Three Hammes family members came from Ferschweiler, Germany, in the 1880s, settled in Meeker Co, MN. Ferschweiler is a small town in the Eifel just north of Trier, on the border, just 10 minutes from Echternach, Luxembourg. They were my grandfather, Johann Hammes, his brother Matthias Hammes and their sister Barbara Hammes Wenner. Another sister Katharina Hammes married Matthias Joseph Hofer in Sehlem, Germany. Some of their children migrated to Dunkirk, Chautauqua Co, NY and one of their daughters migrated to Mankato, MN in 1909 where Barbara Hammes Wenner was living. Matthias Hammes married Maria Gertrude Eichers and moved his family to Bluffton, Ottertail Co, MN. I have most of the family history of this branch of the Hammes family and will share with interested parties.