Lee County Biographies

George A. Harms
Palmyra Twp. Twp.


George A. Harms Residence

This young and enterprising farmer is the owner of 110 acres situated on sections 3 and 4, Palmyra Twp, and 72 acres in another part of the township. A thrifty and judicious farmer, he has met with unusual success in tilling the soil, and has brought his property to a high state of cultivation. He was born in this township near where he now lives, on his father's old homestead, July 6, 1852, and was the oldest child in his father's family. He was reared and educated in his native place and has always resided here, having nothing cosmopolitan in his nature. His father, Anton Harms, who was born in Oldenburg Germany in August 1800 was descended from good old German stock and when he was young emigrated to this country, and after some time came to IL with the intention of securing a good home. He left his wife and family at Buffalo NY and before he returned from his western tour his wife had died.

Bringing his children with him, the father of our subject again came to IL and made a permanent settlement in Palmyra Township, this county. In this place he was united in marriage with Anna M. hector a native of the same place as her husband. She made the journey across the water when a young woman and came direct to this State. After marriage the parents of our subject lived in this township the remainder of their days, the death of the father occuring July 15, 1878. He was the possessor of 400 acres of land in this township, advocated the principles of the Democratic party and with his wife held membership in the Lutheran church.

Our subject was married in this township to Harriet Brauer, who was born in this county, August 30, 1860, and was reared and educated in Nelson Township. Her parents, Louis and Louisa (Tole) Brauer, natives of Germany, came to America before their marriage and met in Nelson Township.They lived on a farm in that township until the death of Mr. Brauer, when past middle life. The wife and mother now reside in Palmyra Township. She is a faithful and conscientious member of the Lutheran Church,a s was her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Harms are the parents of two children - Elsie A. and Paul B. They are members in good standing of the Lutheran Church and in politics he is a stalwart Republican.

Portraits & Biographical 1892 Pg 754

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