Holt County, MO Biography
Henry A. DANKERS
This gentleman, one of the leading residents and old citizens
of Lincoln township, was born in the city of Stade, kingdom of
Hanover, on May 20, 1835. His father, Henry DANKERS, left Germany
for the U.S. in 1841. The family landed at New Orleans and took
a steamboat up the Miss. and Mo. Rivers to Weston, in Platte Co.
They spent all their money for an old wagon, a yoke of oxen and
4 cows. They set out for Holt Co. to find John H. ROSELIUS who
had settled there the previous spring. They reached their destination
in August, 1841. All that part of the country was then a tract
of waste bottom land, unbroken and uncivilized except where ROSELIUS
had erected a cabin in the timber near the Mo. River. Indians
were the only other inhabitants. Wild game was everywhere in abundance.
The DANKERS chose a location on Section 36, of Township 63, Range
There were no schools. Providing for education of their children
was a priority with the new settlers. The first school Mr. DANKERS
attended was taught by a man hired by his father and John ROSELIUS
and Andrew BUCK. This was the first school taught in Lincoln township.
He only went to school about nine months; he had to gain the rest
of his education through self-study. He left home in spring, 1858,
and in partnership with a man named Price kept a kind of grocery
store across the Mo. River, at St. Stephen's, Nebraska. This business
was not profitable and he returned in 1859 to Holt Co. where he
farmed and engaged in trading cattle.
He was married Jan. 20, 1863 to Elizabeth GUNKEL who was born
in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, but was living in Holt Co. at the
time of the marriage. Mr. and Mrs. DANKERS have 6 children whose
names in their order of birth are Melinda, Andrew, Irvin, Rebecca,
Anna and Frederick. He resided in the timber near the river until
Oct. 1873, and then moved to his present residence on the farm
adjoining the town of Corning. Here he built a handsome brick
residence. He farms and is the owner of 1,340 acres of land about
equally divided in Holt and Atchison counties. He has also been
occupied with dealing in stock, which has been one of the means
of placing him in comfortable circumstances.
He has been a Republican ever since he took an interest in
political affairs. His father died in Aug., 1870. Mr. DANKERS
was the second of a family of 4 children, 2 still living. His
sister is the wife of Fred W. WALTER.
Mr. DANKERS grew up with Holt Co. and is one of its most industrious
and energetic citizens. He came to Mo. 40 years ago to a tract
of wild bottom land, without means and with little prospect of
good fortune. He had to pick up his education here and there.
He was thrifty, industrious and shrewd, today he holds a place
among the wealthy farmers of the county, a citizen respected for
his intelligence and integrity, and surrounded by every evidence
of a substantial prosperity. Contrast this with his first home
in Holt Co., a humble cabin along the Mo. River.