Obit: Hewett, Harry (1867 - 1931)

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Surnames: Hewett, Zinda, McKenzie, Heaslett, Smith

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 14 May 1931

Hewett, Harry (4 March 1867 - *10 May 1931)*Could be off

Harry Hewett, 64, former chief of police of Stevens Point and Wisconsin’s first deputy state prohibition commissioner under the Severson law, was found dead in bed shortly before Sunday noon at the Felix Zinda place, known as the Sun Rise, on Highway 51 north of Stevens Point in the town of Hull.

Mr. Hewett’s death was caused by a stroke of apoplexy. He has resided at the Zinda place during the past winter, being employed there in the capacity of marshall. He had also formerly served as dance hall inspector at other places in the vicinity of Stevens Point.

It was Mr. Hewett’s custom to eat a lunch each night before retiring, and he did so early Sunday morning, at 1:30 o’clock, after which he went to bed. He had not complained of being ill. Mr. Zinda’s discovery of the death was made at 11:45 o’clock Sunday morning. According to a doctor who was called, Mr. Hewett had been death five or six hours and possibly longer.

Mr. Hewett was born March 4, 1867, in New York State. When a child he came with his parents to Clark county to a farm near Loyal, where he lived until the time of his marriage. He was married May 30, 1888, to Miss Elizabeth McKenzie of that vicinity and soon after their marriage they cleared a farm in the town of Eaton near Greenwood, where they lived for several years. During a period of more than five years Mr. Hewett spent the winters working in a lumber came at Owen. He moved to Neillsville more than 12 years ago, and there he served first as a member of the county board, later as sheriff for four years and in 1919 and 1920 as assemblyman. He became deputy prohibition commissioner soon after he passage of the state prohibition law and served for seven years. Mrs. Hewett died at Neillsville in March 1926, and a year later, Mr. Hewett and his family came to his city, where he became police chief here, an office which he held for two years.

He is survived by one son, James Hewett of Milwaukee; one daughter, Miss Bessie Hewett, who is employed at St. Michael’s hospital in this city, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Heaslett, Loyal, and Mrs. Mary Smith, New York State. One daughter died in infancy. Stevens Point Journal.

 

 


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