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The Western Star, October 14, 1921.


C. H. Hecht, for nearly ten years a citizen of Comanche Co., died at 7 o'clock a.m. on last Sunday, October 9, 1921, at his home four miles north of Clovis, New Mexico, after an illness of about four weeks. He had been a sufferer from bright's disease for several months, yet not until a short time before his death was any alarm caused as to the seriousness of his condition. He spent about five weeks in this county during the summer, returning to his New Mexico home about the first of last month. The body was brought to this city on Tuesday and burial was made in Crown Hill Cemetery at 3 o'clock on Wednesday. Impressive funeral services were conducted from the First Presbyterian church, the pastor, Rev. A. Frank Johnston, being in charge.

Conrad Henry Hecht was born in Will County, Illinois, on February 2, 1854. While yet a young man he moved with his parents from Illinois to Nemaha County, Kansas, where he continued to live with his parents for a number of years. For a while he was a resident of Smith County, coming from that county to Comanche County, in the year 1909. He lived here until about two years ago, when he and his wife moved to Clovis, New Mexico, near which city they purchased 320 acres of land and established a new home. Their youngest son, Marvin, made his home with them. In Auburn, Nebraska, on March 1, 1878, Mr. Hecht was united in marriage with Miss Anna Myers, who with seven sons and three daughters, survive him, and all of whom were present at his funeral. The sons are: Henry C., David W., Alvin H. and Reuben L. Hecht of Coldwater, Ernest C. Hecht of Hartford, Kansas, Richard O. Hecht of Hooker, Oklahoma, and Marvin L. Hecht of Clovis, New Mexico, and the daughters are Mrs. Emma Gordon and Mrs. Amanda Simmonds of Athol, Kansas and Mrs. Sophia Wagner of Clovis, New Mexico. One son died in infancy. Mr. Hecht is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Sophia Jenkins of Bern, Kansas, and by four brothers, William and August Hecht of Nemaha County, Kansas, Gustav Hecht of Dubois, Nebraska, Conrad Hecht of Wyoming and Herman Hecht of Benton County, Arkansas.

Mr. Hecht was an industrious, hard working and honorable man, honest in all his dealings, kind and courteous in his attitude to all with whom he associated, and in every respect was a good husband, father and citizen. He had known the hardships and privations of pioneer life, yet by the practice of economy and perseverance he prospered, gaining a reasonable competence during the latter years of his life. He owned two half sections of land in this county, besides his New Mexico possessions. Mr. Hecht had lived a consistent Christian life. In his youth he was a member of the Evangelical church. Later he joined the Congregational church, but after coming to Comanche county he united with the Presbyterian church of this city and continued his membership in that religious organization. All who knew Mr. Hecht honored and respected him. He was never ambitious for public honors, being content to enjoy his home and to labor for the comfort of his family and to add to the happiness of those about him. His memory will long be cherished by a large circle of friends wherever he has lived. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in their hour of bereavement. At the time of his death, Mr. Hecht was 67 years, 8 months and 7 days of age.

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