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HARKEN, Sarah 1853-1930


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/25/2016 at 08:38:24

Obituary of Mrs. I. K. Harken

After a lingering illness, lasting more than a year, Mrs. I. K. Harken, nee Sarah W. Brass, passed away at her home in Ackley, Iowa on Thursday afternoon, July 17, 1930. She was born on May 8, 1853 at Hamswehrum, Eastfriesland, Germany, thus reaching an age of 77 years, two months and nine days. She bore her illness patiently and without complaint.

In October 1872 she came from Germany to Freeport, Ill., later living at Dixon, Lee county. In October 1874, she was united in marriage to Isebrandt K. Harken. Their home was blessed with thirteen children, eight sons and five daughters.

In 1880 they came to Iowa, and moved to the farm south of Austinville, now occupied by her son, Eno. There they lived until March 1917, when she with her husband and daughter, Anna, came to Ackley, enjoying a much earned rest after years of constant labor. Their united lives continued fifty-three years; he passed away in November 1926. One son, Claas, also preceded her in death in November 1923.

Deceased was a member of Westfriesland Presbyterian church. As long as she was able she faithfully attended the services. As a charter member of the Ladies Aid society, for which she worked diligently, she will be greatly missed. Funeral service was held last Sunday P.M., conducted by the pastor, Henry Johnson, assisted by Rev. Geo. Bonte. Many relatives and friends had come for the solemn occasion. Her remains were laid to rest next to that of her husband.

Those surviving her are her children, William of Wellsburg, Raymond and John of Aplington, Mrs. Riekena and Eno of Austinville, Ahme of Iowa Falls, Mrs. Venno Janssen, Mrs. Ben Stubbe, Mrs. Rudolph Abbas, Ubbe, Isebrandt and Anna of Ackley, one brother, W. E. Brass of Rushmore, Minn., forty grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and many other relatives.

--Ackley World-Journal (Ackley, Iowa), 24 July 1930, pg 2


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