HARBERTS, Dirk J. 1842-1915
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/28/2017 at 09:02:41
Another Pioneer Gone
Dirk Harberts Death Took Place on Tuesday
Came To County 45 Years Ago
The death of Dirk Harberts which took place at 12:10 Tuesday afternoon removed another one of this county's early settlers from among us. Mr. Harberts came to this county forty-five years ago and he was a continuous resident here up to the time of his death. Coming here as a young man Mr. Harberts located on a farm. By hard work and good management he prospered and this prosperity brought to him a fair share of this world's goods. Eleven years ago Mr. Harberts decided to remove himself from active life on the farm and he and Mrs. Harberts moved to Grundy Center where they have since resided.
Mr. Harberts was born in East Friesland, Germany and at the time of his death he was 73 years and four days old. He left his native land when a very young man and for a time he located near Freeport, Ill., and from that place in 1870 he removed to Grundy to make this his permanent home.
Mr. Harberts during the largest share of his life enjoyed the best of health. About nine months ago he became afflicted with yellow jaundice and from the beginning of his illness to the end he failed gradually.
Funeral service will be held at the home at twelve o'clock Friday, at Drake's church in Colfax township at two o'clock. Mr. Harberts was one of the charter members of Drake's church and during his life time was one of its most earnest and generous supporters. He was for many years one of the elders of the church. The services will be in charge of Dr. J. E. Drake.
Mr. Harberts is survived by a wife and nine children, seven of whom are sons and the remainder are daughters. The names of the children follows: Jurn, from George; Fred, from Bemis; George, of Waverly, Minn.; Rev. William of Lancaster, Wis.; Ralph, Dick, John, Mrs. Harve Bockes and Mrs. C. D. Stackhour from this county.
--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 14 October 1915, pg 1
Dirk Harberts was born Oct. 8, 1842, at Rizum, Ostfriesland, Germany, and passed away at his home in Grundy Center, Iowa, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1915, at the age of 73 years and 4 days.
Mr. Harberts grew to young manhood in his native country, landing in America during the year 1868 and settling first near Oregon, Illinois. He lived in Illinois for three years, coming to Grundy county and settling on a farm in Colfax township, in March 1871. Colfax township and Grundy Center have since been his home, covering a period of forty-four years.
Mr. Harberts was united in marriage on Jan. 9, 1871, to Miss Gertje Veenker. To this union eleven children were born, of which number, seven boys and two girls, are living and were present for the funeral service. Two children died in their early years. The surviving children are J. D., of George, Iowa; Fred, of Bemis, S.D.; Rev. Wm., of Lancaster, Wis.; George, of Waverly, Minn.; Ralph, Dick and John, of Grundy county, Mrs. H. M. Bockes, southwest Palermo township, and Mrs. C. D. Stackhour, of Stout.
Mr. Harberts was long a member of the German Presbyterian church and forty-four years ago he helped organize what is now known as the Drake church, one of the strongest country churches in this part of the state. A year after the organization Mr. Harberts was given the honor of an eldership in the church, which position he filled till his death.
For the past ten years Mr. Harberts had been a citizen of Grundy Center, owning his home and a small tract of land on Depot street. The old homestead in Colfax township is being farmed by two of the boys, Ralph and John.
The funeral service was held from the late home Friday noon, Oct. 15, Rev. Drake officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Drake cemetery near the church he had helped to found and which he loved.
Mr. Harberts is survived by Mrs. Harberts, nine children, one brother, and twenty-one grandchildren, besides a large number of friends and old neighbors.
--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 October 1915, pg 5
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