Hollenbeck, Willie; Anamosa, Iowa; died June 28, 1872

July 4, 1872 (Anamosa Eureka, 3rd page, 3rd column, midway down)

Drowned — Last Friday morning Willie Hollenbeck, aged six years, and youngest son of W. W. Hollenbeck, was drowned in Shellrock river in Butler Co, fourteen miles west of Waverly. Mr. Hollenbeck has a contract on the Iowa & Pacific, and left the little fellow with a cousin for the summer.  The next morning “weewee,” as he called himself, slipped off to make explorations about the river, and in less than an hour his hat was floating in the flume of the mill. — Divers went down and soon found the lifeless body lying against the wooden grate just above the mill.  Every effort was made to revive the little fellow but in vain.  A message was at once sent to his father on the railroad works, and he, with a sad heart, immediately returned to Anamosa with the corpse, arriving here on Saturday morning.  The funeral services took place Saturday afternoon.  This sudden affliction is deeply felt by all the relatives of the family, and the sympathy of the community is universal.

October 10, 1872 (Anamosa Eureka, 3rd page, 3rd column, near top)

There is a sweet poem about Willie Hollenbeck written by Gertrude Lee. Unfortunately, I only made note of it while I was reading the microfilm, so it is not posted here. However, you can read it here on the Jones County Genealogical Society Site. It is called “Our Willie.”

[I have added this story to what I believe is the correct family in familysearch.org here, attaching it to both Willie and his father William W. Hollenbeck. Willie’s ID# is KHRN-D1H. I wish I knew who Gertrude Lee was and how she knew him (neighbor, Sunday School teacher?). She does not seem to be a direct relative. Comment and let us know if anyone ever finds out how she knew little Willie.] 


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