* After Harm and Mary married, her father (who was
apparently quite wealthy) sent them to Mississippi to manage land, which
he owned there. It was at that time that John was born, around Nettleton,
*Harm & Mary (Schlicht) Willms farmed most of their
lives south of Atlantic, Iowa which is bordered on the north side of the
Atlantic Community High School; the farm ground is currently owned by a
Hanson and the farm house is currently owned by Dr. Sharp, after their
retirement they moved to Atlantic, Iowa.
Harm purchased the farm in the roaring 20ís and found
himself paying for it during the depression of the 30ís. When ever
possible Harm and his son John would take what ever job they could find
off the farm, leaving the farm work to Mary and her daughter-in-law Ella.
The purpose was to save the farm at all costs, which they were able to do.
The Atlantic News Telegraph published a column that said that Mary had
picked a 100 bushels of corn in a day; when asked if it was true she
replied "Yes, and I had to scoop it too." In the later years Harm
would joke and say the reason he had stopped farming was that he couldnít
keep up with her.
Mary (Schlicht) Willms is a sister to Jane (Schlicht)
Willms and Lizzie (Schlicht) Willms, Jane married Jabo Willms, and Lizzie
married Jacob Willms, both brothers to Harm.
Harm & Mary married in Chickasaw, County Mississippi
and after their marriage they stayed there for 3 years before coming to
Iowa in a covered wagon and locating on a farm west of Atlantic, Iowa
where they resided until moving to 706 Elm Street, Atlantic, Iowa in 1948.
Mary was baptized in the Lutheran faith.
Harm was born in Germany and settled on a farm near
Walnut, Iowa when he came to the United States at the age of 17. He came
to the U. S. with his parents.