Adeline "Ada" Van Gerpen: Birth: 14 AUG 1876. Death: 31 DEC 1957
Edgar Van Gerpen: Birth: 1877.
Bertha Van Gerpen: Birth: 31 DEC 1882. Death: 23 SEP 1925
Claus "Clausy" Van Gerpen: Birth: 6 FEB 1885. Death: 25 NOV 1889
Title: Hartsburg, Illinois, Yesterday and Today, 1871-1971
Page: Page 117
Title: Jennelt, Ostfriesland Church Records; from Lorenz Mollenberg - Heemstede, Netherlands
Title: Van Gerpen Family History
Publication: Compiled from 1962-1972, published in 1972
Title: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763 - 1900
Page: Volume D, Page 28
Publication: Illinois State Archives & the Illinois State Genealogical Society
Note: Arrived on ship SS MAGDALENE June 29, 1868; Bremen to New York - from Germany - age 19 Glazier and Filby GERMANS TO AMERICA - Volume 21 ***** From HARTSBURG, ILLINOIS, YESTERDAY AND TODAY, 1871-1971; Page 117 Claus Van Gerpen was born in Gennelt, Germany, April 25, 1849. He came to the U.S.A. in a sailboat when he was 19 years old, settling first at Freeport, Illinois and the moving to Pekin,Ill. in 1870. Here he met and married Miss Hilka Rodenbeck in 1872. She was also a native of Germany, having been born in Uttum in 1850. Mr. Van Gerpen spent six years in Pekin, coming to Hartsburg in 1876. He was engaged in the shoemaking business and also worked as a wagon-maker part time. In 1886 he purchased shoes and set up a shoe shop. Later he purchased a grain elevator and succesfully operated it for 13 years. He then sold it to his brother-in-law, Arend Rodenbeck. He then became involved in an extensive hardware and implement store, which was later operated by his son-in-law, Henry Bruns. In 1898 Mr. Van Gerpen built a large brick building and sold general merchandise. In 1900, he started to purchase land and in the years following, bought and sold many buildings in the Hartsburg area. In 1901 he was an influence in starting the Hartsburg Bank. It was housed in the north end of his store. Mr. Van Gerpen was an ardent worker in any project that served the good of the town - helping in the promoting of a band and high school and working faithfully in the Grace Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Van Gerpen were the parents of eight children, namely: Adeline (Bruns); Martha (Kendrick); Daniel, Bertha (Turner); Henry and Hilda (Jones). They lost two sons, Edgar and Clausy, as young children. The children with the exception of Hilda, who married and moved out of town, lived and worked in the Hartsburg community all of their lives. Hilda is the only one living of the Claus Van Gerpen family. Mr. Van Gerpen passed away in 1925; his wife, Hilke, in 1929.
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