Herman Luers, farmer and stock-raiser, is a native of Hanover, Germany, born March 6, 1822. His parents, Herman and B. M. (Deken) Luers, were natives of Hanover, where they died. He learned the trade of a carriage-maker, and in 1851 came to the United States, locating in Cincinnati, O. He worked there five years, then came to Clayton County, intending to establish himself in that business. Finding the country too new for work of that kind, he purchased a farm in Volga Township, upon which he resided nine years. He then disposed of that farm and removed to Cox Creek Township and bought 240 acres of excellent land, which he now has under a fine state of cultivation. He was married in 1848 to D. S. Schirmer, whose parents, Wilhelm and Sophia Schirmer, were natives of Germany. Their union has been blessed with ten children—Herman, born Feb. 21, 1849, is married and resides in Minnesota; Sophia, born May 2, 1850; Marguerite, Feb. 19, 1852, is now the wife of Louis Venus; Minna, born Jan. 2, 1854; Henry, Oct. 16, 1857; Dorathea, Apr. 10, 1862; John and Emma (twins), Feb. 6, 1865, Emma married Dr. John Lewis, of Elkport; George, born Jan. 6, 1867, died Oct. 4, 1881, and Laura, born Jan. 11, 1868. The family are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Luers votes the Republican ticket.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 747
Return to Biographies Index