The Freeport Journal-Standard 8-8-1921 pg 2 McConnell, Ill.,Aug 6, George Hardel was born in Zempelburg, Germany on May 20, 1836. He was baptized and confirmed in the German Lutheran church of which he was a WM a member all of his life. On January 6, 1860, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Reetz, to this union eight children were born. In 1867, he and his family come to this country settling in New York state and in 1871 came to Stephenson county. Illinois, where he remained ever since, Three sons preceded him to the grave, his wife died four years ago, January 13, he has made his home with his children since then but was not satisfied anywhere because mother was not there, and had many times wished the Lord would call him home. He died August 1, 1921, at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 11 days. He leaves to mourn his loss two sons and three daughters, 37 grand children and 19 great grandchildren. They are Julius F. of Waddams; B. Mrs. Carrie Mantzke of Lena; Mrs. Libbie Rackow of Waddams; George A. of Winslow; and Mrs. Mary Phelps of Sioux Falls; S.D., besides a host of friends. He was a true husband, loving father and an honest citizen, always having the interest of his family at heart. Funeral services were held from the home of Mr. Rackow, Rev. Bahr of Lens preached in German and took his text from Matthew 24-42, watch therefore for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Rev. Coble preached in English. He chose for his text the 83 Psalm. A choir composed of Mrs. Bahr of Lena, Mrs. Rev. Metzker of Springfield, Ohio, Rev. Coble and Mr. Lawver of McConnell sang some very beautiful and appropriate hymns. The pallbearers were H. F. Price, J. A. Holmes, Wm. Lobdell, C. F. Stabenow, Herman Schultz and Aug Schultz. The body was laid to rest in the McConnell cemetery beside his wife, although at rest, but not forgotten.