PRIMUS, Hildert K. 1824-1915
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 12/26/2016 at 10:18:56
Grundy Pioneer Dies At Wellsburg
H. Primus dies at Age of 90
Lived In Grundy County 50 Years
H. Primus, one of the oldest, if not the oldest man in Grundy county, died at his home at Wellsburg last Thursday night from general debility due to old age. Mr. Primus was 91 years, 3 months and 19 days old at the time of his death. Mr. Primus came to Grundy county fifty years ago and from that time until the time of his death he made his home continuously in Grundy county.
The deceased was born in Campen, Germany. He was married in the country of his birth and in the year 1856 he and his family came to this country. They located first at Shaboygan, Wis., where they resided but a short time when they moved to Stevenson county, Illinois. Here they lived until 1865 when the family moved to Grundy county, Ia. Mr. Primus bought a farm in Shiloh township, broke it up and improved it and this farm continued to be his home for nearly fifty years.
Mr. Primus is survived by two sons and three daughters and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The surviving children are Claas, Mrs. A. G. Geerdes of Wellsburg, Mrs. Isebrands of George, Mrs. J. B. Janssen and Ben Primus of Shiloh township. Mr. Primus' wife died three years ago after the aged couple had passed their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
There was a large attendance at the funeral, many of Mr. Primus' old friends and neighbors going to pay the last respects to their highly respected friend and neighbor.
Mr. Primus came to Grundy county with the older families of this section. Along with him came "Uncle" Eitens, an early settler. Other old families who came about the time he did were the Geerdes, the Huisman, the Jasper and the Riekena families and others.
He was a man who deserved and received the respect of his fellowmen, and his passing is cause of sorrow to many of the residents of Shiloh and adjoining townships.
The funeral was in charge of J. C. Doyen & Son, who made all arrangements for the observance of the last rites.
Rev. Hoefker preached the funeral sermon and spoke the last solemn words at the grave.
--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 27 May 1915, pg 1
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