George Heinrich “Henry” Benjegerdes

George Heinrich “Henry” Benjegerdes

Death 11 Jun 1941 (aged 93)
Plymouth County, Iowa, USA
Burial Remsen, Plymouth County, Iowa, USA
Plot Block 2 East, Row 10, Lot 62, Stone H
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Biographical Sketch taken from The History of Plymouth County by W. S. Freeman, 1917.

George Henry Benjegerdes, one of the best-known and most substantial pioneer farmers of Plymouth county and owner of a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres in Marion township, is a native of the state of Illinois, but has been a resident of Iowa since he was five years of age and of Plymouth county since 1874. He was born on a farm in Washington county, Illinois, December 3?, 1847, son of Dietrich Benjegerdes and wife, natives of Germany, who settled in Illinois in 1843.
Dietrich Benjegerdes and his wife left their native Oldenburg in 1843 and came to the United States, proceeding West and settling in Washington county, Illinois, where the former died in 1848, leaving his wife with five small children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the fifth in order of birth, the others being as follows: Dietrich, who became a well-known resident of Clayton county, this state, married a Miss Walker, after whose death he married Christina Hentges; Frederick, a veteran of the Civil War; who served for three years as a member of an Iowa regiment, later locating at Manly, this state, becoming a well-to-do farmer and merchant there, where he died in 1915; John, also of Manly, a farmer, who died in 1893, and one daughter, who died in her early youth. The mother of these children, after the death of her husband, came to Iowa in 1852 to make her home with the family of her late husband's brother, Fred Benjegerdes, in Clayton county and there she later married George High, a former soldier in the German army, who had come to this country and located in Clayton county, this state, where she spent the rest of her life.
George H. Benjegerdes was but a child when he moved to Clayton county with his mother and stepfather and there he grew to manhood, remaining on the home farm until his marriage in the fall of 1874, when he came to Plymouth county with his bride and established his home in Marion township, where he has resided ever since, thus being one of the pioneers of that part of the country. Upon coming to this county Mr. Benjegerdes bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in section 27 of Marion township and by the first of April of the succeeding year had a small house, fourteen by sixteen, built on the same and ready for occupancy. He brought with him sufficient nursery stock with which to start a grove on his place and shrubbery around the house and in due time had a fine grove and one of the best-improved farms in that part of the country. He suffered, in common with all the pioneers of this section of the state, during the grasshopper visitations; but was able to tide over the losses sustained during those years and presently began to see his way clear and in time increased his land holdings until now he is the owner of a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres, with a substantial residence and commodious farm buildings. In addition to his general farming, Mr. Benjegerdes has ever given considerable attention to the raising of high-grade live stock and in the latter line has done very well, his present specialties in live stock being thoroughbred Hereford cattle and Duroc-Jersey hogs. In his political views Mr. Benjegerdes is "independent," reserving his vote for such candidates as are in his opinion best qualified for the performance of the duties of the office to which they aspire. He has given close attention to local civic affairs for many years and has served the public in the capacity of township trustee and as township assessor.
It was on September 3, 1874, in Clayton county, this state, that George H. Benjegerdes was united in marriage to Anna Meyer, who was born in that county, a daughter of Louis and Anna (Werges) Meyer, natives of Germany, the former of Prussia and the latter of Hanover, who came to this country with their respective parents in the days of their youth, the two families settling in Ohio, where they were married, coming thence, about 1849, to Iowa and settling in Clayton county, where Louis Meyer spent the rest of his life, for sixty-five years a continuous resident of the farm he took upon locating there, his death occurring in 1914, and where his widow is still living, being now at the age of eighty-one years. Louis Meyer was a member of the German Evangelical church, as is his widow, and their children, eight of whom are still living, those besides Mrs. Benjegerdes being as follows: Minnie, who lives at Monroe, this state; William, of Clayton county; May, of Manly, this state; Fred, living at Postville, this state; Louise of Manly; Charles, who is living on the old home place in Clayton county, and Elizabeth, who is living at Manly.
To George H. and Anna (Meyer) Benjegerdes seven children have been born, namely, Louis, who died at the age of eleven years; Mary, who married Charles Martin, now living at Garretson, South Dakota, and has three children, Henry, Ella and Dietrich; Lena, who is living in Worth county, this state; Anna, who married Charles Harnack, of Garretson, and has one child, a daughter, Lillian; Minnie, who is at home with her parents; Dietrich, who received his education at the College for the Blind at Vinton, where he was in attendance for nearly eight years and where he became an accomplished musician, the harp being the instrument of his special choice, though he is a skilled performer on numerous other musical instruments, and William, who is assisting in the management of the home farm. The Benjegerdes are members of St. Paul's German Evangelical Lutheran church and take a warm interest in the affairs of the parish, as well as in the general social activities of the community in which they live, ever helpful factors in the promotion of the movements having to do with the advancement of the common welfare thereabout. It is a matter of interesting note that this is the only family of the name of Benjegerdes in Plymouth county and one of the few families of that name in this country.

HY. BENJEGEREDES RITES WILL BE WEDNESDAY. Henry Benjegerdes, a well known and long time resident of Marion township, passed away at his home Monday morning.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock from the home and from St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church in Remsen. Interment will be in the Remsen cemetery. - Le Globe Post, June 16, 1941, page 3.

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G.H. Benjegerdes Nonagenarian Answers Call. Pioneer of Marion Township Passes Away Monday.
George H. Benjegerdes, on of the oldest men in Plymouth county, and resident here for sixty-seven years, died at his home in Marion township at an early hour Monday morning. He had attained the age of ninety-three years and was hale and hearty until recently.
Mr. Benjegeredes was born in Washington county, Ill, and came with his parents to Iowa, when four years old. His parents were among early settlers in Clayton county where he grew up and was married to Anna Meyer, September 3, 1874.
Following their marriage the young couple came to Le mars and took up land in Marion township where they have resided ever since.
Seven children were born to them, Louis, who died when eleven years old, Mrs. Charles Martin, Garretson, S.D., Lena, Anna, Minnie, Dietrich and William.
He is survived by his wife and five children.
Mr. Benjegerdes was widely known in the county through his long residence and was respected and esteemed by all who knew him.
The funeral services will be held Wednesday from the home at 1 o'clock with services in St. Paul's Lutheran church in Remsen with Rev. Paul Wuebben, pastor of the church, officiating. - Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, June 17, 1941.

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Death Calls Grand Old Remsen Man. G. H. Benjegerdes Answers Summons at Home Early Monday.
In the death of George Henry Benjegerdes, who passed away at his beautiful farm home southwest of Remsen early Monday at the age of 93 years, the Remsen community lost one of its outstanding members; his passing a source of regret among hundreds as it is a sorrowful loss to an excellent family. Surviving are his sorrowing widow, one son and four daughters.
Mr. Benjegerdes had been in failing health for several years and on June 10, this year, he contracted a severe cold which developed into complications which, due to his age, he was unable to successfully combat despite excellent medical attention and loving family care. He passed away in his home Monday morning at 2:45 o’clock, with his faithful wife and other members of the family at his bedside.
George Henry Benjegerdes was born on a farm near Danville, Washington county, Ill., on December 30, 1847. At the age of five years, with his mother and an uncle, he came a resident of Clayton county, Iowa, the family settling on a farm near the town of Garnavillo, where he spent his childhood and youth. It was there on September 3, 1874, he was united in marriage to Anna Meyer, also a resident of Garnavillo, and the couple came to Plymouth county in the spring of 1875. On reaching Plymouth county they picked the farm which still is the family home and where he spent these 66 years as one of the community’s foremost in the estimation of his neighbors and the many others with whom he came in contact.
To this union seven children were born. Ludwig died at the age of 11 years and William died at the age of 28 years.
The living children, who with their mother mourn the loss of their excellent father, are: Mrs. Charles (Mary) Martens of Garretsen, S.D.; Lena, of Manley, Iowa; Mrs. C. H. (Anna) Harnack, Garretsen; and Minnie and Dick, at home. There are five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Mr. Benjegerdes, although always deeply interested in civic and other affairs of the day, local and national, was a man of quiet disposition and one who preferred the love and comforts of home and family circle to preferment in public life. Possessed of a deep sense of religious duty however, he was outstandingly active in affairs concerning his church, which was the Evangelical Lutheran. He was one of the prim leaders in the organization of St. Paul’s congregation here in 1884—57 years ago—and throughout the succeeding years was one of its ardent supporters and devout communicant members. For many years he was an officer of the congregation, holding the position of chairman, but seven years ago he retired in favor of younger leadership although he remained steadfast in his interest. His home life was exceptionally happy, due largely to his Christian characteristics, and his excellent family is a fitting monument to his memory and as well to the credit of his faithful and loving wife.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in St. Paul’s church, with the pastor, Rev. Paul Wuebben, conducting the sacred rites. Burial was in the Remsen cemetery. Serving as pall bearers were I.H. Schulte, Walter L. Lang, John Nilles, Henry Meyer, Henry Luken and Louis Mohning. – Remsen Bell-Enterprise, June, 19, 1941, page 1, column 5 and page 5, column 5.



Gravesite Details Lot 62 purchased by Henry Benjegerdes on April 1, 1897.

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