My mother's maiden name was Alpers. Her father was Herman W. Alpers, who was born in Illinois in 1897 and died in Vinton, Iowa in 1961. His father was Henry who was born in 1863. I believe his father was also named Henry, and may have been the Henry Alpers referred to earlier posts (1841-1922). The trail gets pretty cold after that--do you have any information that might tie into my tree?