|Birth: ||May 5, 1850|
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1935|
Juergen Harms Dies on Tuesday Morning - Native of Germany, But had Lived in Illinois for 81 Years - Funeral Will be Friday - Services to be Conducted at the Home at 2:30 p.m With Burial at Benson (Woodford Co, Illinois).
Juergen Harms, born in Germany, but a resident of Illinois for 81 years, died at his home in this city on Tuesday morning of high blood pressure and kidney trouble. He took suddenly sick while on a trip at Mascoutah, Ill., and his sons came from Rochelle to bring him home. He was 85 years old, and over.
Services will be conducted at the home in Minonk Friday at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Paul Buchmueller of St Paul's Evangelical church and burial will be in the Benson cemetery. Grandsons will act as pallbearers.
Mr Harms was a son of Harm Harms and Mrs Fanny Eckhoff Harms and was born in Ostfriesland, Germany, on May 2, 1850, coming to America with his parents when he was four years old. They settled in Monroe county, Illinois, and during the 81 years since that time, Mr Harms had lived in Illinois.
He came to Benson in 1872 and in that year built the first business house there, and in the spring of 1873, he and George Kirschner opened Benson's first store. He continued in business there for 35 years, his partners after Mr Kirschner being, in turn, his brother Henry Harms, and then Anton G. Jacobs, Henry Woltzen and Simon Woltzen.
Mr and Mrs Harms moved to Rochelle in 1902, and remained there five years, moving to Minonk in December of 1907, and this city had since been his home.
He was married in Benson on Dec. 12, 1874, to Miss Johanna Woltzen, who died in Minonk on July 20, 1931.
Surviving are the following children, of the eleven born: H. E. Harms, H. T. Harms Edward J. Harms, Herman A. Harms, Theodore E. Harms of Rochelle; Mrs George Miller of Dana; Mrs Henry Behm, of Niles, Mich., and Mrs Robert Witte, of Minonk. Three children died in infancy. There also survive one sister, Mrs Edward Woltzen, of Roanoke; 23 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Mr Harms was a man of progressive, enterprising spirit. He raised a large family, all of whom he could well feel proud. Facing the hard conditions of his earlier years, he met them bravely and conquered them. The life of such a man is a history in itself and an inspiration to much of the helplessness of today. He was a grand man to remember.
Johanne Woltzen Harms (1859 - 1931)
Gesina S Harms (1878 - 1878)*
Ede Juergen Harms (1887 - 1943)*
Margaret Harms Behm (1896 - 1994)*
Marie Catherine Harms Witte (1900 - 1995)*
Clayton Township Cemetery
Created by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Record added: Jan 09, 2004
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