five years, one month and twenty eight days. He had survived his wife, who died February 4, 1905, at the age of eighty seven years, two months and three days.

Henry Wiese was a little lad of ten years when he accompanied his parents on their emigration to the United States, a long, tedious voyage of eight weeks being terminated when they landed at New Orleans. From that point they proceeded up the Mississippi river to Davenport, Iowa, where the father worked at various kinds of labor for seven years. At the end of that time he removed to a farm in Hickory Grove, Scott county. In 1868 Henry Wiese came to Iowa county, making the trip with an ox team, and settling on a beautiful piece of prairie in Sumner township, which is now the old home place. He spent many hours in improving and beautifying his home with flowers, shrubs and trees until it attracts the attention of the most casual observer by its loveliness.

On the 24th of February, 1873, Mr. Wiese was united in marriage to Miss Sophia Rieck, who was born in Germany on the 30th of August, 1852, a daughter of John and Mary Rieck, who came to the United States with their family in 1857, settling in Washington township, Iowa county, where both her father and mother died. Since her husband's death Mrs. Wiese has made her home with her children, who are Mrs. J. D. Misbach, of Sumner township; Ella, now the wife of W. C. Langlas, of Sumner township; Gustave H., of Cedar Rapids; and Louis A., who resides on the old homestead farm. There were also seven grandchildren and to them the grandfather was deeply attached.

In 1884 Mr. Wiese was elected county auditor and discharged his duties promptly and faithfully, so that he made an excellent record and won reelection. He was a good business man, farsighted, sagacious and thoroughly reliable. He belonged to that class of men who place honor above everything else and his integrity, industry and frugality contributed to winning him the high and well merited reputation which he enjoyed. He represented citizenship in its best form. In September, 1909, he retired from active farm work and removed to Kenwood Park, here his beautiful home, "Rock Nook," proved his shelter during his remaining days. Hospitality there reigned supreme and his friends most willingly accepted his proffered invitations to visit him; His last days were spent in the midst of most attractive surroundings, his time being largely given to the cultivation of the flowers which he so greatly loved. There the final summons came and he passed on, leaving behind him the memory of an honorable, upright life, beautiful in its sincerity and simplicity and in the nobility of his purpose.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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