JACOB HELMICK GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Died: October 13, 1921.
He answered the long roll. Jacob Helmick, who served through nearly all the war in B battery, 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery, died at the home of his son George in the city at noon, October 13th. He has been confined to his home for almost a year, having suffered a broken leg which caused his general health to fail. His age being eighty-seven years it was impossible for him to recover from the fracture as a younger man would. He had been a resident of Kansas for over forty years, having moved to Humboldt in March of 1880 and in 1891 he came to Le Roy where he has made his home practically all the time since. During his residence here he served many years as justice of the peace and the people would have kept him in office continually had not his advancing years made him positively decline to accept it any longer. While not rich in this world’s goods, Jacob Helmick was wealthy in the esteem of his fellowmen and was one of Nature’s real noblemen.
He was born in Warren county, Ohio, September 30, 1834. He enlisted in the army as described above on August 20, 1861 and was discharged August 23, 1864 at Kalamazoo, Mich. He had obtained the rank of corporal. While still a soldier, Feb. 5th, 1862, he was married to Mollie Scott at Baltimore, Md. When he went to the front his newly-wedded bride entered the service as an army nurse, and continued in that capacity until his discharge. Mr. Helmick was wounded in the battle of Baton Rouge.
Eight children were born to them, three of which died in infancy and three, Maude, Charley and Linn preceded him in later life. The campanion of his life died on New Year’s day 1911. One son, George Helmick of this city and one daughter, Mrs. Estella Armfield of Wichita, fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, three brothers, Hiram, Ely, and Burns, all of Michigan and two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Green of Lake City Iowa and Mrs. Alice Clark of Buchanan, Mich., survive him. When about sixty years of age he united with the Christian church, later transferring his membership to the Baptist church and still later to the Methodist church of which he was a member at his death. In early life he had been a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges.
In honor of his service to his country six young veterans of the world war acted as pallbearers. They were Harvey Garrett, Edward Louderback, Glen Crotts, Artis Lineback, Robert Fischer and Ivan Allen. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon in charge of H. W. Nicholson, pastor of the Christian church here, assisted by Rev. R. K. Sutton of the Methodist church. Interment was in the Le Roy cemetery.