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Arends Family History

Gerdt Gertjes Arends, born March 14, 1824, in Noorden, Ostfriesland, came to America in 1846. Three weeks after his arrival in this country, he enlisted in Company E, Barnes' Missouri Battalion, under Gen. Sterling Prie, and served in the Mexican war. After that war he located in St. Louis, where he married Jantje Hinrichs Tatjes, January 11, 1849. Several months later they came to Quincy, where Mr. Arends followed his trade as carpenter, becomin foreman for John Bimson, in whose service he rained for many years, finally retiring to private life. Mrs. Arends died February 20, 1895, her husband followed her in death May 1, 1899. Gerhard G. Arends, born April 8, 1854, attended school until seventeen years of age, when he entered upon his business career in the office of Richard Jansen with the German Insurance Company of Quincy. Then he served in the employ of George W. Brown, also in the insurance business. Several years later he entered the Ricker Bank as assistant bookkeeper, and after two years became head bookkeeper, in which capacity he served for nine years. On account of ill health he resigned and for several years was connected with no active business enterprise. When the Quincy National Bank was organized in 1887, he was one of the incorporators and was appointed assistant cashier, in which capacity he served for years, and now is vice president, also one of the directors. In 1886 Gerhard G. Arends, married Caroline Bitter, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bitter. They have two children, Henry Gerhard, lieutenant in the American army in France; and Antoinette, wife of Wilmer B. Hedges, traveling salesman.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 391.

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