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John Henik
Born March 27, 1857


John Henik, now residing on his farm of twenty-two acres on section 25, Hale township, where he is successfully engaged in the growing of small fruits, is also the owner of a farm of two hundred acres on the same section, which he has leased for the past three years. His birth occurred in Johnson county, Iowa, on the 27th of March, 1857, his parents being Michael and Josephine Henik, natives of Bohemia. In 1854 they set sail for the United States and after landing on the shores of this country made their way at once to Johnson county, Iowa, spending the remainder of their lives on a farm there. The mother was called to her final rest in March, 1896, while the father passed away on the 20th of August, 1899, when he had attained the age of seventy-seven years and three months. Their children were eleven in number, as follows: Antone, whose demise occurred in Oxford; Frank, who enlisted in the Fifty-fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry at the time of the Civil war and was killed while in the service; Katie, the widow of Frank Nowachek, of Oxford Junction; George, a resident of Kansas; Joseph, whose sketch appears on another page of this work; Mary, who died in infancy; John, of this review; Anna, who passed away at the age of sixteen years; James, of Oxford township; William living in Hale township; and Frank, the second of the name, who makes his home in Cedar Rapids.
John Henik lived at home until he was married in 1884, since which time he has been a resident of Hale township, Jones county. He first bought a tract of eighty acres on section 25, but gradually increased his landed holdings by additional purchase from time to time until the farm now comprises two hundred acres of rich and arable land. There he successfully carried on agricultural and stock raising interests until about 1906, when he leased the place and took up his abode on a tract of twenty-two acres on section 25, where he has since devoted his attention to the growing of small fruits, for which he finds a ready sale on the market.
In 1884 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Henik and Miss Anna Chabal, who was born in Johnson county, Iowa, on the 25th of September, 1861. Her parents, James and Katie (Merkosh) Chabal, were natives of Bohemia but were married in this country. They came to Iowa in 1855 and here spent the remainder of their lives, passing away in Johnson county. Mr. and Mrs. Henik are the parents of six children, namely: Mary, who resides on her father's farm with her husband; Frank Fritz; Anna, the wife of Louis Mizaur, of Oxford township; Rosa, the wife of John Cloid, of Oxford Junction; Tilly, the wife of Louis Luke, of Oxford township; Gilbert, at home; and Fred.
Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Henik has supported the men and measures of the democracy and has capably served his fellow townsmen in various minor offices. He is a faithful communicant of the Bohemian Catholic church at Oxford Junction and also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America at that place and the C. B. A., a Bohemian lodge. The period of his residence in this county now covers a quarter of a century and he enjoys in large measure the esteem and good will of those with whom he has come in contact.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 135.

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