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LINDAMAN, Henricus 1853-1951


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/10/2015 at 13:15:37

Henricus Lindaman, Oldest Person In County, Dies

Henricus Lindaman, oldest person in Grundy county, died at his home in Wellsburg about 5:30 Friday morning. Had he lived until next September 21st he would have been 98 years old.

Mr. Lindaman carried his advanced years well. He suffered two severe accidents the past three years which resulted in a broken hip bone. He had no more than recovered from the effects of one broken hip until he fell at his home the second time and broke a bone in the other hip. Since that time he was unable to leave his home but his health remained good and his mind remained clear until the last two weeks of his life. He passed away in his sleep while two of his children were seated by his bedside.

54 years of his long lifetime Mr. Lindaman resided on his farm in German township. Thirty years ago he and his wife moved to Wellsburg. Mr. Lindaman was married three times. His first wife and the mother of all of the children died in 1911. His subsequent marriage were to Mrs. John DeVries and Mary Lolwing, both of whom are dead. The last wife died seven years ago. He remained in his home in Wellsburg and one or more of his children were with him. Six years ago, Mr. Lindaman came into the home of his daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Spieker, who constantly ministered to his comforts during the latter years of his life.

Funeral Services Monday
Funeral services were held on Monday at the home at 12 o'clock and later at the Wellsburg Reformed church. The services were conducted by Rev. Edward Jurgens. There was a very large attendance at the church service. Burial was by the side of the wife and mother in the Evangelical Reformed cemetery in German township. The casketbearers were grandsons: Harley and Woodrow Lindaman, Roger Peters, Al Spieker, Arnold Lindaman and Henry Riekens.

Music at the church service was by LaVonne Harrenstein, Lila Lee Lindaman and Marjorie Harrenstein. Marcella Neessen was accompanist.

Stores Close
All places of business in the town of Wellsburg were closed from 12:30 until the conclusion of the services at the church. Among the hundreds who attended the funeral services were members of the Grundy county board of supervisors and other county officials.

Came to Grundy County 84 Years Ago
Henricus Lindaman was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Berend Lindaman, who came to Grundy county and settled on a farm in German township 84 years ago. This couple had six sons. All of them are now dead. Henricus was the second oldest of the sons. The six sons of this family were John, Henricus, Jacob, Henry, William and Ben. Four of the first named sons were born in Eastfriesland, Germany. The other two were born in Illinois. The family came to America in 1862. They came over in a sailing vessel and it took them six weeks to cross the Atlantic. They settled on a farm near Forreston, Ill., where they remained five years. In 1867 they came to Iowa and settled on a farm in German township. The trip from Forreston was made in a covered wagon and it took the family over two weeks to get here. The same distance is now covered with a car in a half day.

Log House First Home of the Family
The Lindaman family when they came to Grundy county settled on an 80-acre farm which was then the Wm. Lindaman farm a mile south of the Dekker church. Two years later they moved to a larger farm to the original Berend Lindaman farm in German township which remained the home of this pioneer couple until all of the sons were married, when they moved into a house on the H. B. Lindaman farm where they spent the remainder of their lives. Mother Lindaman died June 1898 at the age of 73; Berend Lindaman died in April 1911 at the age of 91. This pioneer farmer was a hard worker and a good manager and had acquired a farm for each of the sons before his death.

The first home of the Lindaman family was a log house without a floor, but ample ventilation. In the wintertime during a snowstorm the beds in the morning were covered with a layer of snow. They had few neighbors. None of whom are still living.

400 Descendants From This Family
There is no accurate record of the number of descendants of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Berend Lindaman. The estimate is close to 400, which is an outstanding record. Four of the sons had a total of 42 children. John had 8, Henricus and Henry each had 12, and Will had 8. The only record of descendants available are those of the family of Henricus Lindaman. From this family of twelve children, ten of whom are living, there are 34 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, for a total of 90. The great-great-grandchild is Pauline, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred VanderWerf of German township.

Family History
Henricus Lindaman and Talea Schutjer were married in Grundy county in 1876, and to this union were born 12 children, six sons and six daughters. One son died in infancy and one daughter, Fannie, died when about 28 years old. Ben, the oldest son of Henricus Lindaman, married Anna DeVries and to them were born two children. George, the second son, married Lena Meyer and this union is blessed with four children. Martha, the oldest daughter, married Dick Riekens, and to this union were born four children. Ella, the second daughter, married Jerry Spieker and to this union were born three children. John, the third son, married Lilly Fricken, and they are the parents of two children.

Fannie, the third daughter, married Robert Niebruegge. This union was broken by Fannie's death in 1918. Jake, the fourth son, married Amelia Rixmann and to this union were born two children. Tillie, the fourth daughter, married John Gronevelt and to this union were born two children.

Reka, the fifth daughter, married J. C. E. Niebruegge and this union was blessed with four children. Hannah, the sixth daughter, married Fred Peters and to this union were born two children. William, the youngest son, married Ida Riebkes and they are the parents of one child.

Owned 762 Acres of Land
Henricus Lindaman owned 762 acres of land at the time of his death. He started with a small farm and continued to add to his holdings as his finances permitted. Like his father, he believed in paying for what he bought and to hold what he purchased. All but 202 acres of his land is in Grundy county. He has one farm in Hardin county. He paid prices for his land ranging from $40 to $356 an acre. The peak price was paid for 40 acres which was purchased during the land boom following the first World war.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 February 1951, pg 1, 7


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