EDEN, Eilert 1864-1950
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/9/2015 at 14:14:40
Eilert Eden Died Sunday Morning
Eilert Eden, the oldest of Holland's business men, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harm Venenga at 5:30 Sunday morning. He met with an accident last February which resulted in a broken hip. He was taken to the Allen Memorial hospital where he was a patient for two months. He wanted to return home. As there was no place in Holland for him, arrangements were made with Mr. and Mrs. Harm Venenga to take him to their home in Grundy Center where they gave him the best of care up to the time of his death. Because of his advanced years, he never fully recovered from the shock following his accident and he declined gradually until the end came. He was 86 years old on October 23rd.
Was Native of Germany
Eilert Eden was born in Oldenburg, Germany, October 23, 1864. He came to America and to Grundy county in 1890. For several years he was employed on a Grundy county farm. He worked for George and Renco Schmidt several years. He made two trips back to Germany, one in 1894 and next in 1900. He had five brothers in Germany. None of them had any desire to come to this country. One of these brothers is living. He is Eilert's only known relative, as Eilert never married.
Eilert came to Holland about 35 years ago. He owned a small building from which he operated a gas station. He sold Sinclair products over 20 years.
Eilert's was a popular place for oldtimers to get together to talk over the news of the day, both in their neighborhood and in the country. These old friends as well as others were always welcome. The Register reporter called on him every week for years, and found him a great help in getting community news. We know of no one who knew Eilert who didn't like him.
Funeral services were held at the Engelkes funeral home in Grundy Center Tuesday afternoon. The service was conducted by Rev. Henry Petersen. Burial was in the lot in the Holland cemetery. The deceased selected and paid for this lot a number of years ago.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 November 1950, pg 11
Grundy Obituaries maintained by Tammy D. Mount.
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