Herman Von Lehmden: Birth: 21 FEB 1878. Death: 21 FEB 1879
Anna Von Lehmden: Birth: 26 NOV 1879. Death: 7 AUG 1955
Clemens Von Lehmden: Birth: 1 APR 1883. Death: 13 FEB 1888
Note: Frank "Henry" VonLehmden was born in Steinfeld, Oldenburg, Germany on June 19, 1850. He received his early education in his native village, and when a young man, he left his native country to escape the German military and came to this country, after a long voyage that began in Bremen, West Germany, in 1870 at about age 20. (His granddaughter, Sister Felice do not know if his family or other relatives preceded him to the United States, but that's very possible.) Sister Felice believes he first went to Cleveland, Ohio before moving west to work on the farm of a young widow, Mrs. Anton Noethe and her four children at New Vienna, Iowa. At the age of 23, Frank Henry "F.H." Von Lehmden was married to a young widow, Mrs. Anton (Maria Anna) Noethe, age 32, on November 29, 1873 at St. Boniface Church, the late Rev. Father Schulte, officiating. After their marriage, they stayed on that farm near New Vienna, Iowa. F.H. must have come with a substantial amount of money, since he was able to buy the widow's portion of the farm and that of her four children at $1125 each. Blue-eyed, F.H. was five feet ten inches tall and remained ram rod straight to his final days. He and his wife, Maria Anna, moved to New Vienna when their son Henry "Joseph" Von Lehmden took over the farm. F.H. Von Lehmden was a gentle, soft spoken person. He was a devoted husband and father, a kind neighbor and true friend. He was a staunch Catholic and adhered strictly to the teaching of his faith. Honest and upright, he was respected by all who knew him. A Widower in 1908, F.H. lived alone. He loved visits from his grandchildren and had one of them stay with him during the school year. Always there were treats of apples, cookies, and dimes for them. He enjoyed his many friends including a dwarf named Schwers, whom he had to lift onto a chair when he came for a visit. A Catholic in action, F.H. started each day with Mass and ended it with the rosary. He donated the St. Joseph altar in the New Vienna church and gave generously for establishing the mission church in Colesburg. He loved to sing and had a large repertoire of German songs, including the Schubert lieder. Multi-lingual, he spoke High and Low German, English, and residual French learned in Europe. He subscribed to German and English newspapers. F.H. generously shared the fruits of his picture-perfect garden, now the site of two houses with sizable yards. he was especially proud of his two long rows of grapes- - white and purple, yielding him grape juice and marmalade. F.H. Von Lehmden, age 87, one of the pioneer residents of New Vienna, Iowa died at his home in New Vienna Monday morning at 1:30 o'clock, March 22, 1937, after an illness of two weeks, tributary to old age. F.H. and Maria Von Lehmden were buried in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa.
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