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YAHNKE, Henry P. (1880-1941)


Posted By: Hancock Co Genealogical Society
Date: 4/24/2021 at 16:20:30

Henry Yahnke

Henry Paul Yahnke was born January 28, 1880, on a farm near Iowa Falls, Iowa. He was the tenth of a family of twelve children born to his parents, G. C. and Minnie Awald Yahnke, natives of Germany.

At the age of six years, the family moved to a farm south-east of Klemme. Here Henry attended the rural schools of Avery Township also learned the business of farming, and grew to manhood.

At the age of 22 years. December 24th, 1901, Henry Yahnke and Gertrude Lewis were married at the home of the bride's parents in Klemme, Iowa. They commenced housekeeping on the Ted Dutheridge farm in Avery Township, near Klemme, and continued to live on this farm for twelve years. Here their three children were born: Erwin, Wava and Lillian. It was on this farm that death first entered their home, taking Lillian at the age of 14 months.

Later the family lived in Klemme where Henry Yahnke conducted a dray line for four years.

In 1919 Mr. and Mrs. Yahnke and their family moved to Minnesota where they farmed in the vicinity of Vernon Center for 21 years.

Mr. Yahnke was neat and painstaking with all of his farm work and was a pleasant man to work with. His home seemed to radiate hospitality. Young people, especially, would gather there because they knew they were liked and welcome.

About ten days ago Mr. Yahnke became seriously ill. He was taken to St. Mary's hospital in Rochester, where the end came Wednesday, May 14th, 1941, at 7:30 p.m. The cause of his death was hemorrhage of the brain. He reached the age of 61 years, 3 months and 16 days.

He leaves, besides his wife,two children: Erwin Yahnke, Good Thunder, Minnesota, and Wava, Mrs. Floyd Lundmark, Brainerd, Minnesota; three grand daughters; and three sisters: Mrs. Josephine Palmby, Vernon Center, Minn., Mrs. Ella Rhodes, Easton, Minn. and Mrs. Mary Ell, Mankato, Minn; four brothers: Albert H., Garden City, Minn., Ernest, Vernon Center, Minn., Edd, Buffalo Center, Iowa, and Charles of Garden City, Minnesota, and many more distant relatives and friends.

source: Times, Klemme, Iowa, 21 May 1941, page 1, column 1


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