HENRY A. HICKS                           GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Columbus Advocate, Thursday, Feb. 4, 1904, Pg. 1

Vol. XXII, No. 40




Unexpected Demise of a Well Known


  Died, at his residence in this city, Monday Feb. 1, at 5 o’clock p. m., aged 70 years and 3 months to the day, after a brief illness of seven days, disease being Bright’s disease in acute form.  He leave a wife, one son and little granddaughter to mourn his demise.

  Deceased was a native of the state of New York, where he grew to manhood.  Two brothers and one sister, residents of that state, survive him.  In early manhood he moved west to Wisconsin.  When the war broke out in 1861 he was among the first young men to lay aside civil pursuits and take up arms in the defense of his country.  He served three years as an artilleryman, a member of the Ninth Wisconsin Battery.  For bravery and meritorious conduct he was promoted from the ranks to second lieutenant, which office he was filling when finally mustered out of service.

  At the close of the war he returned to New York state, where he married and again settled down in life in civil pursuits.  In the year 1876, he again contracted the western fever, and came to Kansas, locating with his family in this county on a farm, two miles southwest of Columbus, where they lived up to 1881 when they moved to Columbus, which has been their home to the present.

  H. A. Hicks, as he was generally known, was an honest, upright citizen, good neighbor, loving husband and indulging parent.  He belonged to no church, and subscribed to no creed, yet he made the Bible his guide through life.  He had strong faith in Christianity, and during the closing hours of his life expressed faith to his friends in being fully prepared to meet his God.  He had been a Mason from early manhood, and held a membership in the order of A. O. U. W.  For several years he had been a member of the bar in this county, but did not care to do much practice in the courts.  Much of the time for the past fifteen years he has held the office of justice of the peace, which position he was filling at the time of his death.  He was a man of good judgment in all matters which came before him; methodical in his business affairs and absolutely reliable and correct in his business habits of life.  He leaves his business matters all closed up and the companion of his life amply provided for during the remainder of her natural life.

  No arrangements have been made for the funeral, and will not be until the son Harry returns, which may not be before tomorrow evening, except it has been decided to hold funeral services at the residence, conducted by Rev. Chase.  The Masonic lodge of this city will have charge of the burial service.  The day and hour of the funeral will be published later.