My grandfather was William Garms-married to Minnie Hanson Garms. Their family came to the US from Germany via Chicago. Henry Garms was born Jan 20 1855 in Germany the son of John J Garms. Henry came to America at age 17 and worked for several years in the Davenport, Ia area.
He married Mary Catherine Ruehl in Holstein, IA. In 1900, they moved to Round Lake township in Minnesota and lived there until retirement in 1918 when they moved to Lake Park, IA.
Children of Henry and Mary:
1 Emma Sophia married to Charles Wendel
children-Helen, Carl, Harold Rudolph
6 William--my grandfather
Fred lived in Bettendorf, Ia and he may be the connection. I would be very interested in receiving any photos you might have. Please contact me and my e-mail address.