Newspaper Unknown February 1928

John Behrends Tobiassen, a prominent and highly respected citizen of Menard County died at the home of William Tobiassen near Fancy Prairie, Wednesday evening, February 15, 1928 at 6:40 o'clock, aged 80 years 2 months and 24 days.

He was born November 22, 1827, in Marx East Friesland, Germany, and came to America in 1868, since which time he resided continually in Menard County.

On February 17, 1878, he was married to Miss Mary Williams, to this union eleven children were born all of whom survive. His wife died November 11, 1816.

He is survived by seven sons, Jerry of Palmyra, John of Athens, Henry of Petersburg, William, Harmon, Thomas and Harry, all of Fancy Prairie; four daughters, Mrs. Anna Johnson of Middletown, Mrs. Dora Ackerman of Williamsville, Mrs. Grace Falkers and Mary Tobiassen of Fancy Prairie; twenty grandchildren and one sister, 94 years old, who resides in Germany.

Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Ackerman at 11 o'clock and at the Evangelical Lutheran church at noon, Saturday, February 18, Rev. J. G. Kaiser officiating.

Interment was made in Hall cemetery.

Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett


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