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Ann Heskamp recalls Tampico history, sad day in family history

Recalls postmasters George Romine or his wife Elsie as Taylor County Postmasters, "Heskamp & Co." and an ancester of Historian Betty Jane Gorin, and the murder of Henry Heskamp at age 35
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By Ann Heskamp

I enjoyed reading about Tampico which as you know, along with Coburg, is my ancestral home.

At one time I had a list of all the postmasters of Tampico, both in Taylor and Adair counties. But I couldn't find it. I seem to recall that either George Romine, or his wife Elsie was one of the Taylor County postmasters...Elsie Romine was my Granny Heskamp's sister.

Tampico was where Daddy's grandfather, Henry J. Heskamp first opened a store. We have a tax receipt from Taylor County in 1878 for "Heskamp & Co." His partner was David Mitchell, an ancestor of Betty Jane Gorin, of Campbellsviie. Mr. Mitchell and my great grandfather had known each other in St. Louis...we have a book inscribed "From Dave Mitchell to Henry Heskamp, on his departure from St. Louis, Mo. to Louisville, Ky. on the 29th of Dec. 1873."

By 1880 Henry Heskamp had moved to Adair County and opened a store in Coburg on the Pike.

In December 1882 Henry Heskamp was dead at age 35, killed by a robber in his home at Coburg. He left 4 young children and his wife Maggie Heim Heskamp. Henry's body was shipped by rail to Louisville for burying. There is no record of his burial in Louisville, but it was most likely at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery where his father and several other Heskamps are buried. ~Ann

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