Biography of Clement A. Huyck
Saunders County, NE Biographies





CLEMENT A. HUYCK.
The memory of Clement A. Huyck, whose life was devoted to doing good and to raising the moral standard of the communities in which he lived, remains as a blessed benediction to all who knew him. Through the greater part of his life he engaged in preaching the gospel and his influence was of no restricted order, for he was not denied the full harvest nor the aftermath of his labors. He lived for a long period in Ashland and his work wrought for great good in the community. He was born in Michigan, June 28, 1843, a son of William and Mary (Letts) Huyek, both of whom were natives of New York. In an early day the parents went to Michigan, and settling upon a farm the father continued the cultivation and development of his property there for several years. He afterward removed to Wisconsin, establishing his home near Janesville, where he devoted his remaining days to general agricultural pursuits. He died in 1900, having long survived his wife, who passed away in 1852.

Clement A. Huyck spent the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof, accompanying his parents to Wisconsin and remaining at home until he had attained his majority. For a time in early manhood he engaged in selling sewing machines but later took up the work of the ministry and for a few years engaged in preaching in Wisconsin. In 1875 he came to Ashland, where he made his home throughout his remaining days. Here he engaged in preaching for many years and also conducted a music store, thus becoming identified with the commercial interests of the city. He acted as city missionary in Ashland and his words of wisdom and truth proved an influencing factor for good in the lives of many

On the 5th of March, 1874, Mr. Huyck was united in marriage to Miss Martha Atwood, a daughter of John and Sarah (Woods) Atwood, both of whom were natives of Skowhegan, Maine. The father, a carpenter and farmer by occupation, removed to Wisconsin in an early day and carried on agricultural pursuits in that state until 1874, when he came to Nebraska and settled in Lancaster county, just across the line from Saunders county, where he followed farming until his demise in March, 1902 His widow survives at the age of ninety two years and makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Huyck. To our subject and his wife were born six children, as follows: Charles, who is a resident of Lincoln; Grace, the wife of Frank Walla, of Sioux City, Iowa; Harold, living in Lincoln; and Sarah, Florence and Maudie, all of whom died in infancy.

The family circle was again broken by the hand of death when on the 6th of January, 1914, the husband and father passed away, respected and honored by all who knew him. At the time of the Civil war he had attempted to enlist for service with the Union army but was rejected. Mr. Huy& was always loyal to the best interests of his country and of citizenship and served for a time as justice of the peace in Lancaster county, Nebraska. He ever held to high standards and his position upon the temperance question was indicated by his support of the prohibition party. He belonged to the Christian church and it was according to its teachings that he instructed his fellowmen in the ways of righteousness, his influence being a strong and potent force for good. He had many lovable qualities, prominent among which were his deep sympathy and his readiness to aid and encourage others.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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