ELNATHAN WERT                         GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Humboldt Union, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1919

Died:  Sept.  26, 1919




Pioneer Citizen and Civil War Veteran

Passed Away at His Home

In This City Friday Morning.


  E. N. Wert, soldier of the Civil war and pioneer citizen of Humboldt, passed away at his late home here at 4 o’clock Friday morning, September 26.  His last illness came upon him only a few days before.  In the spring of 1910 he suffered a stroke of apoplexy since which time he had practically been an invalid.

  Mr. Wert was born January 20, 1839, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In early childhood he removed with his parents to Montgomery county, Indiana, where he received a common school education.  He also spent several terms in Wabash college in Crawfordsville, Ind.  His boyhood days were spent on a farm and he afterward learned the carpenter trade which he followed for a number of years.

  At the beginning of the Civil war Mr. Wert enlisted in the 10th Indiana, Company B, and after serving three months was discharged.  He then joined the 63rd Indiana, remaining in its service for twelve months and was placed on detail duty in the secret service for one year.  He recruited a number of men for Company B, 120th Indiana, and was with that company in the 23rd corps until the close of the war.  He was mustered out of the service in November, 1865.

  In September of ’67 he started for the West and reached Humboldt on October 23.  After farming and working as a carpenter for a short time Mr. Wert entered the law and real estate firm of Gilbert & Suit and was admitted to the bar in 1872, selling his interest in the firm five years later.  For twelve years he was engaged in the livery business here and then moved to a farm which he owned in Woodson county, near Toronto.  Ten years later he returned to Humboldt and has since made his home here.

  Mr. Wert was an esteemed member of the Odd Fellows lodge and of Vicksburg Post, G. A. R.  He is survived by his widow.  Funeral services were held at the home at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, September 28, religious services were conducted by the Church of Christ Scientist.  Members of Humboldt Lodge No. 30, I. O. O. F., acted as pall bearers and were in charge of the services at Mount Hope where the remains were laid at rest.