Dec. 10, 1954 La Harpe Hancock County Illinois, USA
Daughter of John and Magdalena Gerken Brandt, Kate married Rudolph Helmers on Jan. 4, 1907. He died suddenly in 1908.
They had one daughter, Viola (Sutton) who also died young of tuberculosis. Kate raised her grandchildren.
Kate was an avid horsewoman and interior decorator. She was also caretaker for the Public Library and the Country Club. She died while firing up the furnace of the Saddle Club as she was about to go for a ride.