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HENRY SACK

Henry Sack was born in Hessen Darmstandt, Germany May 26, 1845. His parents were Conrad and Elizabeth Sack. With them he came to the United States at eleven years of age. The family settled in Lima Township, Carroll County, Illinois. He lived at home until he enlisted as a private in the Civil War in Company I of the 75th Iffinois Infantry where he served faithfully and honorably until the end of the war when he returned home.

He was a charter member and commander of the Hostetter Post of the G.A.R. since its organization.

His brothers and sisters were: Conrad Sack, Mt. Carroll, Illinois; George Sack, Savanna, Illinois; Mrs. Conrad (Christina) Paul, Waterloo, Iowa; Mrs. William (Mary) Felsing, Waterloo, Iowa; Mrs. Henry (Addie) Imel, Chadwick, Illinois.

On December 27, 1866 he was united in holy matrimony with Miss Lovisa Lewis, a daughter of Ira and Abigail (Hagar) Lewis Chadwick, Iffinois.

Her brothers and sisters were: Miss Amelia Lewis, Mrs. Joe (Della) Miller, Mrs. Maylon (Mary) Merkel, Mrs. Bert (Mina) Isenhart, Daniel Lewis, Ezra Lewis, Mrs. John (Hattie) Neis.

Henry and Lovisa Sack made their first home in Fairhaven Township and soon after moved to Salem Township where they farmed for a number of years and seven of their fifteen children were born, They then moved back to Fairhaven Township where they had purchased a farm and eight more children were born.

As a farmer Mr. Sack was progressive and successful. He was a kind and generous man and enjoyed a wide acquaintance of friends. He was a man of prominence in the community and held various positions of trust, within the gift of the people, including collector and commissioner of highways.

On November 18, 1903, Henry Sack's life came to a tragic end. While driving across the railroad tracks at the south end of Chadwick's Main Street, his team and milk hack were hit by a Burlington fast freight which killed the horses and threw Mr. Sack a distance of ninety feet. He received injuries which caused his death that same evening.

The occurence as related by an eyewitness is as follows: follows:

Mr. Sack was driving north from the creamery and Mrs. Henry Hinkle had nearly reached the track going south when, at about the same instant, they became aware of the train coming up with terrific speed and without a sound of warning. The woman barely had time to turn the heads of her horses and was within fifteen feet of the track, and Mr. Sack, upon discovery of the train was plying his whip to cross the track, when the train struck.

It all happened so quickly one could scarcely comprehend what happened. One person said the thing that especially attracted his attention was one of the horses, which was picked up bodily and shot like a catapult through the air. It struck a guy-wire on the electric light post which gave the animal a whirl, and it, then, rolled, tumbled and landed a distance of nearly a hundred feet from the place it was struck.

Mr. Sack was found lying near the tracks and about an equal distance from the crossing, lying motionless and with his head and face covered with the debris and wreckage of the milk hack, with milk cans scattered about him. The scribe was on the scene shortly after and there seemed to be no life in the unfortunate man. His pulse, if any, was too weak to be detected, at least on an unprofessional examination.

Dr. Snow was summoned and the apparently lifeless form of Mr. Sack was carried to the nearby Senneff Lumber Office. He soon began to show signs of life and, at last, breathed. After the wounds were dressed, Mr. Sack was carried to the home of his father-in-law, Ira Lewis, where he died at 7:10 P. M. The accident happened about nine o'clock in the morning. It seems an unusual coincidence that his daughter, Kathryn, was employed in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Snow at this time.

Last rites were held on Saturday, November 21, at 1:30 from the Hope Church, of which he was a devoted member. Services were in charge of Rev. J. H. Gamber with burial in the Chadwick Cemetery.

Mr. Sack left to mourn his departure his widow and thirteen children: Ira Sack, Waterloo, Iowa; Mrs. Phil (Emma) Miller, Dixon, Illinois; William Sack, Waterloo, Iowa; Frank Sack, Lanark, Illinois; Mrs. William (Elizabeth) Hohnadel; Charles Sack; Mrs. Charles (Amelia) Spealman and Kathryn, Edgar, Mary, Ella, Grace, and Eva at home. His aged mother was still living, as were his three sisters and two brothers.

Two sons, Johnnie and an infant son, and his father preceded him in death.

Coroner J. B. Schreiter of Savanna held an inquest. The following persons composed the coroner's jury: Roscoe Dial, F. W. Zugschwerdt, Charles Harrie, E. M. Humbert, Dale Chamberlain, and H. L. Spealman.

Witnesses, Dr. Snow, Charles Woy, and F. A. Melvin, testified in the matter and the verdict of the jury was as follows: "He came to his death through injuries received by being struck by a short train drawn by two locomotives on the C. B. and Q. Railroad about 9 A. M., November 18, 1903, at railroad crossing near the intersection of Main and First Streets, Village of Chadwick, Carroll County, State of Illinois. The said train, running at a high rate of speed, gave no warning signal by bell or whistle. We, therefore, hold the C. B. and Q. Company liable."

He was a prominent member of the Maccabees that carried a policy of $2,000 in favor of his widow.

Having received no settlement from the C. B. & Q. Railroad, Mrs. Sack filed suit against them on October 28, 1905. On December 12, 1905 the Petit Jury came up with a verdict of $4,500 in favor of Mrs. Sack. The C. B. & Q. appealed the verdict and carried it to the Appellate court where an error was found. On October 30, 1906 the Appellate Court reviewed the files and a new trial was ordered. On December 6, 1906, the jury verdict on the second trial gave Mrs. Sack a sum of $5,000, thus Closing the case in question.

Following are the first three generations of descendants of Henry and Lovisa Sack:

Ira, born in 1868 married Nettie Lang, had 3 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren;

Emma, born 1870, married Philip Miller had 4 grandchildren and 5 greatchildren;

William, born in 1871, married Anne Hohnadel had 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchildren

Frank, born in 1874, married Mae Eicke and had 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren;

Elizabeth born in 1876, married William H. Hohnadel and had 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren;

Charles born 1878, married May L. Bast and had 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren;

Amelia, born in 1880, married Charles Spealman and had 3 grandchildren and 2 great granchildren;

Kathryn, born in 1882, married William H. Rahn and had 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren;

Edgar, born in 1886, married Nettie Curley and had 4 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren;

Mary, born in 1887, married Charles Curley arid had 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren;

Ella, born in 1890, married Oscar Geldmacher;

Grace, born 1891, married Alvin Prowant and had 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren;

Eva, born 1893, married Harve Schreiner and had 3 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Making a total of 40 grandchildren and 65 great grandchildren.

Now, in March 1975, two daughters servive; they are Mrs. Alvin (Grace) Prowant who makes her home in the Good Samaritan Center, Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Mrs. Oscar (Ella) Geldmacher who resides with a neice, Mrs. Frank (Hazel Schreiner) Hawkins, Chadwidk, Illinois.

Source: A Goodly Heritage Supplement #1 Spring 1975

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