LAMKEN, John 1835-1924
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Date: 3/11/2015 at 08:25:46
Beaman Pioneer Dies
John Lamken, a pioneer resident of southwest Grundy, died at his home at Beaman last Wednesday from the infirmities of old age. He was 89 years old on his last birthday.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. J. J. Snyder were held at the Methodist church in Beaman last Friday. The pallbearers were H. C. Miller, I. R. Schnebly, P. T. Evans, B. M. Crookshank, George Contes and W. S. Walter. He is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter and two brothers. Those who attended the services from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brown, of Dixon, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Conrad, of Austin, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Lounsberry, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Taddiken, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Hurlbutt, Mrs. Rastmus, Jacob Conrad, Will Conrad and Fred Conrad, all of Conrad. Interment was in Oakland cemetery.
John Lamken was born at Hanover, Germany, April 27, 1835, and died at his home near Beaman on Wednesday morning, May the 7th, 1924, aged 89 years and 10 days.
He came to America when a young man, continuing his journey until he arrived at Dixon, Ill. Here he met and married his present wife, Miss Julis Satorius, in October, 1863. In the year 1884 they sold their home in Illinois and came to a farm which they purchased one mile north of Beaman. They resided there until 1896 when they moved to their present home south of Beaman, where they have resided ever since.
To them were born four children, Henry, who died Oct. 18, 1910; John, of Greene, New York; George, who resides at home, and Mrs. Helen Conrad, of Austin, Minnesota.
Besides his wife and children he is survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, two brothers, George, of Gladbrook, and Henry, of Beaman, and one other brother and four sisters who have preceded him in death.
He was confirmed in the Lutheran church in Germany, receiving the religious train which his church provided for its young members. His was a frank and cordial nature which won friends and held them, for he exemplified the golden rule in all his transactions. He was a faithful and devoted husband, a kind and loving father and the noble characteristics of his blameless life will live in the memory of his loved ones and his many friends and neighbors who so much admired him for his youthfulness and kindly council.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 May 1924, pg 6
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