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John Heckart Buck
1893 - 1971
Written by Mrs. Joseph B. Osborne in 1999


John Heckart Buck

On September 7, 2023 in the town of Port Deposit Cecil County, Maryland, John Heckart Buck was born to George Horace Buck and Mollie Eggleston Buck. He was greeted by two older brothers Charles, Walter and a sister Mary. He would later be joined by two more brothers, Claude and Harvey. His father, George Buck, ran a lumber business in Port Deposit with his older brother, John Buck, who had been the first of his family to come there from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

His forebears came to Hummelstown from Germany via Amsterdam and West Chester. His Great Grandfather was John Boch (later changed to Buck) who married Eva Blank; his Grandfather was John Buck who married Sidney Heckart. Some of the Heckarts also came to Port Deposit and were influential there. One being Sidney Heckart's brother, J.J. Heckart, who was in the Maryland legislature at the time of the Civil War and who was taken with other members of the legislature to New England and held there so that they could not vote for Maryland to secede from the Union.

George Buck had come to stay with his brother while going to school at West Nottingham Academy from which he graduated. He met and married Mollie Eggleston, whose father was employed at the Granite quarry near Port Deposit. She had grown up in the town since the age of five, when her father, George W. Eggleston, left Harford County where he had been employed at the slate quarry, at Slate Ridge. George W. Eggleston left Harford County after his wife, Mary Warner Eggleston, died leaving four children to be cared for (two sons and two daughters). She was buried at William Waters Church Cemetery.

Mary Warner Eggleston, was the great granddaughter of the first Thomas Streett to settle in Harford County, granddaughter of his son, the second Thomas Streett, and daughter of Sara Streett and Joseph Elijah Warner. Thus, John Heckart Buck was a great, great, great grandson of the first Thomas Streett. George Eggleston's second wife was Elizabeth Barrett, who had no children. Nevertheless, she must have been a good stepmother, for Mollie took care of her in her home for many years after she was widowed.

John Heckart Buck attended Tome School on the hill from which he graduated with honors and was valedictorian of his class. He loved canoeing and fishing and raised a garden and chickens on the terraces behind his parents home. He went to war in 1917 and became a Corporal with the Quartermaster Corps in the Paris area. He was sent to Italy to recover from the flu and came home in 1919 where he was honorably discharged. We have a box full of his letters at home that were found. As with many of his peers, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, he was very down hearted. They thought they had fought the First World War to bring peace that would last forever. He did not like to talk about the suffering and destruction that he had witnessed.

On October 6, 1923, he married Clara Cordelia Brown in the Port Deposit Presbyterian Church. She was the daughter of Elijah Ward Brown and Letitia Wilson Brown. Mr. Brown was a road builder and thresher, and he ran a hardware store in Port Deposit. He was a descendant of the Nottingham Lot Browns. On April 12, 2024 Easter Sunday morning at 11:00 AM a daughter Eleanor Brown Buck was born. On January 22, 2024 another daughter Bettie Jane Buck was born. Both were born in Dr. Richards Hospital in Port Deposit.

John Buck considered the ministry, but then took up banking and was a bank examiner for several years. Finally, he took on the management of the Sparrows Point Bank, one of the few banks that withstood the Great Depression. His doctor advised him to get into the outdoors more so he left banking and bought Carrs Mill, which he ran for several years. Then he returned to his old profession and was Secretary-Treasurer of the Federal Land Bank in Baltimore, Harford, and Cecil Counties. He was President of the Bel Air Rotary Club and a trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air. He also sang in the choir there. He traveled to Florida, Arizona, California and Canada, but loved Maryland best.

He died July 3, 1971, and he was buried at West Nottingham in Cecil County. His early Ancestors would have been proud of him, for he loved God, his country, and his family. He was a truly honest man. His brother Walter's grandson carries his name John Heckart Buck II for the next generation and into the next century.

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