The Rockport Journal, May 11, 1962

Article was typed as it was worded in the newspaper.

Designer of Lincoln Pioneer Village Dies

George H. Honig, 87, who designed and supervised construction of the Lincoln Pioneer Village in Rockport, died at 4 a. m. last Friday at the Newton Rest Home in Evansville. He had been in declining health for several years.

Mr. Honig was a prominent sculptor, painter, historian and collector. He had accumulated huge stacks of historical data, much of it connected with pioneer families of this county, during a lifetime of research through court house records and other sources. His ambition was to get this data assembled into usable form but he never succeeded in getting proper assistance for this meticulous job and was unable, at an advanced age, to do it himself.

Mr. Honig's dream of turning this area into a Lincoln paradise never materialized but he did much to promote the story of Lincoln's boyhood days in Indiana. The Lincoln Village, dedicated in 1935, has attracted more than a quarter million visitors to Rockport.

Some of Honig's more familiar works are the bronze groups on the Memorial Coliseum in Evansville, other historical markers there and bronze tablets at Audubon Park and in Henderson. He also created hundreds of paintings during his lifetime as an artist of varied talents.

Mr. Honig was a native of Rockport. His wife, Alda McCoy Honig, well known pianist, died in 1955.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. H. H. John of Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Rose Anderson, of Checotah, Okla.; and a nephew, Dr. Stephen L. Johnson, of Evansville.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Alexander funeral home in Evansville with burial in Mt. Zion cemetery west of Rockport.