At his home on Water Street, Sunday evening, September 10, 1905, of
Bright's disease, Benjamin Hilker, age, 61 years. He was born in Preston,
Ontario, November 22, 1843 and when a boy moved with his folks to Port Elgin,
Ontario, where he grew up.
He was married there on January 29, 1869, to Miss Abigail Detwiler. After
living there several years they moved in 1873 to Lansing, in this county
where they lived on a farm for 12 years.
In 1885 they moved to Austin where the family has since resided. He was
in the meat market with Flehn and McMann for three years and later worked
at the trade of mason and house mover.
Six years ago he took a trip to the Klondike. He has been failing for the
past two years. During the civil war, while at work in the Michigan woods as
a logger, he enlisted at Flint, Michigan in Company I, 30th Michigan Voluntary
Infantry in 1864 and served until the close of the war. He was a member of
In 1870 he was converted and baptized in Lake Huron, uniting with the
United Brethren church. He was an upright citizen and his decease makes a
vacancy in the home which brings especial sorrow.
The widow and five children survive: Mrs. Dell Roberts, Lyle Township,
John Hilker, Canby, Minnesota, Mrs. Eugene Fairbanks, Caledonia, Minnesota,
Albert Hilker and Mrs. Charles Pitcher, Austin.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C.D. Belden, will be held at the
residence at two o'clock, this Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Oakwood
Mower County Transcript
September 13, 1905, Page 3, Column 3
Submitted to MNGENWEB by Dorothy Kunz
BORN IN ONTARIO PROV., CANADA
The death of Benjamin Hilker, a citizen of Mower County since 1873,
occurred at his home, 400 West Water Street, Sunday evening at 7:15 after a
long time of suffering and poor health.
Benjamin Hilker was born in Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, November
22, 1843. He was married January 22, 1869 to Miss Abigail Detwiler. In 1873
they moved to Lansing where they resided on a farm for twelve years. In 1885
the family moved to Austin where they have since lived on West Water Street.
During the time he lived in Austin he has worked at masonry and moving of
buildings. About seventeen years ago he was in partnership with Mr. Fiehn
in a meat market. Later the firm was Hilker & McMann and after continuing
in the business for three years, Mr. Hilker sold his interests to August
Deceased was formerly a member of the G.A.R. Post. He was a good man
to deal with in business, honest and upright, a good neighbor and a kind
husband and father. He was well liked by all his friends and acquaintances
and always provided well for his family. He is the last of his family, his
sister Mrs. Charlotte Furtney died two years ago.
About six years ago Mr. Hilker in company with his nephew, Josiah
Furtney, took a trip to Klondyke and since that time has been failing in
health, a sufferer of Bright’s disease. For two years he has been unable
to do any work but only for the past four days has he been confined to his
Beside a widow five children survive the deceased, Mrs. Dell Roberts
of Lyle, Mrs. E.B. Fairbanks of Cazenovia, Minn., John Hilker of Canby,
Minn., Albert who is at home, and Mrs. Charles Pitcher of this city. The
children will all be present at the funeral.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from
the house, Rev. C.D. Belden will officiate. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Pike -- transcribed by Angela Snyder