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AHILLEN, Gerhard Wilhelm his website entry
born Nov 22, 1862, Einhaus near Bakerde, Herzlake; died Jul 8, 1838, St Louis, MO; married Bernadina SCHAPER

William R Ahillen
William R Ahillen, 2921 Missouri avenue, was born Nov 23, 1862, at Herzlake, Germany, was educated and worked on a farm in his native land until 20 years old when he immigrated to America. He is a son of Rudolph and Gesina Wilken Ahillen. Upon his arrival in this country he settled at Carlyle, Ill., where he worked on a farm for his uncle until 1885, when he came to St Louis and entered the dairy business, working as an employee until 1890, when he bought a dairy, which he operated until his retirement in 1914. His marriage to Bernardine Schaper took place May 14, 1890, and to them have been born eight children: Anna M., on June 28, 1892; John G., on Feb 21, 1895; Helen A., on March 29, 1896; William G., on Sept. 5, 1897; Henry G., on March 11, 1899; Mae T., on March 4, 1902; Herman J., on Sept 14, 1903, and Caroline B., on July 20, 1905. Mrs Ahillen was born on Nov 4, 1865, at Herzlake, Germany, and came to this county with her parents in 1884. Her father, Henry Schaper, died shortly after the family arrived at Carlyle, and after his death the mother and her children came to St Lous where she died March 1, 1917. Mr. Ahillen has sreved as president and secretary of the St. Vincent De Paul's Society; as vice-president of the Orphan's Society; as a trustee of the School Board and in various other positions of trust. He is a member of the Catholic Knights of America and the Western Catholic Union.

This quote was from the History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, p. 118, 1924, St Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co

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BIPPEN, Gerhard Herman his website entry
born January 4, 1852, Wesuwe; died Jun 7, 1936, Florissant, St Louis County, MO; married Helena BEHLMAN

George H Bippen of Florissant, Mo., is one of the active members of his parish. He had been able to devote much time to his church since retiring from the farm.
Bippen is the son of Otto and Cabina Northberg Bippen all natives of Meppen, Hanover, Germany. His mother [wife] was the daughter of Henry Behlmann, born Apr 15, 1828, and Gasnia Dieters, who reared seven children, Helen, Bernard, Herman, Henry, George, John and Theresa.
George Bippen came over to this country direct to St. Louis, and after a year returned for his father and mother.
They took up farming in 1878 and in 1880 his father purchased farm land in St. Ferdinand township. Both of his parents were taken from him in 1893, the father in August and his mother in December.
In 1879 after renting a farm on his own account he found it a profitable investment and purchased it. From its revenue he has been able to retire since 1916. Mr. Bippen is well liked by his many associates for his affable manner and readiness to help his fellow man.
Bippen was united in marriage to Helen Behlman on June 1, 1880. They have eight children: Emma M born November 5, 1881, who became Sister O'Fallon; Maria G., born in 1882 who is now Mrs. Ben Korte; Helen was born July 2, 1884, and has married John Meyer; Catherine A. arrived September 17, 1886, and is the wife of Herman Meyer; Bippen's first son, Herman H, came in May 1889, and married Casina Miller; then followed Henry J., Decemger 23, 1890, married to Josephine Burke; Theresa A was born August 30, 1895; George A., their last child, came May 13, 1897, and has married Adeline Barthan


History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, p. 118, 1924, St Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co

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BOELLJANS, Anna Maria Elisabeth her website entry
born May 26, 1822 in Klein Fullen (parish in Meppen); died January 19, 1898 in Brussels, Calhoun County, IL; married Johan Heinrich IMMING

"IMMING, Mrs. Elizabeth (Jan. 19, 1898, Jan 27, 1898, p. 8.)
Death's Icy Hand - robs Calhoun County of one of its oldest citizens and the village of Brussels, a kind Christian Lady. Elizabeth, wife of Henry Imming, died at her home in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan 19, 1898, after an illness of two weeks. She was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Brussels, Friday morning, Jan 24, 1898, after Requiem High Mass by the Rev. Father Winterhalter.
The large church was crowded to overflowing by the many friends of the deceased, who came to pay tribute to her memory, and to add a cheering word of comfort to her bereaved family. The large procession to the cemetery bore evidence of the high esteem in which this christian lady was held by those who knew her.
Elizabeth Imming was born in Fuilen, Germany, Jan 15, 1824. Died at Brussels, Calhoun county, Illinois, Jan 19, 1898. Age 74 years and 4 days.
She came to America in 1855, settled in St. Louis, where one year later she was married to Henry Imming, whom she had known across the ocean and who was one of the party coming across. After spending a year in the city, they decided to seek  another home and in 1857 they took up their residence in Brussels, where they have lived a useful life for over forty years. Mr. Imming has been postmaster of the town for 20 years, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, and has always been identified with the progressive people of the community. He is now on his 73rd year and feels deeply the loss of one who has been a true christian wife for 43 years. Besides the aged husband, the deceased leaves four children, all of whom are grown to manhood and womanhood, to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. The sons - Herman, one of Brussel's prominent citizens, and dealer in general merchandise, married Miss Mary Wittmond. John, married Miss Margaret Kiel and is engaged also in mercantile pursuits, running a large merchandising store at Meppen, where he resides. The daughters - Mary, married Henry Baalman, one of Point's prosperous farmers, and lives near Brussels. Lena, is the wife of Herman Kiel, a successful farmer near Brussels. Three other chidlren were born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Imming, all of whom died in youth. The deceased has always been a devout member of the Catholic church and lived faithfully according to its teachings. Death was not feared by her. Her life had been spent in a christian manner and to such, death is only a separation.
The afflicted husband and children have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement. But while the sympathy and love of neighbors and friends may console, true consolation comes from the thought that the loved one is in that happy home that this life was spent in preparation for."

"Card of Thanks. To the many friends of Brussels and vicintiy who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother we extend our sincere thanks. Henry Imming. Children: Herman Imming, Jno. H. Imming, Mrs Henry Baalman, Mrs. Herman Kiel."

This quote was on pages 30-31 of  the publication Obituaries of Calhoun County, Illinois, 1875-1899 by Robert O. Fay, published by the Calhoun County Historical Society, Hardin, IL, 1988.

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BREER, Johan Bernard his website entry
born February 7, 1842, Vinnen, Holte; died December 2, 1892, St Louis, MO; married Caroline SCHAAP

Henry J. Breer (son of Johan Bernard)
Henry J Breer, well known dairyman . . .
Bernard J Breer, father of the subject of this sketch, was born February 8, 1842, at Hanover, Grmany, and coming to this country in 1883, established a dairy business in St. Louis. His marriage to Caroline Schaap took place June 14, 1872, in St. Francis de Sales Parish. He was one of the first members of St. Anthony's Parish. His death occurred December 2, 1892, and his wife passed away February 7, 1908. The children are: Lucas, born April 7, 1874; Bernard, December 17, 1876; Heinrich, October 12, 1878; Franz, October 11, 1880; Marie, February 13, 1882; Herman, April 27, 1885; Caroline, December 25, 1887; Anna, July 26, 1889; August, February 13, 1891, and Catherine, April 3, 1892.
Bernard J Breer established the dairy business at 2915 Chippewa Street, and it is still being operated by his son, Henry J Breer.

History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, p. 118, 1924, St Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co

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BRUNS, Johan Bernard his website entry
born December 13, 1834, Teglingen, Meppen; died Oct 18, 1823, Jefferson City, Cole County, MO; married Maria Adelheid SCHNIEDERS

J. B Bruns, president of the J.B.Bruns Shoe Company, and a man who has been prominently identified with the public interests of Jefferson City over 25 years, was born on a farm near Taylinyen, Mappin Bay, Province of Hanover, Germany, December 13, 1834, where he was reared, educated, and learned to make wooden shoes. Coming to this country, he settled in St. Louis (October 26, 1866). Where, during the busy months of summer he worked in the brick yeards and in winter, when there was little doing, he made wooden shoes, which was at that time a profitable trade. He came to Jefferson City in April 1868, when Nature was all in bud, and began working at the brick yard, but remained only a year when he returned to St. Louis and resumed his original business. On August 30, 1869, he married to Mrs Mary Yunk, widow of Bernard Yunck, near Taos Cole county. Assuming charge of his wife's farm, remained a short while, when he sold it and moved to Jefferson City, again making wooden shoes, for which he found ready sale. He helped build the Dulle Milling Co.'s large building, and during the summer worked at various odd jobs. He was appointed street commissioner of Jefferson City in 1873. He and his wife purchased their first property in Jefferson City, a three-room dwelling (south of their present stand) and started a dry goods and grocery store on a small scale. She attended to the details of this business while her husband performed the duties of his office, looking after the streets. In 1880 they were able to add to these rooms and increase their business and later pruchased the corner lot, erecting their handsome store building and residence, which they have occupied since. In the fall of 1880 Mr. Bruns was elected County Treasurer on the Democratic ticket, to which office he was re-elected and served a second term. In May 1894, associating with others, he organized a company for the purpose of manufacturing shoes, under the name of J.B.Bruns Shoe Co. Later, J.B.Bruns and J.Herman Bruns, Judge Henry J. Dulle and son Edward Dulle, and Joe Cullen pruchased the interests of the other members of the company, Mr. J.B.Bruns still being President.
Of Mr. Bruns' three children Lena is now Mrs. George Knollmeyer; Anna (who is at home with her parents) is equally interested with Mr. Knollmeyer in the general store, conducted under the firm name of J.B. Bruns and Co. J.Herman Bruns, Secretary and Treasurer of the J.B.Bruns Mfg. Co., was married to Miss Mary Dulle, daughter of Judge Henry J. Dulle, of this city who enjoys with him the fomforts of a beautiful home in the western suburbs.

Illustrated Sketch Book and Directory of Jefferson City and Cole County, page 294; J W Johnston ed.; 1900, Press and Bindery of Tribune Printing Co, Jefferson City, MO

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BUETTMANN, Bernard his website entry
born August 27, 1838, Langen, Lengerich; died August 14, 1926, St Louis, MO; married (1) Anna/Maria ROSEN and (2) Francisca KUESTERSTEFFEN

"Bernard Buettmann, 1518 Monroe street, St. Louis, Missouri, retired, was born on August 27, 1838, at Lengerich, Hanover, Germany, and came to America in 1857. Coming to St Louis he first settled in St. Joseph's Parish and went to work for the Sligo Iron Works, with which concern he remained 46 years, serving most of the time as a superintendent in charge of the men. He retired in 1910. He generally assisted in the building up of St. Liborius Parish and is prominently identified with charity works, being a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society, German Orphan Society, St. Joseph's Benevolent Society.
Mr. Buettmann was twice married, first in 1858 to Anna Rose, who died in 1870. The ceremony was performed in St. Joseph's Church, and one son, Frank, who died when three months old, was the result of this union. In 1872 he married Francisca Kuestersteffen, daughter of Casper Kuestersteffen, who died October 28, 1916. This union was blessed with 11 children of whom four survive: Catherine, born June 26, 1875, wife of Frank H. Pope; Elizabeth, born February 13, 1883, twice married - first husband, William Rolver, second husband, John Rolver; Margaret, born June 8, 1886, wife of Fraank A Gerwitz, and Carolina, born November 1, 1889, now Sister Calasanctia, a Notre Dame Nun in Parochial School of St. Francis de Sales."

History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, p. 150, 1924, St Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co

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BUETTMANN, Bernard Heinrich his website entry
born Noember 7, 1861, Handrup, Lengerich; died April 14, 1926, St Louis, MO; married Maria C BRINKER

Bernard H Buettmann, of 3206 North Dakota Street, St. Louis, who began an independent career at the age of twenty years with the Sligo Iron Stove Company is still with this concern and numbered among its trusted and efficient employes, now holding the position of city desk salesman. He was born November 7, 1861, at Lengesich, Germany, a son of Joseph L Buettmann and Theresa Roetger. He was educated in the parochial school of his native town, and worked on the farm for his father until coming to this country in 1881. After arriving in St. Louis he took advantage of a night school and thus equipped himself for a business career. His marriage to Mary C Brinker took place November 14, 1888. She was born September 2, 1865, and died September 5, 1918. The union was blessed with the following children: Marie C., born December 29, 1889; Ferdinand J., June 30, 1891; Joseph B., 1893; Frank A., June 22, 1895; Anna A., July 26, 1898; Catherine C., May 11, 1900; Anton A., June 17, 1902; Helen R., August 8, 1904, and Bernard, April 3, 1908. Mr. Buettmann was trustee of his parish for many years and has served as president of the Men's Sodality.

History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, p. 150, 1924, St Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co

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BURRICHTER, Johan Anton his website entry
born June 13, 1822, Lengerich; died Aug 4, 1885, Galena, Jo Daviess County, IL; married (1) Anna Maria NIEMANN and (2) Mary Catharine STROTMAN

BURRICHTER, FRANK JOSEPH, wholesale liquor dealer, Galena, Ill., born in the city where he now resides, Sept. 6, 1866, the son of John and Mary (Strothman) Burrichter, natives of Germany; was educated at Galena and St. Paul, Minn., and is engaged in the wholesale liquor trade as a proprietor of the firm of Burrichter Brothers, the business having been established by his father in connection with J. H. Hellman and G. Sander, in 1844. The firm keep three salesmen on the road in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Frank J. Burrichter is a Director of the Merchants' National Bank, of Galena. He was married May 20, 1900, at Burlington, Iowa, to Julia M. Wolf, a native of that city, and they have had three children: F. Robert (deceased), Dorothy and John Anton. Politically Mr. Burrichter is a Democrat, and in religious faith a Roman Catholic.

The above bio-sketch was copied from the Jo Daviess County, IL, GenWeb page - Citizens of Jo Daviess County (Biographies) from History of Jo Daviess County, 1904
http://jodaviess.ilgenweb.net/1904history/bio1904.htm#B

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CORDES, Gerhard Heinrich his website entry
born November 2, 1809, Eltern, Haseluenne; died Feb 9, 1902, St Libory, Howard County, NE; married Anna Maria Gesina GOEDEKE

A biographical skettch of this emigrant can be found in Bryon Bryon's WorldConnect database:  http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/
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DETERMAN, Herman Heinrich his website entry
born December 26, 1848, Hestrup, Lengerich; died 1920 in Kingfischer County, OK; married Johanna RICKERL

A biographical skettch of this emigrant can be found in Brina Birgen's WorldConnect database:
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=birgen&id=I2017

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DETERMAN, Johan Bernard his website entry
born December 18, 1841, Hestrup, Lengerich; died 1923, Marshall County, IA; married (1) Mary SPIEKER, (2) Maria RUECKERL

A biographical skettch of this emigrant can be found in Brina Birgen's WorldConnect database:
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=birgen&id=I2018

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DREES, Johan Herman his website entry
born July 17, 1848, Gersten, Lengerich; died 1931 Wabasha County, MN; married Mary Theresa JENNINGS

A biographical skettch of this emigrant can be found online
source: History of Wabasha County, MN, 1920
http://www.rootsweb.com/~mnwabbio/2d.htm

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DUST, Gerhard Rudolph his website entry
born May 20, 1808 Bawinkel Dorf; died 1857 in Effingham County, IL; married Elizabeth AULENBROCK

"There is something in the sturdy nature of the German that enables him to succeed in what he undertakes. When he is given the opportunities offered in this country, he develops remarkably and becomes a prosperous man, solid in his community and honored for his industry, integrity and thrift. So it is that the children of German parents have every reason to be proud of their origin and to profit by the excellent example set by those of their family who have come before them. John H Dust, of Section 32, Douglas Township, Effingham County, Ill., is one of those fortunate men. He was born on the farm which he now occupies, December 14, 1849, the son of Rudolph and Elizabeth (Aulenbrock) Dust, both natives of Germany.
Upon coming to the United States, Rudolph Dust and his wife first located at Louisville Ky., and later came to Effingham County, arriving there in 1846. Mr. Dust bought land on Section 32, Douglas Township, on which he erected a log cabin, with clay and stick chimney, and in this primitive dwelling the family lived until the death of the father in 1857, John H. being only seven years of age at that time. The other children were: Josephine, who died at the age of twenty-five years; Mary, became the wife of Henry Osterhaus,m and lived near Green Creek Catholic Church, but is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Osterhaus were the parents of one son, Henry F., and one daughter, Mary, both of whom are married. Mrs Dust died in 1874."
The bio continues with a couple of paragraphs about son John H.

This quote was on page 750 of  the book Illinois Historical, Effingham County Biographical, N Bateman and P Selby eds, Chicago, 1910

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DUST, Herman Henrick his website entry
born November 5, 1815 Bawinkel Dorf; died 1903, Douglas Township, Effingham County, IL; married Catharine AULENBROCK

"Henry W Dust, born May 15, 1848, a native of Effingham County, IL, is the son of "Herman H. and Catherine (Aulenbrock) Dust, both born in what is now Hanover, Germany. The father, in hope of finding a better field for labor, emigrated to the United States in 1837, locating first in Effingham County, IL. Later he went to Indiana and Ohio, where he worked on a canal. Returning to Effingham County in 1840, he entered eighty acres of land on Section 32, Douglas Township, and built a small log cabin for himself and bride on this land. In 1845 he went to Louisville, Ky., where he married the sister of Rudol'h's wife (Gerd Rudolph being his brother) and they drove back in a covered wagon to begin their married life in the little cabin, where four of their six children were born. Their children were: Henry W. and his twin brother Rudolph, who died at the age of three years; William, now an extensive farmer in Bishop Township; Louisa, died at the age of two years; Louis who married Anna Niemert and they had six children though he and his wife are now deceased. The brother of Herman H., Rudolph Dust, afterward moved with his family from Louisville to Effingham County, and he and his wife both died soon after their arrival, although he lived long enough to pay taxes.
Herman H Dust paid his first tax, amounting to thirty-seven cents, in 1841. He was successful from the time of his location in Douglas Township, being a man of undaunted courage and energy, ready to work hard in improving his land and bringing it to a high state of cultivation. He made a good home for his children and gave each one of them a farm when ready to leave the parental roof. A whig, and later a Democrat, he was staunch in the support of his party and served a number of years as Road Commissioner of his township. He and his wife were members of the Catholic Church. They lived to celebrate their golden wedding, in 1895 a day long to be remembered by their family and friends. Mrs. Dust died in 1898, at the age of eighty years and her husband survived until 1903, passing away at the age of eighty-nine years. During his long and useful life he gained and retained many warm friendships and although he had attained an unusual age, his death came as a shock to all who had known and loved him. "

This quote was on page 749 of  the book Illinois Historical, Effingham County Biographical, N Bateman and P Selby eds, Chicago, 1910

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GOEKE, Johan his website entry
born Apr 6, 1846, Lengerich; died Jun 17, 1941, St Louis, MO; married (1) Sophia HUSEMANN, (2) Maria WINKELER.

JOHN GOEKE
Johan Goeke, a Native of Langerich, Germany, was born April 6, 1846, and coming to America in 1867, embarked upon an agricultural career, which he pursued successfully until his retiremant in 1912, when his son, Bernard Goeke, took over the management of the splendid truck garden included among his possessions. Mr. Goeke, who now resides at 3860 Bingham Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., was twice married; first on Oct 7, 1878, to Sophia Husemann, with whom he had two children. Following her death, February 12, 1877, he was married May 29, 1877, to Marie Winkeler, who, after presenting him with five children, died Apr 28, 1888. The children are Joseph, born Jun 27, 1874; Marie Sophia, January 26, 1877, now Sister Constance; Christina, March 27, 1873; Marie, August 7, 1879, now Sister Disideria, of the Sacred Heart Orphanage, Pueblo, Colo; Anna, Adelheid or Sr. Pulchuria, November 19, 1881, who became a sister of the Franciscan Order, and died November 12, 1905; Elizabeth, March 26, 1884, and Bernard, September 26, 1886.
(The bio-sketch continues with 2 paragraphs about son Bernard.)
John Goeke, at the advanced age of 77 years, is active and enjoying good health. He resides with his son Bernard.

The above quote  was from page 111 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., St Louis, MO, 1924

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GOEKE, Joseph his website entry
born May 24, 1840, Lengerich; buried October 22, 1930, St Louis, MO; married Maria Anna STROOT.

JOSEPH GOEKE
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Joseph Goeke, retired, of 7320 Myrtle street, Maplewood, Mo., is a native of Hanover, Germany; he was born May 24, 1840, and came to the United States in 1864. He settled in St. Louis shortly after and worked at his trade, being in the ladies' tailoring business until 1867, when he changed to that of vegetable marketing line at Union Market. In 1876 he went into the seed business as a partner in the firm of E. Shaper & Co., but sold his interest in 1881 and started in the same line for himself. He again sold out in 1909 to the St. Louis Seed Co., with whom he continued to work for twelve years, retiring finally to the quiet home life he has since led at Maplewood, where he had purchased a residence.
Nov. 13, 1872 he was married to Miss Marie A. Stroot, and raised a family of four children, Anna J., born Nov. 10, 1875, now Mrs. Joseph Kruse; Josephine A., born Feb. 7, 1878, single; Joseph G., born Jan. 20, 1883, and married Miss Selma Rheinhard; Leo J., born May 15, 1889, and married Miss Katherina Diehlschneider. Mrs. Joseph Goeke, Sr., was born Jan. 1, 1852, in Hanover, Germany, and came to America in 1865, with her parents and two sisters, Caroline and Antoinette, Her parents were Clement and Theresa (Dress) Stroot; the family settled in Quincy, Ill., where the father died in 1867. The mother came to St. Louis and lived with her daughter until her death in 1876. Mrs. Goeke is a member of the Ladies Sodality of the Maplewood parish. Mr. Goeke has served as president of the Orphan Society and as secretary of the St. Nicholas Poor Society and is a member of the St. Joseph Unterstuetzung Verein and Holy Name Societies. On Sunday, Nov 12, 1922, Mr. & Mrs. Goeke celebrated their Golden Jubilee with their children and numerous friends. Both of them continue to enjoy the best of health."

The above quote  was from page 111 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., St Louis, MO, 1924

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GUDE, Herman his website entry
born May 15, 1852, Geringhusen, Freren; died Feb 18, 1907, St Louis, MO; married Christina VORST.

"Herman Gude, deceased, formerly of 914, Wyoming street, St Louis, was born at Freren Hanover, Germany, May 15th, 1852, and came to America in 1882. After leaving school he learned the cabinet-making trade, traveling all over Germany for three years following this trade, after which he returned to his home town. November 5th 1877, he married Miss Christina Vorst, and had a family of five sons, viz: Henry J., born October 14, 1878; George T., born Apr 6, 1880; Bernhard H., born September 24, 1882; John J., born July 7, 1890; and Joseph A., born February 2, 1892.
After his marriage Mr. Gude engaged in the cabinet manufacturing business for himself, and continued in that business until 1882, when he came to the United States and settled in the City of St Louis, at the same time becoming a member of the St. Francis de Sales Parish. For twenty five years he was employed in the Peterson plaing mills of this city. He died February 18th 1907, leaving his family a fine residence property at 914 Wyoming street. He was a popular member of the St Francis de Sales Parish and a member of the St Agatha's Benevolent Society.
Mrs Gude was born November 12, 1885 in Voltlage, Germany, and came with her husband and two children to America in 1882. She is a member of all athe ladies sodalities of the St Francis de Sales and St Agatha parishes, and makes her home with her son, Bernhard Gude. She is a property owner and well known in St Louis.
Bernard H Gude, her son, established a hardware business May 1st, 1909. During the following year he took his brother, John J Gude, in as a partner, and they later became the exclusive agents in St Louis for the White Lily Washing Machine, being the manufacturer's agents and conducting a builder's and general hardware business. They are the owners of a $50,000 stock of various merchandise and their business occupies 5,000 square feet of floor space. They do a wholesale and retail business. They were both born in the city of St Louis."

The above quote  was from page 29 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., St Louis, MO, 1924

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HANNEKEN, Johan Albert his website entry
born June 17, 1833 in Wieste (parish in Werlte); married Gesina HAMEKE

"John A. HANNEHEN (sic) is the well-known and popular hotel keeper at Brussels, of which he was one of the first residents, coming to Calhoun County more than thirty years ago. He was born in Hanover, Germany, June 17, 1833. His father, John Albert Hannehen, was also a native of Hanover, and was there reared and married and resided there until 1860 when he came to America to join his children. He spent his last years at Brussels. He was the father of seven children, of whom one died in Hanover. The names of the others are Barney, John A., William, Lucas, Herman and Mary, all of whom settled in Calhoun County after coming to this country.
Our subject gained a practical education in the schools of his native land which he attended from the age of six to fourteen. He then commenced to assist his father carrying on his farming operations and continued to live in Hanover until 1856. In that year he set sail from Bremen in the month of September in the vessel "Ocean" and landed at New Orleans seven weeks and three days later. He thus found himself in the land of strangers, with but $5 with which to begin life in a new country. He went to St Louis and found employment on a farm in that vicinity, receiving as his pay $100 a year. He sent $50 to his brother Barney to enable him to come to this country. In 1857 our subject came to this county and worked on a farm receiving as payment $130 a year. He generously sent $100 of that to his father to assist him to come to America. After the family were all here he began to save his earnings for himself and was soon enabled to rent land. He was so prospered in that venture that in 1859 he commenced to buy land for himself and first purchased an acre of timber now included in the village of Brussels. At that time there were but three homes in the place and it showed but little signs of becoming the flourishing town that is is to-day.
Mr. Hannehen immediately built a log house on his land and soon bought other land joining his first purchase, and in 1860 built a frame addition to his dwelling and opened here the first hotel in Brussels. He has ever since served the traveling public and understands well how to cater to the wants of his patrons. In connection with the hotel he has a well equipped livery stable and also does a good business in that line.
Our subject was married January 10, 1860, to Gana Hemmke, a native of Hanover, Germany who came to America with her father. They have had eight children of whom these three are living: Lena, Lizzie and John Herman. The family are connected with St Mary's Catholic Church and are held in high estimation in this community."

The quote above about Johan Albert Hanneken was from page 775 of the book Portrait and Biographical Album of Calhoun County, IL.

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HANNEKEN, Lucas his website entry
born August 25, 1840 in Wiste (parish in Werlte); buried December 2, 1925, St Louis, MO; married Angela HOEMEKE.

"Lucas Hanneken, retired, aside from being one of the oldest members of SS. Peter and Paul's Parish, with his wife, also enjoys the rare distinction of having celebrated, in 1916, the fiftieth anniversary of his marriage, which occurred Apr 17, 1866, at the church in which he still worships. He was born August 31, 1840 at Wiste amt Humling Province, Hanover, Germany, a son of Albert Hanneken, with whom he came to this country in 1859. Starting in the grocery and liquor business in 1868 at Geyer avenue and Menard street, he terminated a successful career in 1903, when he retired to his present place of abode, 1709 Russell avenue. As a member of SS. Peter and Paul's Parish since 1864, he has been actively associated with the St. Paul's Society, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St Vincent Orphan Society and the Parish School Association.
Mrs. Hanneken, born December 2, 1840, at Hersum Holte, Germany, came to this country by herself in 1863. They became the parents of the following children: Anna, born March 4, 1867, died September 23, 1867; Elizabeth, Sep 15, 1868, died August 26, 1869; Anna M., August 26, 1870; Helen, December 15, 1872, died September 19, 1918; George H., August 9, 1875, died March 31, 1904; Dorothy, November 6, 1877; Amelia, January 27, 1880; Ida K., April 30, 1882, died November 3, 1885. Mrs. Hanneken has been an enthusiastic worker, devoting much of her time to the activities of the SS. Peter and Paul's School Society, the Ladies' Sodality and the Altar Society.
Lucas Hanneken, after securing an education in the parochial school of his native city, worked as a shepherd until 18 years of age, when he came to the United States. Locating first in St Louis, he later worked at Florissant, St. Louis County. Returning to the city in 1862, he next went to Calhoun County, Ill., where for two years he ws employed in the general merchandising business. Two years prior to opening the grocery business he engaged in the brick manufacturing industry. He possessed thorough business qualifications and congenial personality, which accournts for the success which rewarded his efforts."

The quote above about Lucas Hanneken was taken from the History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, St Louis, MO, 1924, page 180.

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HEIMAN, Bernard Heinrich his website entry
born May 28, 1811 in Gross Fullen (parish in Meppen); died 1852 in Damainsville, Clinton County, IL; married Anna Maria Catharine MENKE.

"The first German family who settled in the township [Looking Glass in Clinton County] was that of B.H. Heimann, a native of Hanover. He located on the east side of Sugar Creek, section twenty-four, in 1837. He here improved a farm, where his son, John B., now lives. When he came to this county he had no team, nor money to buy one with, and he raised his first crop with a hoe, breaking up the raw prairie with a hoe. In this way he put in four acres of corn the first year and raised a good crop. He raised a family of six children, and died in 1852."

This quote was on page 260 of the book History of Marion and Clinton Counties, Illinois, 1881, published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1881

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HEIMAN, Johan Bernard his website entry
born February 4, 1834, Slagharen, Holland (parents from Emsland); died 1923, Damiansville, Clinton County, IL; married Anna Maria BERNSEN.

"Damiansville
One of the old pioneer settlers passed away when the grim Reaper Death took from our midst John B. Heimann at the age of 89 years , 10 months, and 15 days.
The deceased was born in Meppen, Germany [incorrect] in February 1834. In December 1837 he came with his parents to America, who then settled on a place 1 1/2 miles east of Damiansville. At that time it was all timberland yet. They at once began building a house, and to clear land, and got it ready for cultivation. In 1852 both of his parents died in the cholera epidemic. Mr Heimann being the oldest of eight children and being 18 years old then, continued living on the farm, and took care of his younger brothers. In January 1854 he married Miss Mary Berndsen. To this union eight children were born two of them died in infancy and Ben Heimann died in 1895. The others are living to mourn their father's death namely, Mrs Marg. Kalmer, Mrs. Anna Toennies, Jos. and Frank Heimann from here, and Herman Heimann from Albers. In January 1904 they celebrated their golden wedding and 10 years later in January 1914 they celebrated the very seldom event of their 60th wedding anniversary. In 1904 the aged couple retired from their farm work and moved to town. In 1915 Mrs. Heimann died and since that time Mr. Heimann lived with his daughter, Mrs Herman Kalmer. The deceased has always been a staunch Democrat, took a keen interest in all public affairs, his mind was clear to the last end, and just a few days before he died he told of happenings over 70 years ago. Besides the above named children, the deceased leaves one brother, Mr. Timotheus Heimann of Baileyville, KS, also twenty-nine grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. The funeral took place on Saturday, December 22. After a solemn requiem sang by Rev. J. B. Henken, assisted by Rev. O. Meier of Columbia, as deacon, and Rev. B. Peters of Albers as subdeacon and Rev. G. Toennies of New Baden as master of ceremonies the body was interred in the Catholic Cemetery at the side of his deceased wife. The St Damians Mens Society of which the deceased was a member attended the service in a body. The bereaved family has our sympathy"

The above quoted obituary of John Bernard Heimann was from the Carlyle Constution December 28, 1923. (It was supplied by Richard Schaefer, having been located by Connie Albers and transcribed by her as published.)

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HELD, Stephen his website entry
born April 6, 1848 in Haren, died Jul 27, 1894 in St Louis, MO, married Anna Elisabeth LUBBERS.

Stephen Held - "Mr. Stephen Held, dairyman, of 3306 Salena street, was born April 6th 1848 at Haren, Kreis Meppen, Germany. He was educated in the Catholic school of his native town and then apprenticed himself to master baker. He came to America with his parents in 1872, and went into the bakery business. A few years later he opened a first class dairy and was in this business until his death, July 27th, 1894.
Stephen Held married Ann Elizabeth Lubbers on the 6th of June 1878. They had seven children: Herman R, Helen, Gertrude, Adolph, Henry, Stephen, and Anna.
Mrs. Stephen Held was born 12th of July, 1853, at Rutenbrock, Germany, and in 1872 came to this country and resided with relatives.
Mrs Held is still living and enjoys the best of health."

The above quoted biographical sketch was on page 184 of the History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis published in 1924.

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HENGEMUEHLE, Herman his website entry
born Dec 18, 1850, Holte; died Nov 16, 1913 Long Prairie, MN

"Friday, November 20, 1913
Early Pioneer Passes Away
Herman Hangemuhle Passed Away Monday Afternoon at His Home in This Village.
Deceased was Sixty Three Years of Age and has Been in Poor Health for the Past Few Years.
Herman Hengemuhle, one of the early pioneers of this county, passed away Monday morning at his home in this village. Mr. Hengemuhle has been in poor health for the past few years, but it has not been until recently that he has been unable to be about looking after his usual work. The funeral was held this morning from the Catholic church and the laid to rest in the local cemetery.
Herman Hengemuhle was born in Hanover, Germany, December 18, 1850. At the age of nineteen years he came to America settling in St. Louis, Mo. He remained there three years and then moved to this county in 1872 taking a homestead northeast of the village. In 18[?] he was married. In 1901 they moved to this village and have resided here since. They have a small tract of land east of the fair grounds. He leaves to mourn his loss, besides his wife, four children.
Mr. Hengemuhle was a devoted husband and father and a good citizen, well liked by all. He was honest in all his business dealings and will be missed from our midst. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved wife and children."

The above obit was printed in the Todd County Argus on Nov 20, 1913 and supplied by Mark Griep

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HOORMAN, Johan Heinrich his website entry
born November 2 in 1854, Vinnen, Holte; died November 25, 1932, Florissant, St Louis County, MO; married Anna M BIRKEMEIER

"Henry J. Hoorman, a native of Hanover, Germany, was born November 2, 1854, and son of Henry Hoorman and Mary J. Marthlage, and came to America April 1, 1873, with the two youngest of four brothers. Settling near Florissant he went to work on a farm at $5 per month. He rented a farm in 1881, and in 1885 purchased 40 acres of ground in Florissant district, which comprises the richest land in St. Louis County. He has served for many years as trustee in St. Ferdinand's parish, is a former president of the Men's Sodality and is active in church work.
"The marriage of Mr. Hoorman and Anna M Birkemeier, a daughter of John D Birkemeier and Elisabeth Koester, both deceased, the former dying July 5, 1869, and the latter January 18, 1908., took place on February 15, 1881. She is a member of an old and well known family.
The children are: John R., born April 17, 1878, and married November 14, 1914 to Adelaide Wilen; Helen E., born September 27, 1893, married to Henry J., Keeven, and Leo Ignatius, born July 29, 1902."

The above quote  was from page 114 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., St Louis, MO, 1924

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HOPPENJANS, Gerhard Bernard his website entry
born September 15, 1821, Drievorden, Emsbueren; married (1) Cecelia ANLAGE, (2) Maria M DALL

GERHARD B. HOPPENJANS was born in September, 1821, in Hanover, Germany. His parents were Bernard and Mary Hoppenjans, both of whom were born in Germany. They came to this country in 1847, and settled in Dubois county, Ind., where the father died March 8, 1848, in his sixty-fourth year. The mother’s death occurred May 15, 1870, at the age of sixty-eight. The subject of our sketch received a common school education in his native land, and came to this country in 1846, and settled in Dubois County, where he bought eighty acres of land, which he has since increased to 197, in Fredinand Township, where he now lives. May 6, 1852, he married Cecelia Anlage, who was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1824. They have one child, named Henry. He is living in Ferdinand, and is running a grist-mill, and is township trustee. Our subject’s wife died April 30, 1854, and April 2, of the next year, he married Mary Dall, a native of Germany, to whom four children were born: Herman, Anna, Benjamin and Chrysostomus. Mr. Hoppenjans is a Democrat, casting his first vote for Pierce. He and his family are members of the Catholic Church.

The above quote  was from website:
http://members.tripod.com/~debmurray/dubois/dubbioref-9.htm#ghoppenjans
quoting HISTORY OF PIKE AND DUBOIS COUNTIES, INDIANA" CHICAGO: GOODSPEED BROS. & CO., PUBLISHERS. 1885.
Ferdinand Township

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IMMKEN, Herman J Wilhelm his website entry
born December 8, 1854, Westerloh, Haseluenne; married maria Angela Bernadina KLOSTERMAN; died March 18, 1926, St Louis, MO

Herman J Immken, retired, 3111 Pennsylvania avenue, St. Louis, Mo., was born December 15, 1854, at Westerloh, Germany, and came to America in 1881. He was educated in the parish school of his native place and worked afterwards for his parents until he enlisted in the Hanoverian Cavalry, First Regiment. In 1877 he received his discharge and came to the United States, arriving in St Louis in 1881. Here he worked for two years in a lumber yard and in 1883 started a dairy business. In 1888 he bought the property on Pennsylvania and carried on an extensive trade as a dairyman. He likewise did a large hauling business under contract for twelve years. In 1912 Mr. Immken retired well fixed as to residence property and has since been enjoying in good health, the rewards of his industrious life. November 3, 1881, he was united in marriage with Miss Angela Klostermann, and they have had five children, as follows: Herman J., born July 30, 1883, Wilhelm W., born September 14, 1887; Mamie S., born November 20, 1892; Anna born November 19, 1894, and Anthony L., born March 23, 1899. Mrs Immken was born at Loh in province of Hanover, Germany, January 13, 1862. She came to America by herself in 1881 and in the same year became Mrs. Immken. She is an active church worker and a member of all the parish organizations.

The above quote  was from page 137 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., St Louis, MO, 1924

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KALMER, Herman Bernard his website entry
born October 17, 1836 in Clusorth (parish in Bawinkel); married Mary LUGERING.

"KALMER, Herman, groceries and liquors; Broadway between 12th and 14th streets; born in Hanover, Germany, in 1836; came to the United States in 1864, and located in Quincy; married Mary Lucering in 1866. They have two children: Mary and Francis. They are members of the Catholic Church. He is a Democrat. He has been in business since 1876, and has erected a substantial store and dwelling, in which he lives and carries on business. He is one of our most enterprising German-American citizens, possessed of energy, perseverance, good business ability, and generous liberality."

This quote was found on page 645 of the book The History of Adams County Illinois, published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps, in Chicago, 1879.

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KERSENS, Gerhard his website entry
born September 20, 1850, Boerger; married Catharine SCHLANGEN.

"Gerhard Kersens, dairyman, 3203 Adams street, St Louis, Mo., was born at Baerger, Hanover, Germany, Sept. 20, 1850, and came to the United States in 1872. He is the son of German Gerhard and Genevieva (Versta) Kersens, who had five children, four of their sons coming to America. After leaving school he worked for his father and when he came to this country he was first engaged in farming and gardening. In 1880 he started in the dairy business with eleven cows at his present location. June 13, 1882, he married Katherina Schlangen and they have had six children: Mamie, born June 25, 1882, became Mrs Linveke; Bernard, born December 11, 1884, married Adelaide Bernsen; Anna, born September 24, 1886, became Mrs. Lawrenz Riegel; George, born October 28, 1889, married Mamie Austro; Katherina, born May 28, 1895, and died March 30, 1917; Rosie, born May 28, 1895, afterwards Mrs. Nicholaus Ferenbach. Mrs Kersens was born March 17, 1862, and is the daughter of Bernard and Margaretha Schlangen, both of whom were born in the old country, but immigrated to the United States. Mr Kersens was one of the organizers of St. Bernard's parish, where he is now a trustee. He has been Verwallunge Rath and president of the Orphan Society for twelve years and served for nine years as marshal; in fact, he has held about all offices that it is possible for a layman to hold and attended all conventions of the local sodalities as well as a leader on the Building Committee. He is a director and a stockholder of the Chouteau Trust Company, has acquired much property and is greatly interested in real estate."

This quote was found on page 183 of the book History of The Archdiocese of Saint Louis, published by Western Watchman Publishing Co, St Louis, MO, 1924

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KERSENS, Johan Bernard his website entry
born May 4, 1848, Boerger; died Jan 10, 1932, St Louis, MO; married Anna Margaretha PRANGER

"Bernard J Kersens, retired dairyman, 3738 Nebraska avenue, St Louis, Mo., was born at Boerger, Hanover, Germany, May 4, 1848, and came to America in 1867.; he was educated in the parochial school of his native place and afterwards worked for his parents until drafted into the German army; after his discharge he came to the United States and worked at farming in Franklin County, Mo., for some years, but came to St Louis and engaged in the dairy business in 1872, which he conducted for thirty years, retiring in 1902; he has since worked as a watchman, but is now permanently retired; he owns considerable property and is well fixed, as the saying is. He belongs to St Anthony's Parish and is a member of all the local socalities and of the Catholic Knights of America. In 1869 he married Miss Anna M Prange and they had eight children, only one of whom, Joseph, is now living; Mrs Kersens was a devoted church worker and died January 9, 1915."

This quote was found on page 183 of the book History of The Archdiocese of Saint Louis, published by Western Watchman Publishing Co, St Louis, MO, 1924

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KLAAS, Johan Wilhelm his website entry
born April 25, 1852, Boerger; died August 24, 1933, Meppen, Calhoun County, IL; married Mary E WAHOFF

"John W Klaas. This gentleman is the proprietor of a general merchandise establishment in Meppen, Calhoun County, and is also Postmaster in that village. He keeps a well selected stock of such goods as suit the needs of the residents in the town and surrounding country, displays them invitingly and disposes of them at reasonable rates, thus securing a good share of the trade of the people in this vicinity. Mr. Klaas is well known in this section, having resided in Meppen for several years during the last five of which he has been holding the position of Postmaster. He is a popular member of the community and is held in good repute as a citizen and business man.
"Our subject was born in hanover, Germany, as were Barney and Lukas Klaas, his father and grandfather. The latter was a merchant and spent his entire life in his native land. The father of our subject received a thorough education and began teaching when quite young. He followed the profession until he was incapacitated for its duties by reason of blindness. In 1864 he came to America, settling in Calhoun County, Illl, where his last years were spent. His wife bore the maiden name of Thekala Goessling. They reared a family of ten children, eight of whom came to America.
"The natal day of our subject was April 25, 1854. He was therefore ten years old when he accompanied his parents to America and soon after his arrival he took up his residence with a half-brother in St. Louis, Mo. He was apprenticed to the St. Louis Stamping Coimpany to learn the trade of a tinsmith and served thereat four years. He continued in the employ of the company as a journeyman four years and then opened a tinshop at Meppen. Four years later he engaged in Business as a merchant, putting in a stock of general merchandise, in the sale of which he is still interested.
"In 1884 Mr. Klaas establsihed his own home, having won for his wife Miss Mary E Wahoff, a lady of housewifely skill, amiability and intelligence. The congenial union has been blessed by the birth of two children, bright boys bearing the names of John and Barney. The family are members of St Joseph's Catholic Church, and are held in good repute by their fellow-citizens."

This quote was found on pages 831-32 of the book Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891

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KNESE, Johan his website entry
born March 1, 1845 Laehden, Holte; died August 18, 1916, Meppen, Calhoun County, IL; married Caroline SCHLEPER

"John Knese is a fine representative of the German element that has been so prominent in developing the agricultural interests of this State, and is numbered among the prosperous farmers of hardin Precinct, Calhoun County. He was born in Hanover, Germany, March 1, 1845, and is a son of John H Knese, a native of the same place. Grandfather Anton Knese was also born there, and was a lifelong resident of Hanover where he was engaged as a farmer. The father of our subject was reared in the place of his nativity where he still resides and learned the trade of butcher, which he carried on in connection with farming.
"Our subject and his brother, Henry Andrew, were the only members of the family who ever came to the United States and both reside in Hardin Precinct. John Knese attended school from the age of six to fourteen years and gleaned an excellent education. He assisted his father on his farm and remained an inmate of the parental home until he was twenty-one years of age. He then became a soldier in the German Army in accordance with the laws of the land, and during his sex-months' service took part in the war between Hanover and Prussia, and was engaged in several battles. After leaving the army he came to the United States in 1866, and upon reaching this country, came to Calhoun County, where his half sister lived.
"Mr. Knese commenced life here as a farm hand, working by the month, and continued thus employed until he settled on the place where he now resides. He has three hundred and twenty acres of fine land, a part of it lying on the Illinois River bottom, and as fertile and productive as can be found in this State. He has placed it under good tilage, and has on it good buildings and all necessary improvements to make it a desirable farm. A view of his fine residence will be noticed elsewhere in this volume.
"Mr. Knese took unto himself a wife April 22, 1873 in the person of Miss Caroline Schleeper who has been of great assistance to him in his work. She is a native of this county and a daughter of Henry and Catharine Schleeper. For her parental history see biography of Henry Schleeper on another page of this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Knese have four children, namely: Katie, Annie, Harman and Lucy. The family are members in high standing of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mr. Knese is a man of good capacity, thrifty, energetic, hard working, and is considered one of our most useful citizens."

This quote was found on pages 791-92 of the book Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891

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KNESE, Wilhelm his website entry
born August 15, 1853, Ahmsen, Holte; died July 1941, St Louis, MO; married Mary WORTMAN

"WILLIAM KNESE
William Knese, dairy proprietor at 2736 La Salle street, St Louis, was born August 16, 1853, at Amsan, Germany, and came to America in 1871. After his school days in Germany he worked on his father's farm until he was eighteen years old and then he crossed the ocean and worked as a farmer in Calhoun County, Mo. [should ready IL], for two years after his arrival. In 1873 he came to St. Louis and was employed by John Wortmann, the well known dairyman. May 10, 1881, Mr. Knese was united in marriage with Miss Mary Wortmann and they have had six children: Catherine, born November 7, 1882; Mamie, born October 23, 1893; John, born February 4, 1904; William, born January 23, 1889, and died October 16, 1918, at Camp Dodge, Iowa, where he had gone after being drafted for the war; Rose, born January 6, 1893; and Anna, born October 8, 1896.

Mrs. Knese was born in St. Louis, January 31, 1859, and is a daughter of John Wortmann. In 1898 her husband took over the dairy business of his father-in-law, which he has since conducted with much success. He has accumulated considerable property. He has served for three years as trustee of St. Vincent's Orphan Society and is a member of the Benevolent Society and of School Building Society of his parish.

The above quote  was from page 140 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., St Louis, MO, 1924

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KNOBBE, Gerhard August his website entry
born August 28, 1859, Wettrup, Lengerich; died May 31, 1927, St Louis, MO; married Anna M NIENABER

"August G. Knobbe, dairy, 2922 Oregon street, St. Louis, Mo., was born August 28, 1859, at Weitrup, Germany, and came to the United States in 1880; his early education was received in the parochial school of his native place and afterwards he worked for his father on the farm; his parents were Bernard H. and Angela (Scharpenberg) Knobbe. Coming to St Louis Jul 23, 1880, he found farm work in St. Louis County near Florissant for two years and in 1882 returned to St. Louis and was employed in the dairy business of Mrs. Nienaber, for whom he worked until his marriage to Miss Anna M. Nienaber, which took place Noveember 22, 1887; the following year he bought the business and in 1892 purchased an additional 125 feet to the property, which is his present location, where since 1904 he has conducted a wholesale dairy business and met with much financial success. Mr. Knobbe is a member of the Western Catholic Union, the St. Francis de Sales Benevolent Society, the St. Vincent de Paul Waisen Verein, the Manner Sodality and is a school director for years. Mrs. Knobbe was born October 28, 1869, in St. Louis, Mo., and is daughter of Herman and Margaretha (Meiners) Nienaber and resident at home until her marriage; she is a member of the parish Ladies' Sodality, the Sewing Circle and the School Society. Mr. and Mrs. Knobbe are the parents of eleven children: Margaretha A., born December 14, 1888; August A., born August 15, 1894; Anthony B., born June 12, 1898; Rose G., born August 30, 1900; Josephine A., born March 19, 1904, and died May 2, 1906; Vincent C., born May 7, 1906; Francis A., born October 3, 1907; Maria A., born August 14, 1909; Alphonse B., born February 12, 1912, and Florence H., born December 29, 1914."

This quote was from page 96 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., 1924.

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KNOBBE, Johan Benedict/Bernard his website entry
born December 21, 1861, Wettrup, Lengerich; died 1949, probably in Florissant, MO; married Elisabeth BIRKEMEIER.

"BENEDICT KNOBBE
Coming to this country from his home at Westrup, Germany, after he had attained his majority, Benedict Knobbe, of Florissant, Mo., route 34, joined a brother who had previously come to America and was farming in St. Ferdinand Township, St Louis County. He was born December 21, 1861, and acquired a common School education in the land of his birth.Since 1883 he has been identified with agricultural life in St. Louis County, first working as a farm hand for the Niehoff family and steadily advancing forward until the present time, now owning three large farms, which rank among the best in this fertile section. The marriage of Mr. Knobbe and Elizabeth Birkemeier took place February 23, 1886. She is a daughter of John Birkemeier and Elizabeth Koester Birkemeier, and was born Jun 7, 1863, at Florissant, Mo. Her father at the time of his death in 1869, was the owner of a fine farm, which the mother continued to cultivate for some years, finally disposing it to her son-in-law, Mr. Knobbe, the subject of this sketch. She died January 18, 1908.

To Mr. and Mrs. Benedict Knobbe have been born five children, among whom is Francisca A., born July 25, 1897, who entered the Order of Sisters of Charity, and now as Sister Francisco is a nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital at Cape Girardeau, Mo. The other children are: Elizabeth A. M., born September 3, 1887; John J., born Feb 22, 1890, the husband of Anna Henke; Henry J., born March 23, 1892, the husband of Elizabeth Keeven and Engelberth B., born November 7, 1902."

This quote was from page 161 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., 1924.

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KNOBBE, Johan Bernard his website entry
born February 19, 1811, baptized in Herzlake; died 1894, Breda, Carroll County, IA; married Maria Adelheid WOLTERS.

A biographical sketch of Johan Bernard from The Breda Centennial Book, Older Days Renewed 1877-1977 and a family photo can be found on website
http://www.rootsweb.com/~iacarrol/knobbe.html

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KNOBBE, Joseph Stephen his website entry
born December 25, 1857, Wettrup, Lengerich; died October 7, 1934, Florissant, St Louis County, MO; married Anna Maria HENKE and Anna Mary KEEVEN.

"JOSEPH S. KNOBBE
Joseph S. Knobbe, owner of a 275-acre farm near Florissant, Mo., and well known in agricultural circles, was born Dec 25, 1857, at Wettrup, Hanover, Germany, and came to this country in 1877, first settling in St Louis and later moving to Florissant. He was first married Apr 29, 1879 to Anna M Henke, whith whom he had six children: Margaret born Jan 29, 1880, died Dec 28, 1911; Agela K., born Sept. 25, 1881, wife of Johann Korte; Bernard A., born Sept. 8, 1883, husband of Elizabeth Birkemeyer; Anna R., born Oct 22, 1885, wife of Herman Korte; Josephine A., born March 5, 1889, and Anna M., born March 25, 1891, wife of John Buskin. The mother of these children died Jun 29, 1897. His marriage to Mrs. Anna Henke took place May 1, 1909. One son, Joseph s., was born to them April 26, 1902. Mrs. Henke Knobbe, whose first husband died March 20, 1892, had five children: angela, born May 21, 1882, wife of Bernard Hartmann; Heinrich, march 5, 1885, husband of Anna Hoormann. Margaret, February 9, 1887, wife of Bernard Foeller, Katherina, December 29, 1888, wife of George Korte; Anna, March 22, 1891, wife of John Knobbe. Mrs. Keeven Knobbe, deceased, was born February 7, 1859, daughter of Henry Keeven and Angela Hesping Keeven. Although Mr. Knobbe began his career as an employee on a farm, he rapidly advanced beyond this sphere and is today recognized as one of the most successful farmers in St. Ferdinand Township.

This quote was from page 138 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., 1924.

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KNOLL, Johan Bernard his website entry
born June 23, 1837, Westrum (parish in Herzlake); died January 6, 1926, Haverhill, IA; married Caroline G ALBERS

Among the honored citizens of Jefferson Township, residing at Haverhill, where he is passing his latter days in rest from his labors, is Mr. John B. Knoll. He was born in Hanover, Germany, June 24, 1837. His parents are Herman and Agnes (Rolvis) Knoll. In 1862, in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Mr. Knoll was married to Miss Caroline Albars, who was also born in Dorren, Hanover, Germany in 1840. She departed this life in 1878. Her husband and six children, Herman, Clemence, Helena, Mary, Agnes, and Bernard are left to mourn her.

This quote, supplied by Dave Halm,  was from the Atlas of Marshall County, Iowa Publishing Company – Davenport, Iowa – 1907, Jefferson Township

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KOPEL, Bernard (Herman) his website entry
born April 5, 1842 in Leschede (parish in Emsbueren); died in Menominee, Jo Daviess County, IL; married Mary Anna IMHOLT

Among the many enterprising and prosperous farmers of Marshall county who came from the land beyond the sea, is Mr. Bernard Kopel, who was born in Hanover, Germany, April 5, 1842, a son of Bernard H. and Gesena Kopel. He came to Jo Daviess county, Illinois, June 17, 1860, and moved to Marshall county March 1, 1901, now residing on his comfortable farm on section 4, Jefferson township. On February 14, 1865 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Imholt, a native of Jo Daviess county, Illinois, where she was born August 12, 1846, to William and Mary Imholt. Mr. and Mrs. Kopel are the parents of eleven children, Henry B., Bernard H., Joseph, Annie, Maggie, Katie, Louisa, Teresa, Leona, Mary, and Frances. Mr. Kopel not only engages in agricultural pursuits, but also in township matters, being school director and road boss.

This quote, supplied by Dave Halm, was from the Atlas of Marshall County, Iowa Publishing Company – Davenport, Iowa – 1907, Jefferson Township

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KORTE, Gerhard (George) his website entry
born Feb 19, 1864, Lotten (parish in Haseluenne); died Jun 24, 1936, St Louis, MO; married Anna BRUEMLEVE

"Mr Korte, proprietor of the Wild Hunter Dairy and Grocer Co., is president of the Dairymen's Fire Insurance Co., and is a director in the Chippewa Bank. Born Feb 9, 1864, at Hassiluene, Germany. He was educated in the parochial schools of his native country. After leaving school he was employed as a millwright until 1885 when he came to St Louis. He embarked in the dairy business here in 1889 at 3124 California avenue, where he opened a small store, but the business increased rapidly and to meet the growing demand for larger quarters he purchased the present property in 1892.
On May 21, 1889, George Korte and Miss Anna Bruemleve were united in marriage and the union has been blessed with thirteen children, born in order, as follows: Marie, June 23, 1890, married to Chas. Kloster; Clara, June 28, 1891, married to Henry Stroot; George, August 15, 1893, married to Miss Ida Fehling, Harry, February 26, 1894, married Miss Rose Weber; Joseph, June 15, 1896, married Augusta Wahlig; Cecilia, August 31, 1891, married Joseph Schnaus; Anna, March 2, 1900; Alphonse, July 31, 1901, Alvira, July 31, 1903; Otillia and Francis, September 19, 1905; Gertrude, December 6, 1907 and Lawrence March 3, 1908. Mrs. Korte, born May 19, 1865, at Wettrup, Germany, came to this country with her parents, Bernard and maria (Klaus) Bruemleve. Mr. Bruemleve died Feb 4, 1903, and his wife March 17, 1907.
Mr. Korte is a member of the Knights of Columbus, president of the Benevolent Society. He has served as chairman of the board of directors, treasurer and president of the Orphan Society. Also as treasurer of the St. Anthony's School Society. Mrs. Korte is a member of the Married Ladies' Sodality and Orphan Society."

This quote was from page 159 of the book History of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Western Watchman Publishing Co., 1924.

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KROEGER, Albert his website entry
born December 23, 1850 in Dalum (parish in Gross Hesepe); died probably in Jefferson City, Cole County, MO; married Mathilda WENGERT

"Albert Kroeger, editor of the Missouri Volksfreund, is a native of Germany, born near Meppen, Hanover, Dec 25, 1850. His parents were Gerhard Henry and Anna Adelheid (Wangelpohl) Kroeger. He immigrated to America in 1862 with his parents, coming direct to Jefferson City, where he arrived in October, being then 13 years of age. Three years later he begun as type-setter in the office of the Missouri Staats-Zeitung, where he completed his trade, after which he worked in different printing offices of the West until February, 1876, when he purchased the plant of the Fortschriftt, and begun the publication of the Missouri Volksfreund, which he has continued to conduct with marked success since, it now being the most influential German Weekly published in Central Missouri. He has served two terms as City Councilman. He was united in marriage in this city Oct 16, 1882, to Mathilda, daughter of John and Crescentia (Wagner) Wengert, natives of Bavaria. To this union has been born nine children; Otto, a young man of unusual promise and exceptional habits, looks after the composition and make-up of his father's publication, the Missouri Volksfreund; Christina, Leo, Rosa, Paulina, Caecilia, Agnes, Paul and Mathilda, all of whom, with his congenial and devoted wife and sister, Anna, form an unborken and interesting family circle at his home, 409 Mulberry street. Mr. Kroeger is a member of St Peter's Catholic church, of which he has been one of the choir more than 30 years. He is a memeber of St Peter's Benevolent Society, of which he is Treasurer; also of St John's Orphan Society.
Mr. Kroeger's early education was in the common schools of Germany, being completed in the great practical school found in the printing offices, his being in those of Kansas City and St. Louis. He is a most worthy citizen of Jefferson City, to which he has given his unswerving loyalty during more than one-third of a century of his residence here. By his personal correspondence and through his paper he secured the active opposition of the German papers throughout the State to the Capital removal, the evidence being very clear that the Germans throughout the State almost without exception voted against the movement.
His paper has been a welcome visitor in the homes of the thrifty German families on Jefferson City and Cole county for nearly a quarter of a century, and its columns have been kept so clean and forceful in the presentation of everything that it is regarded as the oracle largely influencing the thoughts and actions of the German element throughout the city and county."

The above information was from Albert Kroeger's entry on pages 332-33 of the book Illustrated Sketch Book and Directory, Jefferson City and Cole County, MO, 1900, J W Johnston ed., Tribune Printing Co, Jefferson City, MO.

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KRONER, Gerhard his website entry
born February 7, 1842, Vinnen, Holte; died after 1902, proably in Adams County, IL; married Maria STARMAN and Marie HOEDINGHAUS

Kroner, Gerhard, gardner, Sec. 11, P.O. Quincy, was born in Hanover, Germany, March 9, 1816, emigrated to this country in 1840, and settled in this county. In 1841, he was married to Miss Mary Starman. By this marriage he has had three children, two of whom are now living, one son and one daughter. She died in 1851. In 1852 he ws married to his second, and present, wife, who was Miss Mary Hoeddinghaus. She was born in Germany, June 5, 1884. They have had thirteen children, only three of whom are now living, one son and two daughters. He owns sixty acres of land, in a high state of cultivation, well improved, supplied with fruit, and valuable. He is Democratic in politics, and a member of the Roman Catholic church. He is one of the energetic and enterprsing citizens of the township who have been so conducive to its welfare.

The History of Adams County Illinois, page 780, 1879, Chicago, Murray, Williamson & Phelps

Gerhard Kroner, born March 9, 1816, in Grossendohren, Hanover, emigrated to America in 1840, came by way of New Orleans, and located in Quincy. Where he, in 1841, married Marie Starmann, also born in Hanover. His wife died in 1851, and May 25, 1852, Gerhard Kroner married for the second time, his choice being Marie Hoedinghaus. She was born June 5, 1834, near Paderborn, Westphalia, and came to Quincy in 1851. The family lived immediately south of the city in Melrose Township, where they for many years raised all kinds of garden products. May 25, 1901, the couple celebrated their golden wedding. Both have since died. Children living are: Frank Kroner, dairyman; Josephine, wife of Frank Wiskirchen, and Cecelia, wife of John Wiskirchen, all in Melrose.

Quincy and Adams County, History and Representative Men, Vol 1, page 349
David F Wilcox ed., 1919, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York

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