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Andrew J. Brock
- Name: Andrew J. Brock
- Location of Birth: Hennepin County, Cincinnatti, Ohio
- Date of Birth: February 22, 1845
- Date of Death: March 27, 1919 (74 years old)
- Parents: Caleb Brock and Mary Ann (Troy) Brock
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- Branch: Army
- Other Branch: 6th United States Calvary
- Date Sworn In: January 31, 1865 (enlistment date)
- Place Sworn In: St. Paul, Minnesota
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Andrew served in the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry and the First Minnesota Artillery of the 6th United States Calvary.
He resided in Kilkenny until the time of the Civil War, when he enlisted, at the outbreak, in the First Minnesota. He served three years and received his discharge. In a few weeks, he re-enlisted in the calvary, and served for eight months more. He was taken prisoner, and held in Libby prison for about ten days, and then paroled. He was a paroled prisoner at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, and he believed that had he not been a prisoner, he would have been mowed down in the fearful slaughter on that occasion.
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Andrew had four brothers. Lorenzo died as an infant, Columbus (was the first to die from Minnesota in the Civil War), James K. and Charles "Theodore". His sister, Lucy, married Wallace D. Leeman.
News article from April 2, 1919, edition of the Grand Rapids Herald Review:
"Andrew Brock, well known old resident of the village died last Thursday at his home at LaPrairie of cancer. Mr. Brock was 74 years old, and had been in poor health all winter. However, he had attended the dedication of the LaPrairie School a month ago, and shared his good spirits by dancing a jig in the center of the floor.
Mr. Brock was born in Hennepin County, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1845, and came to Minnesota in 1856, locating at Kilkenny. He resided there up to the time of the Civil War, when he enlisted, at the outbreak, in the First Minnesota.
Andrew met Mrs. Brock in 1866, in Kilkenny and they were married the following year. There were ten children of which four are living, Charles, Elmer, Mrs. Florence Dayton, and Harold, who is with the Army of Occupation in Germany. Mr. Brock came with his wife and family to Itasca County in 1891, where they have resided since.
The daughter, Mrs. Dayton had been notified but arrived here a day too late. An effort had been made to obtain the release of Harold Brock from the Army through General Pershing, but in a letter received from him on Monday he stated that he had not received the sad news of his father's death. He stated that he had recently received the information that the ??th division, to which he belongs, will sail from a German port sometime in June.
Grand Rapids residents will feel the loss of Mr. Brock, who was known as one of the "finest old men of the village." He was always gay, and ready for a joke, the kind of man that everybody liked. According to the members of the family, even on his death bed he found occasion to talk cheeringly and jokingly.
Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-A-29-20)
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