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Bierbaum, John F. 1834 - 1905


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 6/12/2021 at 16:39:47

Elkader Register, Thur., 18 May 1905. Garnavillo column.

John F. Bierbaum was born June 5th, 1834, in Hanover, Germany. At the age of thirteen he journeyed to America with his parents. They landed in New Orleans and from there went to Guttenberg on a steamboat. For some time he remained with his parents who lived in the neighborhood of Garnavillo. Later he took his abode on a farm about four miles north of town, in Clayton twp., where he remained until 1898, when he moved to Monona. In 1856 he married Justine Berens, who died Mar. 2nd, 1871. Eight children were born to them, viz, Elizabeth, married to George Jenkins, residing in Monona; Marie, living in Manly; Lucy and Florentine at home; Margaret, married to Mr. Schulte, residing in Manly; and Sophia, Henry and Louisa, deceased. In 1872 he married Susanna Fettler. Three children were born to this union, viz: Frederick, living on his father's farm, Albert, residing at Guttenberg, and Oscar, deceased. On the 22nd of February, 1897 death once more deprived him of his wife. His third marriage was to Louina Seitzberg, who survives him. Mr. Bierbaum enjoyed good health until last December when he became afflicted with an incurable disease. He died May 8th, 1905, at 2:40 a.m. Besides those mentioned there are two brothers, Gerhard at Ceres, and Christopher at Monona, one sister, Mrs. Ziegler, of Monona, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive. A brief service was held at Monona Tuesday when his remains were taken to the old home near Garnavillo and on Thursday the funeral was held at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Rev. Mr. Braun conducting the service. There were many beautiful floral offerings. These and the large attendance testified to the high esteem in which the departed was held by all. He was a man of honor and of high character and his death is a great loss to the family and community. The interment was in the Garnavillo cemetery.

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Elkader Register, Thur., 18 May 1905. Monona column.

Died.- At his home in Monona, May 7th, John Frederick Bierbaum, aged 70 years, 11 months and 2 days. Mr. Bierbaum was born in Hanover, Germany, June 5th, 1834. He came to the United States in 1847, landing at New Orleans, thence by steamer to Guttenberg, in this county. He was eight years on the homestead farm in Garnavillo township, when he purchased a farm of 202 acres in Clayton Township, where he resided until the removal of the family to Monona, in 1899, which has since been their residence. He was married June 16th, 1856, to Justice Burns, of Hanover, Germany. Eight children were born to this union. She died March 2nd, 1871. Feb'y 8, 1872, he was married to Susan Mettler, a native of Switzerland. To this union two children were born. Again affliction came in the death of Mrs. Susan Bierbaum. March 3rd, 1898, at Elkader, he was united in marriage to Luine Seitzberg, who with the children survives him. Mr. Bierbaum was a man of steady, industrious habits, a citizen highly respected. He was a devoted and earnest member of the Lutheran church. In politics he generally voted the democratic ticket, though not not adverse to a personal choice in local and county matters. A good man he meant well and lived a well spent life. A large family circle mourn his death. A faithful, true husband, a kind and indulgent parent, and honorable citizen passes to the promised reward for well doing. A brief funeral service was held at the residence on Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Graening. The remains were taken to the old homestead where services were conducted by Rev. Braun, pastor of the Garnavillo Lutheran church today. Burial in Garnavillo Cemetery. Members of the family, his brothers and relatives, besides a number of personal friends, accompanied the remains to their final resting place. The family have the sympathy of the community in their irreparable loss.

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