Princeton Clarion dated
"HENRY H. NTEKAMP - Death Comes Following Appendicitis Operation - Well
Known Citizen and Former Official Passes Away Wednesday Night at His Home - The
word that Henry H. Niekamp had died Wednesday night at at his home,
county, few of whom realized his condition was critical. Mr. Niekamp had been ill about
two weeks with appendicitis. Wednesday an operation was performed. It was found the
ailment had so developed that a successful outcome could hardly be expected, and the
end came within a few hours.
The funeral arrangements have not been made, but it will not be held before Saturday.
The Odd Fellows lodge, of which he was a member, will have charge of the interment.
Henry H. Niekamp was one of the best known men in Gibson county, having served as
county superintendent and also as county and city engineer. He was the son of the late
William and Mary Niekamp and was born near Buckskin, in Barton township, July 23,
1868, being 48 years old at death. His youth was spent in Barton township, where he
acquired a good common school education, later attending
received his A.B. degree in 1899. In 1895 and 1896 he was superintendent of schools for
Gibson county. In 1903 he was elected county surveyor and served for six years in this
capacity. He also served two years as city civil engineer. Several years ago Mr. Niekamp
was admitted to the Gibson county bar as a lawyer and he had divided his time for several
years between the law and his surveying and contracting work. Recently he had
determined to go back to his old love, school teaching, and had been appointed as one of
the teachers for the new consolidated Patoka township
together with the two daughters, Ruth and Eunice. There are also three sisters and five
brothers, Mrs. William Meyer, Mackey; Mrs. Fred Ohning, wife of the superintendent of
the county infirmary; Mrs. A. G Cato of Winslow; William,
Fred and Gus, of Buckskin, and George, of
Henry Niekamp was confirmed in the German Evangelical church in 1883, and he tried
to live his life in accord with this Christian professions. He was Sunday school
superintendent in the German church here at the time of his death and took a great
interest in the church and its works. Whether as a public official or in the private walks of
life, he sought earnestly and conscientiously to do his duty faithfully and efficiently at all
times. He was a man of excellent character and held in high esteem by all who knew him.
His political allegiance was with the Republican party, and he gave his best efforts to
advancing the principles he believed in. He was a kind and devoted husband, father and
brother, and to the sorrow stricken family the sympathy of every friend goes out. The
community has lost a good citizen and one who will be greatly missed."
GCHS, Georgia McElhiney.