Galena Daily Gazette, Monday, February 16, 1891
LAID IN TOMB
The remains of Henry Heller, whose death at Ashland, Wis. was chronicled Saturday, were brought to East Dubuque that night, by his uncle, R. H. Heller, of Dubuque. The funeral was held Sunday from the Methodist Episcopal Church in East Dubuque, and was one of the largest ever witnessed in that city, the church being far inadequate to the crowd that assembled for the obsequies. The services were impressively conducted by the Rev. Mr. Webb, pastor of the church, Rev. Mr. Ficke, of Dubuque, assisting in that portion of the service which was in the German language. The six pallbearers were chosen from the East Dubuque fire department, of which deceased was, while living there, a faithful member.
There were many present from Galena, among them the following relatives: Mrs. M. Heller, W. F. Biesman, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Koehler, Sr., Chas. Heller and daughter Anna, William Heller, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Koehler, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Robish, Louis Koehler, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Fetz, Miss Maggie Biesmann and Richard H. Biesmann. Others from Galena who attended were Thos. McPhillips, Mrs. George Herman and Mrs. Fred Leyh.
The uncle of deceased ascertained the true facts about the accident which caused his death. About two weeks ago, while at work a heavy pine log rolled over his leg, crushing the limb and causing abdominal injuries which resulted in death. Some days before his death he wrote his parents the particulars of the accident, but the letter was miscarried and the first intimation of the accident they received was the telegram stating that he was dying. After the accident he was taken to the hospital at Ashland, where his death occurred, the best of care proving unavailing.
The deceased was an exemplary young man and his melancholy death is a crushing blow to his parents. He was born in Galena, July 12, 1870, and lived here until some six years ago. He was ever industrious and attentive to his parents, and was an active member of the Methodist Church. He shunned the associations which allure so many young from the correct way and devoted his leisure to reading and other profitable recreation. It should be stated in explanation of his narrow escape from death by a bullet in Dubuque some years ago, as previously stated, that he was not in the place where the turmoil occurred, but was passing by, returning from Rev. Ficke's library, when the combatants rushed out and one fired, the bullet penetrating the lobe of Mr. Heller's ear.
Henry Heller, Jr.