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SIERKS, Hans P. 1858-1939


Posted By: Ida CC
Date: 1/6/2016 at 09:45:44

Surname: Sierks
Town: Galva
Obituary: Hans Peter Sierks died Monday afternoon at 12:15 in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Chester Carlson, near Pilot Mound following a short illness. He had arrived at the old age of 80 years, 5 months, 26 days. Born Sept. 1, 1858 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, he came to this country early in life. On Sept. 1, 1891 he was married to Julia A. Hochstrasser at Lake Park, Minn. and in 1894 they moved to Galva, Iowa. There they lived until 1923 when they moved to Gowrie, living with their only child, P.A. Sierks. They moved here with the Sierks family and here deceased's wife died May 21, 1928. Mr. Sierks was confirmed in the
German Lutheran Church and was a member of that church for many years.

Later he transferred his membership to the Methodist Church at Galva and was a member when he died.

Surviving relatives are the son, a sister, Mrs. Anna
Christensen, Walnut, IL., and a brother, Peter H. Sierks, Round Lake, Minn.

During the time the family lived here, Mr. Sierks was regarded by all as a very fine man and he had made many friends in the community. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at one o'clock in a funeral parlor at Pilot Mound and in the Methodist Church in Stratford at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Paul R. Johnson, the pastor, in charge. Interment was in Oakwood

Additional Information: Spouse of Hans: Julia Ann Hochstrasser, b. Oct 9, 1853, Wyoming, Stark Co, IL. D. May 21, 1928, Stratford, IA.

Hans & Julia Sierks lived most of their married life in Galva, IA, from 1894-1923/4. There they raised their only child, Peter August Sierks.

Their home was not far from Main St. Hans' occupation: various odd jobs - As a carpenter, he worked for about 20 to 30 cents an hour according to his notebook. He also worked as a meatcutter.

Their only child, Peter August Sierks was born Aug. 4, 1892 in Pine River, Cass Co, MN. & died Mar 22, 1955, Roswell, NM. As a teenager, Peter was one of the 1st in the small town of Galva, to own a car, and as a teen, he worked in a garage.

He was unable to enlist in World War I. Occupation: Worked in the Galva & Stratford area for the Chicago

Northwestern Railroad. He was a telegraph operator for the Santa Fe Railroad in New Mexico from 1940 till just before his death. He was a very active member of the Masonic Lodge in Stratford, IA, where he was pastmaster. In Roswell, he was a member of the First Methodist Church. Peter died in an Albuquerque hospital in NM. He had been a patient at the hospital 6 months prior to his death. His daughter, Mayola Sierks Carlson,

had been down visiting him when he died. Peter had ephysema & lung cancer-the doctors couldn't take out one of the lungs because Peter wouldn't have been able to breath off the other lung since he already had

ephysema in the that lung.

Funeral services were held for him at the Ballard Chapel at 2:30 pm, with Austin H. Dillon, Pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating. The casket bearers were Ted Curry, Charley Rounds, Everett Donohue, Elmer Swanson, Jack Mace, and Red Lassen.

Peter & his wife, Elsie raised their children in the Galva, IA vicinity. Married to: Elsie May Martin, b. Jun 7, 1894 in Walnut Grove, Missouri. They married on Jul 1, 1916 in Sioux City, IA. Died in 1964 at age 70.

Elsie grew up in the Galva area. She was the daughter of Harvey Jerome Martin & Minnie Mae Richardson. Children:

1) Mayola Arlene Sierks, b. Apr 28, 1917, Moville, IA

2) Vivian Sierks, b. Jun 29, 1918,

3) Raymond "Jack" Sierks, b. Apr 20, 1922,

4) Norma Jean Sierks,b. Mar 5, 1930,


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