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 Hans Anliker

Hans Anliker

Bern, Switzerland
Death 31 Aug 1953 (aged 76)
Fairbury, Livingston County, Illinois, USA
Burial Sibley, Ford County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 9791786 · View Source
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One of thirteen children of Johannas and Maria Grodel Anliker, he came to America with his family in the summer of 1891.

He lived a year in Missouri and a year in Iowa. He returned to Sibley, Illinois where in February, 1902 he married Teba von Brethorst of Anchor, IL.

In 1904 the couple purchased a farm four miles east of Sibley where they spent their lives and raised five children.

In Dec. 1908 a disastrous fire destroyed their farm home and nearly killed Hans' mother. But Teba saved her and neighbors helped them rebuild the house and also a new crib and a barn.

Hans was an outstandng yodeler. As he trudged behind his horsedrawn implements planting or harvesting, his happy Swiss yodel could be heard across the fields and was enjoyed by all neighbors. He was a favorite caller for local weekly square dances.

The Pantagraph, September 1, 1953


Sibley - Hans Anliker, 76, a retired farmer and last male member of native Swiss yodelers known for many years for their melodious singing at public gatherings and for their own enjoyment, died at 3:45 p.m. Monday at Fairbury Hospital. He had been at the hospital more than three months.

He was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home at Gibson City. Arrangements are incomplete.

Mr. Anliker was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, March 10, 1877, a son of Johann and Marie Gradel Anliker. The family came to Sibley while he was yet in his teens.

He and his brothers, Fred, John and Nick, had learned the time honored Swiss art of singing and yodeling while in their native country and at times were asked to provide music, sometimes without accompaniment, at various public affairs in Ford County.

Neighbors of Mr. Anliker often could hear him yodeling at great distances as he rode a corn cultivator with only a team of horses for company on his farm east of Sibley.

Probably his last public appearance came at a home talent show in Sibley in 1937. He had heard about modern hillbilly yodelers rehearsing for the show, so he entered the cast alone to show what "real yodeling" sounds like. He sang without accompaniment.

Mr. Anliker and the former Miss Teda Brethorst observed their golden wedding anniversary in February, 1951.

Surviving are his wife: two sons, John, at home, and Seipt, Sibley; three daughters, Mrs. Marie Kerchenfaut, Gibson City, Miss Elise, Chicago, and Mrs. Margaret Webber, Indianapolis, Ind.; eight grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Mary Zingg, Walker, Mo.





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