Thank you so much for my great grandfather's obit.
My grandmother Theresa Hauch, married einer larsen who immigrated march 16, 1910, most likely at 20 years of age.
He came from Odder Denmark, but it was said he was born in copenhagen. He was a cobbler. He refused to teach his sons the trade as he wanted them to have a better life. Grandpa fought in many major battles during world one 1. He is buried in the military cemetary on arsenal island, in Illinois, along with grandma.(Theresa Hauch). When Theresa was 16, she left rib lake and joined her older sister mary in mpls. to work as a waiter. She was promoted to cashier and that is how she met einer, her future (cantankerous) husband, who was about 13 years older that her.
Grandfather (theresa's husband) changed his name to george emil henning. he did this because as "einer larsen", everyone thought he was a swede.They had 3 children, a boy named donald,a daughter joyce, and my dad, george emil henning jr.They had relocated to rock island, illinois by then where they stayed until their death. My father george was vice president and director of admissions at Augustana college for many years. He still resides there and just had his 80th birthday.
My grandma theresa had a fine wit about her. She liked her husbands original name better than his new one. Her first son was born healthy and grandpa wanted a son named after him. she refused. when dad was born, he had jaundice and they thought he probably wouldn't make it. so she volunterred to name him george sr.and...to their surprise...he lived. For years through her 80's and 90's they would together tell the story about how she thought she could bury the name with the child. She was quite the wonderful character and her stories go on and on!
My dad George in late adulthood nearly died 3 times from a blocked intestine. 2 out of 3 of those times required lifesaving surgery. Dad thinks that this is probably how Herman Hauch passed away as he remembers shortly before he passed, the poor guy said something to his wife like..."if i could just go to the bathroom, i feel like I would be fine." (told to him by grandma)
Now, keep in mind grandpa henning didn't like swedes more than a little bit. i imagine probably because of the wars denmark and sweden had.
Dad in turn married my mom..."jeannine Johnson" a full blooded swede. There was a large population of swedes that settled in illinois. Evidently, the danish swede combination didn't work too well for them either, as they divorced after having 3 children... my older sister jeanne, myself, and my younger brother bill(william). Jeanne now has 4 children(one adopted from korea)My brother has 2 children. And I have 2 dogs!
Mom's grandmother hulda swanson, immigrated from smoland sweden, an area of extreme poverty, nov, 29, 1893.
She came to the usa at age 16, alone, but with a group of girls who arrived to be servants and start a better life. Hulda had a servant position waiting for her in chicago... the city it is said...was founded by a mass immigration of swedes who came in at least 3 great waves due to famine all around.
There is a little bit of family history for you!
and thank you!