Pioneers Passing Away
A Necrological Coincidence

Saturday witnessed the death of three pioneer residents of this vicinage, who had lived as neighbors for years and years. About 10 o’clock in the morning of that day occurred the death of Mrs. Christine Heer, of East Galena, as announced Saturday evening. About 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Mrs. Richard Evans died at her home, one-half mile from the home of Mrs. Heer, and one hour later Anton Wise, another old resident, living about two miles distant from the home of Mrs. Evans, passed suddenly away. Mrs. Heer was the mother of David H. Heer, at whose home she died, and Mrs. Evans was the mother of David Heer’s wife, the trio of deaths thus forming a remarkable coincidence.

May 6, 1889, Galena Daily Gazette

Contributor: Jennifer Heer Norman