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Twillman, Luder 1849-1930 & Gesina Schlake Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 10/6/2023 at 14:49:49

Twillman, Luder 1849-1930 & Gesina Schlake family

This story was taken from page 476 of the Ireton Centennial Book (1882-1982). The story was transcribed for this BIOS by Beth De Leeuw of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society. Some research notes were added by Wilma J. Vande Berg.

Luder Twillman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Twillman, was born Sept. 28, 1849 in Rekum, Germany. While still a youth he followed the occupation of his father and became an apprentice on a sailing ship. For 21 years he sailed the seas, stopping in all the world’s ports.

On May 20, 1876, he was united in marriage with Miss Gesina Schlake at Neuenkirch, Germany. Six children were born to them there, two of whom died in infancy.

In 1884 Mr. Twillman withdrew from the marine service and was employed by a steamship line, the North German Lloyd, at Breman.

With the encouragement of his brother-in-law, Henry Kluter, the family immigrated to America in 1888 and came directly to Ireton. They located on a small farm on the SW edge of town and worked much of the land which now constitutes the town of Ireton. Two years later they purchased a farm 2˝ miles SW of Ireton which became their permanent home. Six children were born to them in America, two of whom preceded the parents in death. Those who grew to adulthood were: William I.; Martin L.; Henry M.; George J.; Adolph H.; Mrs. Gesine Onken; Mrs. Martha Luschen; and Mrs. Freda Dauberman.

On Dec. 28, 1916, after 40 years of married life, Mrs. Twillman passed away. He continued on the farm with two of his sons until 1924 when he retired and moved to Ireton.

When Mr. Twillman came to America he brought with him the Marline picks he had used on the sailing ships. They consisted of two pieces of highly polished hardwood, round in shape, 8 and 12 inches long respectively and tapered to a point on one end. The pointed end was used to pry the strands of rope apart so the damaged section could be removed. The rope was then woven back together.

In America the picks were used to splice the hay ropes in the farmers’ barns when they broke while unloading hay. About 1910 large barns began to appear with hay mows that had an iron track along the peak of the roof. Heavy pulleys carried ropes along the tracks. On one end of the rope, huge hooks that looked like ice hooks, were used to lift the hay off the rack. Horses were hitched to the other end of the rope to elevate the load to the loft. When a rope broke the farmer had to unload the hay by hand while waiting for someone from a distance to put a new rope in the barn.

When it was learned Mr. Twillman could splice the ropes his services were in demand for miles around. He repaired ropes for many farmers, but never charged for his services. He believed it as a man’s duty to help his fellowmen.

He passed away in 1930 at the age of 80.

RESEARCH NOTES: Added by Wilma J. Vande Berg From ancestry.com public member trees information not verified by this submitter.

Luder Twillman born 28 Seo 1849 Rekum, Hanover, Germany died 7 Dec 1930 Ireton IA He was the son of Luwig Twillman 1808 and Greta Jachon. He married Gesina Schlake 20 May 1876 Neuenkirchen, Schleswig Holstein Germany.

Gesina Schlake was born 13 Jul 1855 Neuenkirchen, Dithmarschen, Schleswig Holstein Germany and died 28 Dec 1916 Ireton IA. Their eight children who lived to adulthood are as following. Two reportedly died young.

CHILDREN: See most of their obits on our page www.iagenweb.org/sioux
1. William Louis Twillman born 28 Dec 1876 Reckum Hanover, Germany died 10 Feb 1951 LeMars IA. He was married to Martha Louise Suter 1880-1968. One adopted child listed Harold Emorey Twillman 1910-1968. There is a lengthy story on the William Twillman Family on page 476 of the Ireton Centennial Book.
2. Freda Twillman born 9 Aug 1882 Reckum Hanover Germany died 26 Jun 1953 Hawarden IA in Oct 1906 she married Herman Imbrock and they had three sons and two daughters, include Fred Imbrock of Hawarden, William Imbrock of Centerville SD, George Imbrock of Long Beach CA, Mrs. Mary Abrahanson of Beresford SD and Mrs. Marth Eli of Rivera CA. Aug of 1923 Freda married James Dauberman at Hawarden.
3. Martin Luther Twillman born 22 Jan 1884/1886 Reckum Hanover Germany died 18 Jan 1952 Ireton IA.
He was single.
4. Gesina M. ‘Zana’ Twillman born 28 May 1887 Reckum Muil Blumen, Hanever Germany died 17 Sep 1972 Hawarden IA. Dec 22, 1915 she married Reiner Onken. They had daughter Margaret Mrs. Loren Rose of Sioux City and son Wayne of Garden City SD.
5. Henry Markus Twillman born 5 Mar 1889 Ireton IA died 21 Aug 1969 Orange City IA He was single.
6. Christian Heinrich Twillman born 19 Sep 1890 Sioux County IA died before 1900 Sioux County IA.
7. George Johann Twillman born 19 Jun 1892 Ireton IA died 15 Aug 1973 Orange City IA. He appeared to remain single.
8. Martha Magdalena Twillman born 23 Apr 1894 died 12 Jul 1979 Hawarden IA. She married John Luschen 23 May 1917 Sioux county IA. Two children named Winifred Luschen1924-2001 and John Luschen 1927-2002
9. Adolph Herman Twillman born 20 Nov 1896 Ireton IA died 24 Jun 1971 Ireton IA He married Mable Johnston Mar 1924. No children listed. There is a lengthy story on Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Twillman in the Ireton Centennial book pabe 477.
10. Henrietta Wilhelmina Twillman 1899-1899.

Ireton and Vicinity-
News items expressly gathered for the Independent
Death of a Pioneer resident
Luder Twillman passed away early Sunday morning at his home in Ireton. His granddaughter, Miss Mary Imbroek, had been making her home with him for some time and caring for him. Mr. Twillman called to her early Sunday morning and spoke to her. Later when she got up she was much shocked when she found his lifeless body. He had evidently passed away without a struggle and not long after he had talked with his granddaughter.
Funeral services were held from the home at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and from St Paul's Lutheran church at 3 o'clock with Rev. F. W. Bruch in charge. Burial was made in the Lutheran cemetery beside his wife.
Luder Twillman, son of Mr. And Mrs. Ludwig Twillman, was born Sept. 28, 1849, in Reckum, Germany, and died Dec. 7, 1930, at the advanced age of 81 years, 2 months and 9 days. He was baptized in the Lutheran church and later was confirmed. He followed the profession of his father, who was a seaman, and became an apprentice on a sailing vessel. For 35 years he sailed the seas, visiting all the world ports. He was united in marriage with Gesina Schlake at Nuenkirch, Germany, May 26, 1876. Six children were born to them wile in Germany, two of whom died in infancy. In 1884 Mr. Twillman withdrew from marine service and was employed by the North German Lloyd at Bremen. In 1888 he immigrated to America with his family, coming directly to Ireton and Located on a farm close to town and a little later established a permanent home on a farm southwest of Ireton.
Six children were also born to them in America, two of whom preceded the parents in death. On Dec 28,1916, after forty years of happy married life, Mr. Twillman was bereft of his faithful wife. He continued on the farm until 1924 when he retired to Ireton where he resided for the past six years. He suffered a paralytic stroke Oct 13 1929, which deprived him of the use of his limbs. Expert treatment enabled him to recover slowly and this fall he was able to visit his children occasionally and had planned to attend church in the near future. He is survived by five sons, William I, Henry, George, Martin I. and Adolph Twillman of Ireton and three daughter, Mrs. Gesine Onken and Mrs. Martha Luschen of Ireton, and Mrs. Freda Dauberman of Hawarden; 12 grandchildren and a sister, Johanna Brau, who resides in Germany.
Source: Hawarden Independent of December 10,

Source: Alton Democrat (1-6-1917)
Born: June 13, 1855
Died: December 28, 1916
The death of Mrs. Luder "Louis" Twillman occurred last Wednesday the 28th of December, after an illness of several weeks. The cause of death was nephritis, a disease of the kidneys.
The funeral was Sunday at 1:30 o’clock from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of which she had been a member many years. Her maiden name was Gesina Schlake. She was born June 13, 1855 at Rekum near Bremen, Germany and was married there to Louis Twillman May 15, 1875. The family came to America in 1888 and settled on a farm near Ireton since which time the comings and goings of this excellent family are known to all. Twelve children were born to them and eight are living and were present at her bedside.
Besides the bereaved husband and father they are: William, Martin, George, Henry and Adolph and Miss Martha Twillman, Mrs. R.H. Ellts and Mrs. Tinbrock of South Dakota. There is also one brother living in Germany.

This picture of Luder Twillman appeared on page 476 of the Ireton Centennial book 1882-1982.


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