Biography of Hans Ek
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HANS EK is the second of eleven children born to Peter and Emma (Pierson) Ek, natives of Sweden, and of Swedish descent. Hans was born November 2, 1831, and was reared in Sweden, and there received his education. He landed in New York City June 19, 1850, and thence went to Chicago, where he remained three years. He subsequently came to Kokomo, Ind., and here labored in a saw mill as head sawyer for about two years, and in April, 1861, enlisted in Company E, Thirteenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered in June 19. He was in the service three years and three months, and participated in battles at Rich Mountain, Greenbrier, Alleghany, Winchester, Cold Harbor, Fort Wagner, Foster's Plantation and Petersburg. He received no wounds, was stout and well, and was never off from duty while in the service. He was discharged June 19, 1864, at Indianapolis. Mr. Ek was married, November 21, 1859, to Sarah Custer, daughter of Christopher and Elizabeth (Clark) Custer, natives of Indiana. This union has been blessed with seven children; Emma Henderson, Elizabeth, Rhoda, Lewis (deceased), Charles, Lienvel and Blanche (deceased). Mr. Ek owned and managed the saw mill at Cassville for fifteen years, and is now the owner of a steam threshing machine. He is at present located upon a farm near Cassville, and he and wife are prominent members of the Christian Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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