Linked by Lengnicks

If you’ve been following the story of Georgia Bateson, an orphan of Savannah, you’ll know that we’ve been solving her life story from 1870-1956. We learned that she married Albert Carl Lengnick.

So now we want to know more about the Lengnicks, a Beaufort family who was originally from Germany.

I found several old obituaries in the obituary card file at the Beaufort County Library in the Beaufort District Collection.

Georgia and her husband moved away from Beaufort, but he still had Lengnick family in the area.

I’ll start with this obituary for his nephew. When we found the Lengnick plot at St. Helena’s churchyard, I wondered why he died so young.

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Lengnick, Edward E., Jr.

BG     P.4     September 17, 1925

*****

EDWARD LENGNICK

COMMITTED SUICIDE

*****

Beaufort Boy, Very Popular at

Key West, Fla., Where He

Worked, Left Dispondent

Note.

*****

Key West, Fla., Sept 17.—(Spe-

cial.)—Edward E. Lengnick, Jr., age

22, employed as solicitor in sales de-

partment of the Key West Electric

Company, committed suicide here at

8 o’clock on Monday morning, by

shooting himself in the head at his

room in the Kweco Inn, where he had

been residing along with other em-

ploys of the company since coming

to Key West about two years ago.

Lengnick left a note which read:

“Something is and has been eating

my heart and soul away for some

time. Life has become unbearable

and I am unable to stand the mental

agony any longer. Edward, Jr.”

No other apparent reason was

given for the act.

Young Lengnick was quite popu-

lar in this community and was held

in high esteem by his associates and

many other acquaintances.

*****

Young Lengnick, son of Mr. and

Mrs. E. E. Lengnick, this city, was

buried here in St. Helena’s church-

yard Wednesday afternoon at 5

o’clock.

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Lengnick, Edward, Jr.

BG    P.4      September 24, 1925

*****

EDWARD LENGNICK, Jr.

WAS CHARMING YOUTH

*****

Just a tribute to this dear young

fellow who has left so many friends

to mourn his loss.

A general favorite from his baby-

hood he indeed leaves a void among

the young people with whom he was

associated so closely, and also to his

older friends who held him so dear.

Although making his home in an-

other place since manhood, his visits

were always occasions of pleasure to

Beaufortonians, and Edward was

always a welcome guest; his cordial

manner and charming personality en-

dearing him to all with whom he

came in contact.

Graduating at the Beaufort High

School, he was selected president and

valedictorian of the class of 1918, and

a bright and promising future seemed

assured. But his health became im-

paired while a student at the Georgia

School of Technology, and, when he

returned home a sick boy, it was re-

alized he was no longer his buoyant,

cheerful self. From that time on-

ward, he made a brave fight against

heavy odds; but the conflict was too

long and too hard, and on the 17th

of September he left this painful life

to enter the rest of Paradise where he

longed to be.

His remains were brought to Beau-

fort and laid to rest in the church-

yard of old St. Helena’s, of which he

was a member from childhood. The

services in the church were conducted

by the rector, Rev. Maynard Marshall,

assisted by the Rev. Mr. Kirkland of

the Methodist church. The pallbear-

ers were selected from his friends, all

in the height of young manhood, who

tenderly laid their comrade to rest

under quantities of flowers sent to

his bereaved family, to whom the

sympathy of an entire community is

given.

There in the family burial lot he

sleeps his last long sleep, while we,

secure in the thought that we can

never drift beyond God’s love and

care, know that—

“All Souls are Thine: we must not say

That those are dead who pass away

From this our world of flesh set free

We know them living unto Thee.”

“H.”

 

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Good night, Edward. We’re here, and we’re thinking about you.

 

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