Petersburg Observer, January 8, 1929

Henry J. Janssen, Long Time Resident, is Dead
Death Occurred Sunday at Home of Daughter;
Funeral Wednesday

Henry J. Janssen, a native of Germany but a resident of Menard county for almost sixty years and a resident of Petersburg for more than twenty years, died Sunday, November 3 at the home of his daughter Mrs. John Dirks, west of this city after a brief illness, at the age of seventy-six years, seven months and 6 days.

Mr. Janssen was born at Wedelfeld in Northern Germany on March 27, 1853, the son of John Jurgen and Catherine Sophia (Theilen) Janssen. He emigrated to America in 1871 and a short time after coming to this country reached Tallula where he lived for a few years and where he was married on March 18, 1887 to Miss Anna Schmidt. To them were born four daughters, of whom one died in infancy.

A short time after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Janssen moved to a farm near Newmansville where they lived for a short time and then moved to a farm in this county which they purchased and where they lived for more than thirty years until they retired, slightly more than twenty years ago, and moved to Petersburg.

Here they lived and here on March 1927, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Here too Mrs. Janssen passed away, in February of this year. Since her death Mr. Janssen had made his home with his daughters, Mrs. Garret Cassens and Mrs. Dirks. Besides these two daughters, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Henry Wrede of Garner, Iowa; five grandchildren, one great- grandchild, one brother, John Janssen of this city and a great many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Janssen was a lifelong member of the Bethlehem Lutheran church. Funeral services were held from the Dirks home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday November 6 and at 2:30 from the Lutheran church in this city, conducted by the pastor, Rev. B. H. Selcke assisted by Rev. Jacobs of Pleasant Plains, and burial was in the Rose Hill cemetery.

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