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  1. Bernard Beckmann: Birth: 21 FEB 1861 in Dyersville, Iowa. Death: 18 JUN 1933 in Dyersville, Iowa

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a. Note:   Dyersville: Its History and its People (Published in 1939) Gerhard Beckmann was born in Holthaussen, Oldenburg, Germany, on October 16, 1828. In 1855 he married Agnes Kramer, sister of Charles Kramer, Sr. In 1856 they emigrated to America, settled at New Vienna, Iowa and farmed. Gerhard Beckmann was better known in the later years as George Beckmann. Mr. Beckmann was a sailor in the merchant marine on the high seas before coming to America. He was one of the sailors that manned the ship on which his wife and child, and brother-in-law, Charles Kramer, came to America. That trip, his last one across the Atlantic, was a trying one. It was a sailing ship they embarked in for America, and adverse winds prolonged their journey for eleven weeks. at one time they gained no headway for three days. Food and water supply was so low that the crew and passengers were all put on rations. During the dark three days the passengers prayed constantly day and night, different groups taking turns at the "watch of prayer." When they finally landed Sailor Beckmann, undoubtedly without too much regret, said farewell to the seafaring life and came to Iowa with his family. In 1861 they moved to the Beckmann homestead east of Dyersville, Iowa, today the Henry Klostermann farm. Mrs. Beckmann died May 27, 1874. Their children were: Frank, Bernard, Theresa (Mrs. Bernard Tegeler), Clemens, Joseph, George H., and two infants. In 1876 he married Mrs. Mary Ann Klostermann, widow of Bernard Klostermann. She died February 26, 1892, at the farmhome of his son Bernard Beckmann.


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