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Arens, Frank 1844-1887 & Justina M. Koob Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 10/23/2022 at 16:01:22

Arens, Frank 1844-1887 and Justina M. Koob Family

The life and times of Sioux County pioneers can be read about in several Sioux County books. “The Story of Sioux County” by Charles Dyk gives a very colorful account of pioneer life with its joys and hardships. The book “Siouxland A History of Sioux County” by Nelson Nieuwenhuis gives great historical accounts of the area. The “1908 Sioux County Atlas” also has historical accounts of the various townships of Sioux County and the Alton Centennial Book 1883-1993 for history of Alton.

This biography was compiled by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society and taken from various identified sources.

RESEARCH – From a family report on ancestry.com submitted to public member trees by others, other than the compiler of this biography.

Frank Arens was born 21 Aug 1844 Olm, Canton de Capellen, Luxembourg died 14 Jul 1887 Remsen, Plymouth IA. He was the son of Nicholas ‘Nic’ Arens 1816- died 1879 Jackson County IA and Anna Arensdorf 1821 died 30 Sep 1904 Alton, Sioux county, Iowa. Frank Arens arrived in the USA 9 Jun 1851. Frank Arens married Justina M. Koob 20 Feb 1871 Fort Dodge IA.

Justina M. Koob was born 3 Mar 1852 Angelsberg, Mersch Luxembourg and died 9 Mar 1939 Montrose, Henry County, Missouri. Her parents were not listed in that Ancestry report. Justine arrived in USA in abt 1861. After Frank died Justina Koob Arens married Christopher T. Hentges on 19 Jun 1894 Remsen IA, he was born 29 Sep 1840 Germany and died 27 Apr 1904 Henry Co. Missouri

In search of Justina’s parents, found the 1870 Census of Humboldt County IA. As is typical the inconsistancy of the information shows there may have been some errors. The family of Charles Koob 70 born Holland (Luxembourg) and wife Alice 60, were living at Rutland, Humboldt County IA. Seems coincidental that they had a Justin (male) age 17, (possibly recorded wrong a female), other children were Frank19, Margaret 19, John 15, Katie 12, Annie 10 Shortly after this census in 1870 Justina married Frank Arens 20 Feb 1871 at Fort Dodge Humboldt County Iowa. Also, Justina was reported to have been born in Luxembourg in the ancestry report, this Koob family in the 1870 census came from Holland (error) . However in the 1880 census of Rutland, Humboldt, Iowa, Charles Koob age 80 born Luxembourg, was the father of Katrena ‘Katie’ Koob Mrs. Charles Wagner age 22. She was born abt 1858 in Luxembourg. With the 1880 census affirming the birth places as Luxembourg, the 1870 census family have to be one and the same.

Immigration Chas Koop male German age 58 abt 1805 place of origin Germany, departed from Antwerp Belguim, arrived 3 Nov 1863 at New York on ship Adele. List of family Chas. Koop 58, Elizabeth 48, Nick 24, Francsz 22, Jeane? (male) 20, Anna 16, Margereth 13, Justine 11, Jean 4, Catharina 6,

CHILDREN of Frank and Justine Arens from the public members tree report on ancestry.com information not verified by compiler of this biography.

1. Nicholas Francis Arens born 23 Mar 1872 Alton Sioux County IA died 31 Dec 1953 Butler Bates County Missouri. He married Anna Lenora Hentges 1875-1957. They had ten children Appolonia 1895-1907, Joseph 1896-1897, Viola 1897-1908, Lenora Clara 1900-1995, Frances Mary 1904, Angeline Marie 1905-1997, Eugene 1908-1922, Elizabeth 1910-1998, Hildegarde 1912-1924, Clement 1917-2006.

2. Appollonia ‘Leona’ Arens born 1 Feb 1874 Alton, Iowa died 18 Apr 1962 Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri. She married William Joseph Witmer 1874-1940. Their children were – Laura 1896-1963, Emma 1898-1982, Leroy 1901, Harold 1906-1991, Homer 1906-1991, Hildegarde 1910-1998, and Helen 1910-1994.

3. Peter Arens born 7 Mar 1876 Alton Sioux Iowa died 3 May 1882 Remsen, Plymouth, Iowa

4. Matt Arens born 29 Nov 1877 Alton Sioux Iowa died 15 Mar 1966 Worthington Nobles MN. He married Theresa Catherine Hendel 1875-1954. Their children were – Genevieve 1901-1989, Philip F. 1902-1934, Julius 1904-1905, Vincent 1906-1907, Alphonse 1908-1966, Francis 1909-1991, Matthew Jr. 1913-1990, and Veronica 1918-1918.

5. Cecilia Ann Arens born 23 oct 1879 Alton Sioux Iowa died 27 Jun 1965 Clyde, Grant, Oklahoma. She married William B. Eulberg 1878-1926. They had children – Adelaide 1901-1993, Eugene 1903-1987, Zella 1908-1988, William 1915-1998, Jean 1920, Robert 1922-2002.

6. Charles Arens born 11 Oct 1881 Sioux County IA died 29 Apr 1882 Sioux County IA

7. John N. Arens born 1 Sep 1883 Alton, Sioux Iowa died 6 Jul 1956 Medford, Grant, Oklahoma. He married Mary Josephine Licher 1886-1975. Their children were – Leonard 1910-2007, Irene 1911-2005, Herbert 1913-1999, Adeline 1915-1990, Leona 1917-2003, Bernard 1919-1012, Harold 1922-1945, Wilma 1924-2019, James 1927-2002 and one other listed a private.

ALTON CENTENNIAL BOOK pages 7 and 70. Churches of Alton – St. Mary’s Church. On May 20 1870 a band of ‘prairie Schooners’ arrived in eastern Sioux County from Jackson county Iowa. The members of this band of hardy Germans and Luxemburgers were the nucleus of what later became St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Parish of Alton Iowa. The article mentions many names for the early settlers and also includes Frank Arens.

OBITUARY Arens, Frank (Franz) 1844-1887
Franz Arens obituary from the LUXEMBOURGER Gazette July 26, 1887 page 5. As translated by: Jean Ensch
The following is taken from the 21st July issue of the "Le Mars Herold" With deep regret we have to report the death of Franz Ahrens [Arens] residing in Plymouth County as of this year. He died at the age of 42 years and 11 months. Ahrens [Arens] was born in Olm, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and came to Amerika in 1851 with his parents, where they settled in Jackson County, Iowa. In the year 1870 [1872] he married Miss Justine Koob from Angelsberg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and in the same year made his new home in the vicinity of Alton in Sioux County, where he was active together with his family until last spring as a hardworking and peace loving farmer. When the terrible disease, cancer, started to undermine his vitality at the best age, he figured it would be better, to sell his old home and, for the best of his family, move into the vicinity of the town of Remsen in the neighborhood of his relatives. The uncurable disease made rapid progress and after close to two years ailing he was delivered by death, which he had faced a hundred, even a thousand times. A wife and six children, three boys and 3 girls mourn the too early departed and loved husband and father. His remains were laid to rest on Saturday at the Catholic cemetery of Remsen. May he rest in peace.

No obituary was found for Juntine Mrs. Frank Arens – Hentges. The picture was captured from the ancestry.com report . Back – Appollonia, Matt, Cecilia, Front – John N. Justina and Nicholas.


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