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Harm

Heinke Willms
Birth Date:

August 1, 1872

Birth Location:

Germany

Death Date:

January 17, 1961

Death Location:

Iowa

Burial:

Atlantic Cemetery
Atlantic, Iowa

Parents
Father
Heink Hayung Willms
(1833-1915)
Mother
Lucke Tebben Harms
(1838-1922)
 
Three Half Siblings on Father's Side
1
Henry
Willms

1860-1940
2
Hilke
Willms

1862-1920
3
Antje
Willms

1864-?
     
Two Half Siblings on Mother's Side
1
Anna
Eimen

1860-1862
2
Tebbe
Eimen
1862-1940
 
Eight Full Siblings
1
Tomke

Willms

1867-?
2
Heik

Willms

1870-1947
3
Harm

Willms

1872-1961
4
Jabo

Willms

1872-1958
       
5
Tomma
Willms

1873-1909
6
Eilt

Willms

1874-?
7
Anna

Willms

1877-1969
8
Jacob

Willms

1882-1951
       
Marriage

Harm Willms married Mary Schlicht
on March 16, 1898 in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.

 

Children
1
John H.
Willms
1901-1981
2
Maggie
Willms
1902-1968
   
Notes

* 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, Mississippi, 

*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.

Sources
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Gary gplagmann@hotmail.com

 

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