The Harm Family

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1871-1918

Map Of The German Empire, 1871-1918 (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)
Map of the German Empire, 1871-1918, the time during which the Harms lived in the area. Schleswig-Holstein is the shaded area.

1895 - 1904

Freda Harm

Children's Book, owned by Freda Harm (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)          Children's Book, owned by Freda Harm (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

Freda Harm had some books when she was a child that have survived for over 100 years. The book above is a book of children's stories, I scanned the cover and the inside right page. Freda, or someone else, wrote her name on the inside right page. The book is in German, except for the publishing location - Waverly, Iowa. The book was published in 1895.

Confirmation Book, owned by Freda Harm (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)             Confirmation Certificate (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

Freda was confirmed by the Rock Branch Lutheran Church on 21 March 1904, as the book above shows. I have scanned the cover and inside first pages. This book was published in Chicago, Illinois in 1903. There is a surviving 4-leaf clover pressed between pages 44 & 45, and evidence of a butterfly being pressed between pages 38 & 39. Both this book and the one above are small, to fit in a child's hand.

Other books have survived the years, but in not nearly as good of shape as the two above. There is an Old Testament Bible, with the name Richard H. Blatt written in it, with the date 8 December 1889. There is a complete Bible, Old and New Testaments, with the name A. D. Campbell written in it. There also is a "Funk & Wagnalls Concise Standard Dictionary" published in 1922, with the names Emmett, Everett, Earl & Elmer King written in it. The former owner must have been Betty Ward. Her name was crossed off. Portions of this book are scanned on the King Family page.

Before 1917

            Freda and Ella Harm (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)              

Undated photo probably taken before Freda married in August 1917, but after Ella married in February 1917. (Ella has a wedding ring, Freda doesn't). Freda was born 04 March 1889 in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, the oldest child of Henry & Augusta Harm. She married J. C. 'Curly' King on 22 August 1917. Ella W. Dora Harm was born 27 March 1897 in Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa, the 5th of nine children of Henry & Augusta Harm. Ella married Edward Albert Herbold on 7 February 1917.

                        

            Ina and Clara Huchendorf  (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)
Undated photo of Ina, left & Clara Huchendorf, daughters of Gustav and Augusta Louise Harm Huchendorf. Augusta was Henry Harm's sister. She arrived in America with Henry and his wife Augusta on 26 March 1894. Gustav and Augusta Huchendorf married in 1895. Ina was born in about 1898. She married Chester Tate. Clara was born in about 1897. She married Cyrus Albertson.

1917

Obituary of John Harm (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)    The obituary of John Harm, the elder. He died on 8 September 1917, at the age of 84.

1918

Ruth Huchendorf, daughter of Gustav & Augusta Harm Huchendorf,  and her future husband, Frank Revell, as they appeared in the 1918 Brookings South Dakota High School yearbook.

Ruth Huchendorf & Frank Revell 1918 (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

1929

Kathryn Henrietta Avers Harm, wife of John Harm since 1872, died on 5 January 1929 at the age of 92 years. Kathryn had lived at the home of her daughter, Augusta Louise Harm Huchendorf since 1926 in Brookings, South Dakota.           

Kathryn Henrietta Avers Harm obituary  (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE) 

Memories of Kathryn Henrietta Avers Harm
        

            Postcard of Pierson Church (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)    This is a picture postcard of an early church in Pierson, Iowa. The writing along the bottom edge of the photo is in German. Can anyone read it?

            M. E. Church, Pierson, Iowa (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)   This is another picture postcard of an early church. It is the "M. E. Church, Pierson, Iowa".

1938

Gustav Emil Huchendorf obituary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)    Gustav Emil Huchendorf died on 10 November 1938 of a heart attack. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota. He had farmed in the area for many years.

1941

            Harm Family Photo, 27 March 1941 (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)                      
         Harm Family Photo             
           March 27, 1941                
 Back Row: Ina Harm Weinreich, John (Jack) August Harm, Henry (Hank) J. Harm, Jr., Fritz Harm, Julius (Shorty) Harm
 Front Row: Freda Harm King, John Henry Harm, Sr., Augusta Wieck Harm, Ella Harm Herbold, Dena Harm Nielsen

1949

                                                  58th Wedding Anniversary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE) 
On April 6, 1949, John Henry Harm and Augusta Wieck Harm celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Henry was 83 years old and Augusta was 81 years old. They celebrated at their home in Pierson, Iowa.

1951

  Henry and Augusta Harm (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE) Henry and Augusta Harm probably in their own yard. From the collection of Ken Huchendorf.

 

                         60th Wedding Anniversary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)                       

On April 6, 1951, John Henry Harm and Augusta Wieck Harm made the news again as they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The party was held at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Jack and Ina Weinreich, on Friday, April 6th.

Augusta, Augusta, Henry and Julius (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)    April 1951 (probably taken at the anniversary party), Augusta Louise Harm Huchendorf, Augusta S. Johanna Wieck Harm, John Henry Harm, Sr., Julius (Jude) Carl Harm

1955

Augusta S. Johanna Wieck Harm

                       August Wieck Harm obituary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE) Augusta Wieck Harm passed away on November 23, 1955 at the age of 87 years at her home in Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa. She is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Pierson.

Augusta S. Johanna Harm death certificate (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)  The death certificate of Augusta S. Johanna Wieck Harm. From this we find her parents names, father, Christ Wieck (misspelled Wink on the death certificate) and mother Anna Schneider, and one of her middle names - Johanna. At this time, I don't know what the initial "S." for her other middle name stands for. We also have the signature of Mrs. Dena Nielsen, she supplied the personal information for the death certificate.

1962

John Henry Harm

                John Henry Harm, Sr. obituary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)John Henry Harm passed away at the home of his son, John August Harm in Pierson, on January 14, 1962 at the age of 94 years. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa. His funeral program is shown below.

                            John Henry Harm, Sr. funeral program (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)John Henry Harm Funeral Program John Henry Harm, Sr. funeral program (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

John Henry Harm, Sr. death certificate (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)The death certificate of John Henry Harm, Sr. I had hoped this document would shed a light on the identity of Henry's mother. We had suspected it wasn't Kathryn Henrietta Avers Harm. The document shows "Unknown" for mother's maiden name, which would seem to confirm Kathryn wasn't his mother. Another document (the obituary of Henry's father) identifies Henry's mother as Christina Margaret Smith, who died in Germany in 1872 when Henry was 5 years old.

1965

  John August Harm obituary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)     John A. Harm Obituary. John August Harm was a son of Henry & Augusta Harm, born 16 April 1895 near Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa. He married Minnie Rischen. He died on 7 May 1965 in Pierson at the age of 70 years, and is buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Pierson, Iowa.

    Julius Carl Harm died on 25 November 1965. He was the son of John Harm (the elder) and Kathryn Avers Harm. He was buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings, South Dakota.

Memories of Julius Carl Harm, brother of Augusta Louise Harm Huchendorf and John Henry Harm, Sr.

1966

         Julius C. Harm obituary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)    The obituary of Julius C. Harm. He died on 6 July 1966 in Cherokee, Cherokee County, Iowa. He was a son of John Henry Harm and Augusta S. Wieck Harm, and was born 28 January 1892 in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He married Daisy Davis on 7 February 1917.

1967

                             Augusta Louise Harm Huchendorf obituary(CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)            Augusta Louise Harm Huchendorf memorial program (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

Augusta Louise Harm Huchendorf died in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California while visiting her daughters on August 16, 1967. She was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota. Above is her obituary and funeral memorial program.

Memories of Augusta Louise Harm Huchendorf

1971

              Huchendorf Golden Reunion (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)                            Huchendorf Family Reunion (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)    (Same subjects, in color)

Above is a newspaper clipping from the Brookings South Dakota Register of July 13, 1971 regarding a reunion of the Gustav Huchendorf family. Mrs. Gustav Huchendorf was the former Miss Augusta Louise Harm, daughter of John Harm and Kathryn Henrietta Avers Harm, sister of John Henry Harm.

1997

Lona Maye Herbold Cook was injured and died in an automobile accident on 3 November 1997 near Moville, Woodbury County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Ella Harm Herbold and Edward Albert Herbold. She was born on 17 May 1924. She married Roger Henry Cook on 23 June 1951 in Marcus, Cherokee County, Iowa.
Following are the newspaper clippings about the event.

Woman dies in accident (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)       Fatal accident victum identified (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)       Lona Mae Herbold Cook obituary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)       In Memory of Lona Maye Cook (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

1999

Helen Pearl Huchendorf Stewart died on 24 November 1999 in Castle Rock, Douglas County, Colorado. She was the youngest of the nine children of Gustav & Augusta Harm Huchendorf. Her obituary is below, it was printed in the Daily News Press, Castle Rock, Colorado on 8 December 1999.

Helen Huchendorf Stewart obituary (CLICK ON ENLARGE IMAGE)

2002

Richard C. Harm obituary (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)The obituary of Richard C. Harm. He was born 4 May 1918 in Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa and died 14 August 2002 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas. He was the son of Julius C. Harm and Daisy Davis Harm. Julius was a son of John Henry Harm and Augusta Wieck Harm.


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