|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1860|
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 1947|
Christopher Bendix, was a native of Prussia, having been born about ten miles from the city of Mecklenburg, Dec. 16, 1860, a son of Andrew and Anna Marie (Hess) Bendix. His parents were married in 1846, and came to the United States in 1871, bringing with them their family of three children, of whom Christopher Bendix was the youngest. They came direct to Iowa, locating in the city of Burlington, where Andrew immediately secured employment at his trade as a carpenter. He continued to reside there for twenty years, but moved to Union township in the spring of 1895, to live with his son.
Mr. Bendix early had the advantage of good training in the schools of his native country, and later in the German schools of Burlington; but when only fourteen years of age was obliged by circumstances to quit school and begin work to aid in the support of the family. He first worked in the basket factory at Burlington, after which he spent three years as a farm hand. He then returned to the city to take a position in the Union depot, whence he was transferred at the end of one year to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy roundhouse. Here he worked for a period of fourteen years as a machinist, the first three years of that time being devoted to learning the trade. In 1894, he purchased a farm in Union township, consisting of sixty-three acres of excellent farming land, and moved there in 1895, where he farmed and raised hogs for the market.
April 19, 1883, Mr. Bendix wedded Miss Matilda Schwab, who was born in Switzerland, and came to America at the age of sixteen years, making her home in Burlington. To their union have been born five children: Walter Wernhard, Leslie Andrew, Goldie Malinda, Raymond Carl Albert, and Elsie Marie Matilda. Mr. and Mrs. Bendix and their children were members of Saint Lucas' Lutheran church.
Fraternally, he identified with Red Cross Lodge, No. 242 and Ancient Order United Workmen
Having been elected to the office of director of public schools in 1897. He occupied that position for three years.
Obituary from The Hawkeye Gazette Friday Feb 14, 1947 pg 2
Christ Bendix, 86, of 1431 S. 7th Street, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
He was born in Germany, Dec. 18, 1860, and came to Burlingon in 1871, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bendix. In 1883, He married Matilda Schwob in Burlington. She died Mar. 19, 1945. Bendix formerly farmed in the present IOP area and was a member of St. Luke's Evangelical & Reformed church.
Surviving are 2 sons, Leslie A. and Raymond A.C., one daughter, Mrs. Harry Hudgel, all of Burlington; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Two sisters, a son and a daughter are dead.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Burnet Wallen funeral home. Burial will be in Shiloh cemetery.
Andreas Bendix (1825 - 1906)
Anna Marie Hess Bendix (1828 - 1875)
Mathilda Schwab Bendix (1862 - 1945)*
Walter W Bendix (1884 - 1935)*
Leslie Andrew Bendix (1888 - 1954)*
Stella Melinda Goldie Bendix (1894 - 1913)*
Raymond Albert Carl Bendix (1900 - 1981)*
Elsie Marie Matilda Bendix Hudgel (1903 - 1972)*
Des Moines County
Created by: dirk bailey
Record added: Jan 19, 2008
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