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Henry Henrichs
Born November 27, 1859

Henry Henrichs, who throughout the period of his residence in Scotch Grove township was recognized as one of its honored, respected and valued citizens, claimed Germany as the country of his nativity, his birth occurring in Oldenburg on the 27th of November, 1859. There he was reared to manhood, acquiring his education in the public schools, and when twenty-three years of age decided to come to the new world, which, he had heard, offered excellent opportunities for advancement along business lines. Consequently in 1882 he left his home and friends and sailed for America, coming direct to Scotch Grove township, Jones county. Here he worked as a farm hand for George Bohlken until 1883, when he returned to the fatherland and remained with his parents until the following year. Once more crossing the Atlantic he again made his way to Scotch Grove township, where for a period of two years he was engaged as a farm hand, working by the month.
On the 4th of March, 1886, Mr. Henrichs was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Meinen, a native of Wayne township, Jones county, and after their marriage they began their domestic life upon a farm of one hundred acres in Scotch Grove township, which had come to his wife by inheritance. They resided upon that farm about six years and removed to an adjoining farm of seventy acres which Mr. Henrichs had purchased in the meantime. In 1898 they took up their abode upon the present home farm where he spent the remaining days of his life and upon which his widow still resides. He engaged in general agricultural pursuits and also made a specialty of the dairy business, keeping on hand from twenty to twenty-five cows for that purpose. Systematic and methodical in the conduct of his affairs, a combination of these stalwart German characteristics with the more American spirit of enterprise and progress insured him a most gratifying measure of success which placed him among the substantial and representative citizens of the township. At the time of his death he and his wife owned jointly two hundred and ninety acres of land.
With the passing of the years Mr. and Mrs. Henrichs became the parents of six children, Charles, Nellie, William, Emma, Mabel and Lillie, all of whom are still at home. He was a member, as is his wife, of the Evangelical Lutheran church and was a man of many sterling traits of character, whose entire career measured up to a high standard of honorable manhood. Independent in politics, he reserved the right of casting his vote for the men and measures which in his opinion were best adapted to conserve public welfare regardless of party ties. He served efficiently for several years as a member of the school board and his influence was ever upon the side of material, intellectual and moral development. He passed from this life on the 21st of March, 1909, and his death was mourned by a large number of friends who had come to respect and honor him for his genuine worth of character. His wife still resides upon the home farm and is a very capable woman, conducting her affairs in a most careful and businesslike manner. Kindly in spirit and pleasing in disposition, she is popular with a large number of warm friends throughout the community, who know her for an excellent neighbor and a true and loyal friend.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 217.


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