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GERDES, HENRY, deceased, was born in Bilderbach, Westphalia, Germany, August 18, 1830; son of Henry and Elizabeth Gerdes. Henry Gerdes, Sr., was a high school teacher in Germany, and occupied the position for life. His children were: Andrew, a school teacher, in Germany; Elizabeth, wife of Samel Uhland; the deceased children are: Herman; Annie; Barnhard, who died in Harrisburg, March 29,1894, aged sixty-one years, and Henry. Henry Gerdes, Sr., died in 1847.

Henry Gerdes, Jr., was educated in his native country, and engaged in mercantile business. His three years of military service, required by law, were passed in the special troop of the Emperor, which is composed exclusively of men of large statue, well proportioned, without blemish and fine appearance. Mr. Gerdes came with his family to this country in 1867, settled at Harrisburg, and found employment at the pattern shop at Steelton, where he remained until his death, January 6, 1895. He was the first pattern maker ever employed at the Pennsylvania Steel Works, serving under Henry Cassel, and remaining with the company twenty-seven years. Mr. Gerdes was married, September 26, 1865, to Miss Amelia, daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Casting) Laudermache. They have nine children, seven of whom are living: Albert, married Miss Maggie, daughter of Michael and Annie Palmer; Amelia, wife of Albert Gratz; Oscar, Joseph, Ida, Arthur, and Bessie. Their deceased children are: William, died September 5, 1868, aged nine months; Adolph, died October 4, 1891, aged fifteen years, killed by falling; from tree. Mr. Gerdes was a Republican. He was a member of the Catholic church.

Mrs. Gerdes survives her husband, and resides in Steelton, Pa. She was born in Westplialia, Germany. July 24, 1843. Her parents kept a general store. They had six children, only two of whom are now living: Albertina, wife of Abraham Shaffer, resides in the Fatherland, and Amelia, Mrs. Gerdes. Their deceased children are: Wilhelm, Dora, and Adolplia Elizabeth. Mrs. Gerdes' father is deceased: her mother died aged sixty-four. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Gerdes was a farmer and stock dealer. He had a family of six children, of whom two survive: Florence and Ludwig. The deceased children are: Henry, Joseph, and twin children, born deaf and dumb. Both grandparents died suddenly in Germany.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Robert Demy for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 28 August 2001

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