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BOVEN, Heiko 1850-1921


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/4/2012 at 13:07:36

Death of Heiko Henry Boven

Passed Away After Few Months Illness at Ripe Old Age

Mr. H. H. Boven passed away early Monday forenoon, May 30th, 1921, at the Deaconess hospital, Marshalltown, to which place he had gone a few days before for an examination as to his physical condition.

He submitted to an operation in the hopes of receiving permanent relief, but his condition was such that but little could be done for him, and he passed away as stated.

Heiko Henry Boven was born March 26th, 1850, in Midwolda Province, Groningen, Netherlands, and at the time of his death was aged 71 years, 2 months and 4 days.

When a young man he served for five years in the standing army of his native county and five years in the reserves.

In the fall of 1883 he emigrated to America and came direct to Grundy Center, and this vicinity has been his home ever since. For about four years he worked for others at farming, and on March 3rd, 1887, he was married at Lincoln Center, this county, to Miss Martje Bruns.

To this union seven children were born. One son died in infancy, and another son, Henry, died Feb. 28th, 1920. The living children are: Dirk and John, living at the home place, Franz and Dorothy at home, and Mrs. Ray Hawn of this city. There are also ten grandchildren, one sister living in South Dakota and a brother and sister living in Netherlands.

Following his marriage he rented farm lands for a few years when he purchased of E. A. Lillibridge the 200 acres known as the old Hunting farm, four miles southwest of this city. He also farmed an additional 160 acres continuously for twenty-one years.

When he came to this country Mr. Boven had but little of this world's goods, but by hard work, strict economy and good management he had accumulated sufficient to keep his family in comfort and in March, 1920, he and Mrs. Boven moved to a home in this city which he had purchased.

Mr. Boven had always enjoyed good health until about six months previous to his death the inroads of disease began to manifest itself and from which there apparently was no relief.

Short funeral services were held at 1:30 this (Thursday) afternoon at the home, followed by service at the Grundy College, conducted by Rev. W. Bode, president of the college, assisted by Rev. Benbow, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Interment was in the cemetery west of town.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were: John Bruns, Renville, Minn., Jurgen Bruns, Dike, brothers of Mrs. Boven; Mrs. Bertha Boven, a daughter-in-law of Crete, N. D., and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gisler, Renville, Minn., the latter a sister of Mrs. Boven.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for the many acts of kindness shown us in the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.

Mrs. H. H. Boven and children

--newspaper clipping, source unknown


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