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The Western Star, March 23, 1945.


Was The First Ford Car Dealer in Coldwater.
Henry C. Hecht, well known Coldwater businessman, died at his home in Coldwater at 1:50 p.m. on Monday of this week. He had been in failing health for more than a year due to a dropsical condition.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon in the Presbyterian church with the pastor, Rev. D. C. Wallace, in charge. Mr. and Mrs. Gurney Hadley sang Mr. Hecht's favorite hymn, "Home Over There" and "Near to The Heart of God" and Mrs. Geo. R. Stewart sang "The Shadows." Mrs. A. A. White was the accompanist.

The active pall bearers were K. G. Ehrlich, C. G. Lyon, W. R. Johnston, Guy Crowe, Leslie Smith and Bernard Stark and the honorary pallbearers were Frank Dodson, A. L. Parsons, E. E. Pounds, W. P. Morton, Geo H. Helton and Chas. E. Allderdice. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Henry C. Hecht was born in Nemaha County, Kansas, August 3, 1879, and died in this city February 19, 1945, at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 16 days.

In 1909 the Hecht family moved to Smith County, Kansas, where Henry grew to manhood. On January 6, 1909, he was united in marriage with Miss Hedwig Berg in Smith Center. To this union were born six children, four sons and two daughters.

In 1910 Mr. and Mrs. Hecht moved to Comanche County and lived one year with Mr. Hecht's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Hecht. They then moved to Coldwater where Mr. Hecht was proprietor of the Albert Pike Garage. Later he established the first Ford agency and organized the Ford garage. During the past four years he conducted the City Welding Shop in this city. During all his business career he made many friends in and around Coldwater.

Shortly after coming to Coldwater he and his family identified themselves with the Presbyterian church, becoming loyal members, and Mr. Hecht remained a faithful member up to the time of his illness.

He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved and devoted wife, four sons, Morrow M. and Gorman M. Hecht of Wichita, Scottie J. Hecht, Coxswain in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific and Bobby of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Evena Crowe and Mrs. Fahryn Cummings of Coldwater, three grandsons and one granddaughter; six brothers, David W. Hecht of Sterling, Colorado, Ollie, Ernest and Reuben Hecht of Coldwater, Richard Hecht of Ulysses, Kansas and Mervin Hecht of Clovis, New Mexico, and by two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Simmonds of Athol, Kansas and Mrs. W. F. Wagner of Clovis, New Mexico. One sister, Mrs. Emma Gordon, preceded him on death. He is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of all.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for transcribing and contributing the above obituary!

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