PRIMUS, Elisabeth 1825-1912
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/21/2015 at 13:22:48
Death Of Grandma Primus
Had Lived On One Farm in County 47 Years
Grandma Primus died at her home in Shiloh township Friday. She was not really sick any length of time but members of the family noticed that the past month she failed more rapidly than formerly. Old age was the cause. The only symptoms of suffering that she showed at any time were manifested the last two days when she had difficulty in breathing. Prior to that time her decline was like that of a flower, which have lived it allotted period of time gradually withers and dies.
Mrs. Primus had a longer residence in this township than any woman who has ever lived here. Together with her husband and family they came to this county and located on the farm in Shiloh township where she died. That was forty-seven years ago.
Mrs. Primus was born in Nordden, Ostfriesland, Germany, Dec. 5th, 1825. That was nearly 87 years ago. She was married at Campen in the same country in the year 1850. With her family she came to this country six years later, locating in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It was here they suffered their first and only death in the family, when a little girl of three died. The family resided in Wisconsin but a short time and from there they moved to Stevenson county, Ill., where they remained until the year '65 when they came to Grundy county.
The deceased is survived by her husband, four children, 31 grandchild and 17 great-grandchildren. The children are Mrs. A. G. Geerdes of Wellsburg, Mrs. Isebrands from George, Mrs. J. B. Janssen and Claas and Ben all living in this county.
The surviving husband who is nearly two years older than his mate of sixty-two years is consoled in his loss by the belief that his following her is but a matter of a short time when there will be a reunion in the land beyond. For the past two years this old couple have been living more in the spiritual life of the future than in the material life of the present and to them death is but the opening of a gate into a better land.
The death of Mrs. Primus breaks a union that continued longer than that of any other couple now residing in this county.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. Hoefker were held at the reformed church west of town Monday afternoon and the very large attendance marked a tribute to the regard in which the deceased was held.
Out of the county parties present at the funeral were Mrs. Bode and granddaughter from Parkersburg, Harm L., George and John Ludeman and Ralph Wessels from Aplington, Mrs. Isebrands and two sons from George and several from Cleves and Steamboat Rock.
--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 March 1912, pg 1
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