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Hirth, Jacob 1837-1930


Posted By: LA (email)
Date: 8/19/2017 at 12:41:53

Jacob J . Hirth of Church, Iowa, passed to his heavenly home on January 25, 1930, at the home of his children, Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Wendel of Mason City, Iowa. The immediate cause of his departure was a complication of diseases. He was born on October 3, 1837, in Hockenheim, Baden, Germany.

At the age of 16 he came to America with his father, brother and sister. They first landed in Dubuque, but in the winter of 1854 settled on Mays Prairie. Jacob and his sons were pioneering on the farm which is still owned by one of his sons, Charles, After sixty years of hard labor he retired from the farm in 1914, and removed to Church, at which place he made his home until the end.

In 1869 Jacob Hirth was united in marriage to Katherine Leppert of French Creek township, to which union were born two children, Johanna and Magdalena, who together with their mother, preceded him to the Great Beyond. Jacob was married to Josephine Leppert on March 21, 1876, this union being blessed with five children, of whom John preceded his parents to the grave. In 1928, January 10th, he was bereft of his second beloved wife. Left alone now on this life's dusty road, he was gladly received by his children, who doubtless gave him every care in his declining years, untl (sic) at age of 92 years, 3 months, and 22 days the Lord summoned his spirit to its home. Besides the four children of his second union, Mrs. G. F. Wendel of Mason City, Charles on the parental farm, Roy and Willie of Medberry, N.D., he leaves fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Jacob Hirth was sick but nine days. As he had made peace with God before he died these days of illness, as well as those throughout his life, were borne uncomplainingly and very patiently. Both his children and all who had the privilege of knowing him speak very highly of him as a loving and kind, considerate and affectionate, and always contented father, whose Christian personality will never be forgotten.

He was bapitized and confirmed in the Christian faith, attended and supported both the Methodist Church on Mays Prairie and the Congregational Church at Church. At last, but not least, when his Redeemer's voice was known, he once more took communion with his Lord and Shepherd, Rev. Kohler, his former pastor of Mays Prairie and now pastor at Mason City, administering the scarament of the Lord's Supper.

Burial took place Monday, Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m., from the home of Mr. John Decker, son-in-law of the deceased, and from the Congregational church at Church, Rev. Schalk officiating. The text of the funeral sermon was Hebrews 4:9, 11 – “There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God.” Interment was made in Mays Prairie cemetery.

“Calm is thy slumber as an infant's sleep;
But thou shalt walk no more to toil and weep;
Thine is a perfect rest, secure and deep –

Good Night!”

Card of Thanks

We wish to return our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors for their sympathy and acts of kindness to us during our recent bereavement.
Mrs. G. F. Wendel
Charles, Roy and Willie Hirth.

Allamakee Journal and Lansing Mirror, 29 Jan. 1930 P 1 C 3


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