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Gerhard G. Arends

Gerhard G. Arends, a director and assistant cashier of the Quincy National Bank, was born April 8, 1854, in the city which is yet his place of residence. His father, Gerhard G. Arends, Sr., was born in 1824 and died May 14, 1899, at the age of seventy-five years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Jantje Taaties, was born in 1818 and died February 20, 1895, at the age of seventy-seven years. The father came to America in 1846 when twenty-two years of age, from Norden, Ostfriesland, Germany, which was also the birthplace of his wife. They were married in St Louis, Missouri, soon after the close of the Mexican war, in which Mr Arends had served, having been a member of Company E. Barnes' Missouri Battalion of Infantry, serving under General Stirling Price. Following the close of hostilities he received an honorable discharge at Independence, Missouri. He removed from St Louis to Quincy and here followed his trade of carpentering, becoming foreman for John Brimson, in whose service he remained for fifteen or twenty years, a most trusted and capable employee. He then retired to private life, having acquired a comfortable competence through the years of his business activity. He also received a pension from the government in recognition of his services in the Mexican war. Unto him and his wife were born three children, but two died in childhood.

Gerhard G. Arends, of this review, the only surviving member of the family, was a public school student until seventeen years of age, when he entered upon his business career as office boy in the employ of Richard Jansen with the Germany Insurance Company. He served in that capacity for two years and afterward spent a similar period in the employ of George W. Brown, also a representative of the insurance business. He then entered the Ricker Bank as assistant bookkeeper and after two years became head bookkeeper, being at that time but twenty-three years of age. He served in that capacity for nine years, having the full confidence of the banking company, but when thirty-two years of age was obliged to resign on account of ill health and for two years thereafter was connected with no active business enterprise.

In 1887 the Quincy National Bank was organized and he became connected with the institution as one of its original incorporators and was appointed assistant cashier, in which capacity he has since served. He is also one of the directors of the band. An able accountant and thoroughly familiar with the banking business, his efforts for the upbuilding of the institution have been beneficial and far-reaching. He also deals in real estate and his sound judgment has enabled him to so direct his efforts in that direction as to gain therefrom a very gratifying competence.

In 1886 Mr Arends was married to Miss Caroline Bitter, a daughter of J. H. Bitter, of the firm of F. W. Menke & Company. Her father died about 1898. Mr and Mrs Arends have two children: Henry Gerhard and Antoinette J., both of whom are students in the high school.

Mr Arends is quite prominent in the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Lambert lodge No. 659, A.F.&A.M.; Quincy chapter, R.A.M.; and Beauseant commandery, K.T. He likewise belongs to Salem church of the German Evangelical denomination. In his political views he is independent, supporting men and measures rather than party. Having spent his entire life in Quincy and having been connected with its business interests for more than a third of a century he is well known in commercial and financial circles and his fidelity to every trust reposed in him has not only gained for him advancement but has also won for him an honored name among those with whom he has lived and labored throughout the period of his business career.

[Submitted by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Source: Past and Present of the City of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois
(S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1905)]

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