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Somewhere between slowly giving way with his family gathered around and suddenly falling to the furrow, Henry died on November 7th, 1898. He was on his farm and the family had just brought in the crop and was preparing for the long winter ahead.

The cemetery at St. John's is on a hill, and in November the trees on its sorrowing crest would have been darkly defined against the sky to those that gathered to say their last. His children where there. They stood in the withered grass and listened to the preacher issuing the last words of a life lived and a life gone away.  Laced in between them were his grandchildren, some relatives, a few friends and neighbors and Maria. She was 19 when they married.

1880 Census

Maria Elizabeth Runck Sandman - Mother, February 6, 1840 - November 16, 1908

Children -

Anna Louise - Jan. 22, 1860 - Sunday morning, June 8th, 1913
Henry William - January 9, 1869 - Died of cramps, September 15, 1870
John - December 5, 1861 - April 28, 1923; married Ameila Fiege
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Sandman Fliehman - January 25, 1864 - August 6, 1914
Jacob - October 29, 1866 - May 14, 1936 Spouse - Lizzie Martini
Margret "Maggie" Sandman Gabelein Leffler - April 17, 1871 - December 5, 1935
William "Willie" - May 9th, 1873 - July 16, 1950
George - September 11, 1875 - July 24, 1957
Ludwig "Louis" - June 24th, 1881 - February 14, 1942
Heinrich Albert "Bert" - July 24, 1884 - July 29, 1949
Anna Mary Sandman Stutzman - April 4th, 1878 - July 14, 1959