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5 Apr 1907, Pella

Binder, Herman a well known and respected farmer from Town Pella passed away on Friday 29 March after a lengthy illness at the age of fifty-nine years, ten months and twenty-six days.  He was born on 3 May 1847 in Graefenhagen, Pommern and came with his parents to America in the year of 1862, settling first in Watertown for two years, then in Belle Plaine and after his marriage he lived on a farm in the Town of Pella, where he remained until his death.  He was married on 24 June 1870 in Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church to Johanna Preppernau with Pastor Dicke joining them together for life.  Their happy marriage was blessed with seven children, of which one child, Minna, preceded her father in death.  The other children were three boys and three daughters, who are all living.  All but one of them is married.  Hermann was dearly loved, as was seen by the great number of mourners attending the funeral and the many gifts of floral arrangements that were laid upon his grave.  The funeral was held on Monday afternoon at Bethlehem Church where he had always been a faithful member.  Pastor Stubenvoll officiated.  The family mourning at his casket besides his grieving wife, was three sons, Willie, Hermann G. and Louis, also his daughters Mrs. August Zernike, Mrs. Emma Genskow and Mrs. Louise Wolf and his brother August.  May his ashes rest in peace.



8 Apr 1907

The funeral of the late Herman Binder, which was held at Pella, Monday, was one of the largest ever held in that town.  The cortege left the house at 1 p.m. and nearly 100 teams formed in the procession.  When the church was reached the edifice was all too small to hold the large number of neighbors and friends who had congregated to pay a last tribute to the deceased.  Had he lived until May, Mr. Binder would have been 60 years old and for 46 years he had resided in Pella thus being one of the town’s earliest pioneers.  He was a man who held the warm confidence of a wide circle of friends and his death is universally regretted.  His illness dates back for several months prior to which time he was one of the most robust men in the town, weighing about 225 pounds, but he gradually wasted away until he was but little more than a skeleton.  For six weeks prior to his death he was practically unable to take food or nourishment.  He is survived by his wife and six children---Mrs. H. Zerhicke of the town of Richmond, Mrs. H. Wolf of Herman, Mrs. Aug. Genske and William, Herman and Louie all of Pella—also one brother Aug. Binder, of the same town.  Funeral services were preached by Rev. E. Stubenvoll---Clintonville Tribune.