Christian Kern

Galena Weekly Gazette, 11 May 1883, p3c5
Residence Burned

The two story brick house on South Street, owned by Chris Kern, caught fire between 9 and 10 o'clock Monday fornoon, from a defect in the chimney. The flames spread rapidly and soon enveloped the whole inside of the house. In a short time nothing but the walls was left. The greater part of the household furniture and other household effects was saved. The fire department was called out, but the engines could not get to the scene of the fire, nor could any assistance be rendered. The house was insured for $600 in a company represented by L. A. Rowley.

LeMars Sentinel, LeMars, (Plymouth), Iowa, Tuesday, September 12, 1911, Page 1, Column 3:
Had Charge of Cleveland Park for Many Years
Excellent Work for Posterity
Christian Kern, an Old and Highly Respected Citizen of LeMars, Passes to His Reward After an Illness of Several Weeks

Christian Kern died at his home on north Clarks street Friday, September 8th, at nine o'clock after an illness of several weeks.

Mr. Kern was born September 14, 1833, in Bodenhein, in Hesendormsteid, Germany, being nearly seventy-nine years old at the time of his death. Leaving his father, mother, brothers and sisters, he came to America when nineteen years of age to seek a new home, his only relative in this country being a cousin. He resided one winter in Elmira, N.Y. The following spring he moved to Galena, Ill. In 1853 he was united in marriage to Miss Fredrica Ayer {sic believed to be Geiger}. Five children were born to them, John, of Galena, Ill; Mrs. Mary Heller, of Dubuque, Iowa; Mrs. Lena McLaughlin and Chris, of Minneapolis, and Mrs. John Hoffman, who died in South Dakota nineteen years ago. Mr. Kern's wife died in 1865. In 1866 he was again united in marriage to Miss Mary McCrea, of Galena, Ill. This union was blessed with six children, one of whom died in infancy. Those living are, Mrs. George Simpson, Mrs. John Donahue, W.A. and D.R. Kern, of this city, and H.N. Kern, of White, South Dakota. Mr. Kern has made his home in LeMars since 1885, and well known by nearly everyone. He has been a very robust man until his health began gradually failing all summer, but still he could not be prevailed upon to give up his work until July 19th, when he was too ill to leave the house. He bore his pain uncomplainingly and was always cheerful and patient. He was tenderly cared for during his last illness by his aged wife and children, who deeply mourn a kind, true husband and a loving father.

Mr. Kern was highly respected by all those who knew him. He was custodian of Cleveland Park for several years and much of the beauty and picturesqueness of this pretty place is due to his efforts. He was a most pleasant and kindly neighbor, gifted with a sense of humor and friendly in word and deed.

The funeral was held on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church at two o'clock, services being conducted by the pastor, Rev. C.G. Butler. The pallbearers were I.S. Struble, C.E. Haas, Chris Fissel, Jacob Eberle, Louis Schafer, and ? Claerbout. H.N. Kern, of White Lake, South Dakota, Mr. and Mrs. John Hoffmann and daughter, Margaret, of Fedora, South Dakota, came to attend the funeral.

Christian Kern

Descendants of Christian Kern and Frederica Sophia Geiger

Son of Christian Kern and Frederica Sophia Geiger

Edward Christian Kern

Minnetonka Pilot (Mound) Thursday 5/25/39 page 1
C. Kern Drops Dead Tuesday

Chris Kern, 75, resident of Mound over 33 years, dropped dead while working in the village park Tuesday afternoon. Death due to a heart ailment from which he had been suffering throughout the winter months. For a time this winter he was confined to a Minneapolis hospital for treatment.

Mr. Kern was born in Galena, Ill. on Dec. 4th, 1863. For over 20 years he was proprietor of the Kern Hotel on Cooks Bay, mecca for tourists the world over and one of the most famous of Tonka's landmarks. Before owning the hotel he and his wife, who preceded him in death 12 years ago, managed the Martin and Bartlett hotels. For the past two years Mr. Kern had been custodian of the municipal park upon which he made many noteworthy improvements making the park one of the finest on the lake.

Surviving are two stepsons, Bob and George Robison of New York and Des. Moines, Ia., respectively; a stepdaughter, Naomi; a brother in Illinois; and two nephews, Jack and A. J. McGlaughlen, both of Minneapolis.

Final rites will be held from the Grace Memorial church at 1:30 Friday afternoon, May 26th, the Rev. Frank Bass, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will be in Mound cemetery. Pallbearers will include W. D. Spaulding, Lige Bowers, Bill Krause, Charles and Norman Beise. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Pearson and Peterson, Maple Plain.

Son of Christian Kern and Frederica Sophia Geiger

John Hugh Kern
Born 04 Jun 1863 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 15 Nov 1945 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

16 Nov 1945, The Galena Daily Gazette
John H. Kern Passes At His Home Last Night

Mr. John H. Kern passed away at his home last night at 424 N. High street, at 10:45 Tuesday evening, after a lingering illness, although only one week ago he became seriously ill.

Mr. Kern, aged 82, was born on June 4, 1863, in Galena, Illinois. He was the son of Christ and Sophia Kern. He was united in marriage July 16, 1889 to Harriet Bodell, at the First Presbyterian Church in Galena.

Mr. Kern had followed the plumbing trade for many years, working first with the C. A. Asmus & Son firm, and later with the John F. Myers Plumbing Company. The early part of his life was spent on the Mississippi River on the steamboats plying between St. Louis and Minneapolis. He spent many an hour relating to his many friends his experiences and his stories of the early life in the northwest portion if this territory.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Albert W., of Galena; and three daughters, Mrs. Les Ehret, of Galena, Mrs. R. J. Mann, and Harriet of Chicago. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one son, John, and two grandsons, Edward and Robert Kern, of whom he was very devoted. He is also survived by two half brothers, William, of LeMars, Iowa, and Nicholas, of Portland, Oregon.

His entire life was spent in Galena and vicinity. He was admired and respected by his many friends, especially the young people with whom he came in contact.

Mr. Kern is resting at Bertsch Funeral Home where friends may call after 10 o' clock on Saturday morning. Funeral services will be held from the Bertsch Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2 o' clock with Reverend John Hodgson officiating. Interment will be made in Greenwood Cemetery.

John's wife

Harriet Bodell-Kern
Born 10 Oct 1872 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 15 Oct 1953 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Galena Gazette, 20 Oct 1953
Kern Funeral Held Sunday

The funeral service for Mrs. John (Harriet) Kern was held on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Nash Funeral Home with the Rev. John Hodgson, minister of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was made in the family lot in Greenwood Cemetery. A. W. Kuchemann, G. R. Eggleston, Charles McDermott, Harry Green, Ronald Northcraft, and Elmer Thies were the casketbearers.

Mrs. John Kern (see Harriet Bodell) was born in Galena on October 10, 1872, the daughter of Hugh and Margaret (Bruce) Bodell. She spent most of her life in Galena. She received her education in the Galena Public school and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. In June 1889 {sic, marriage record shows 18 Jul 1889) she was united in marriage to John Kern of Galena.

Mrs. Kern was visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. J. Mann in Chicago, when she became ill and was taken to the Garfield Park Community Hospital where she passed away at 12:45 on Thursday afternoon, October 15, 1953 at the age of 81 years and 5 days. Death resulted from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Surviving are a son and three daughters, Albert W. Kern, L. W. (Pearl) Ehret, Galena; R. J. (Marjorie) Mann, Chicago and Harriet Kern of Galena. Mrs. Kern was the youngest member of a family of ten children. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and five brothers. Also preceding her in death were her husband; a son, John, Jr.; and two grandsons, Edward and Robert Kern. Relatives and friends from out of town attending the services included: Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Mann, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Vandervate, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Henderson, Mrs. Etta McLaughlin, Mrs. Florence Rafferty Fernold, Mrs. Genevieve Rafferty Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lucas, Dubuque, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bodell, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Strohmeyer, Mrs. Edgar Shores, and Mrs. Andrew matz, Rockford, Ill; Mrs. Celia Rothery, Dixon, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Neil Kinney, Hanover, Ill.; Mrs. Harry VandeDrink, Elizabeth, Ill,; Betty Wolf, Mr. and Mrs, Charles Wolf and Mary Wolf, Dyersville, Ia.

Son of John Hugh Kern and Harriet Bodell

Albert William Kern
Born in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Galena Gazette, 30 Mar 1961

Albert W. Kern, 70, a lifelong resident of Galena, died at his residence Tuesday afternoon, March 21, after a short illness.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 24, at 2pm at the Nash Funeral Home with the Rev. John Hodgson officiating. Casket bearers were Alfred Kuchemann, Charles McDermott, Harry Green, Bernard Dunkel, Robert Bainbridge and Leo Hemp. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Born in Galena on September 7, 1890, he was a son of the late John and Harriet Bodell Kern. He received his education in the Galena Public Schools. In 1910 he was married to Edna Watts in Galena. He was employed by the Standard Cigar Company of Galena for a number of years until taking a position with the Northern States Power Company on August 6, 1923. On July 1, 1950 he became affiliated with the Northwest Illinois Gas and Electric Company, where he was an engineer until his retirement August 31, 1955. Since his retirement he has worked for the Galena Heating and Sheet Metal works until last fall.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Galena, the Wildey Lodge No. 5, I.O.O.F., the Blackhawk Aerie No. 952, F.O.E., and the International Electric Workers Union.

His wife preceded him in death on February 22, 1951. He is survived by three sisters; Mrs. Leslie (Pearl) Ehret, and Miss Harriet Kern, of Galena, and Mrs. Richard (Marjorie) Mann of Chicago. Besides his wife, two sons, Robert and Edward, and one brother John, preceded him in death.

Son of Albert William Kern and Edna C Watts

Edward Albert Kern
Born 17 Feb 1913 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 12 May 1917 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Galena Daily Gazette, 12 May 1917


Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Kern of North Main Street were called upon this morning, May 12, at 9:40 o'clock, to part with their only child, Edward Albert, four years and three months of age.

Though lad though not strong was not seriously ill until about two weeks ago and despite the care of the best medical attention and the loving attention of his parents and grandparents, God's will was done.

The child was adored by all and his every want was attended to. He was of a cheerful disposition and had many friends who extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

The funeral will be held Monday afternoon. Services at the house will be conducted by Rev. L. W. Warren of the First Presbyterian church, commencing at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be made in Greenwood Cemetery.

Daughter of John Hugh Kern and Harriet Bodell

Pearl M Kern-Ehret
Born 10 Nov 1892 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 10 Oct 1981 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 11 Oct 1981

Mrs Pearl Ehret, 88, of 113 Dodge St, died Saturday afternoon at the Strauss Hospital in Galena. Mrs. Ehret was the widow of Leslie Ehret, who died July 11, 1970. She had no immediate survivors. Services will be 1pm Monday at the Steinke Funeral Home. Friends may call from 7 to 9pm today.

Galena Gazette, 14 Oct 1981

Mrs. Pearl K. Ehret, 88, of 113 Dodge St., Galena, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 1981 at the Galena-Strauss Hospital.

Born Nov. 10, 1892 in Galena she was the daughter of the late John and Harriet Bodell Kern. She was the widow of Leslie Ehret who died July 11, 1970.

She was employed as a secretary for Northern States Power Co. for many years and later at the circuit clerk's prior to her retirement.

There are no immediate survivors.

Services were held at 1pm Monday, Oct. 12, at the Steinke Funeral Home with the Rev. William Harnish, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dallas Macguire, James Nack, David Davis, James Winter, Charles Branagan, and David Patterson. Steinke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Leslie William Ehret, husband of Pearl M Kern
Born 13 May 1894 in Iowa
Died 11 Jul 1970 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Galena Gazette, 16 Jul 1970

Leslie W. Ehret died Saturday afternoon, July 11, at his residence, 113 S. Dodge St.

He was employed for many years as an accountant for Northern States Power Company, Galena, and St. Paul Divisions. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the Army.

He is survived by his wife Pearl and one sister, Gretchen Ehret. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Michael's Catholic Church Tuesday at 10am with Father William Morrisey officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Casket bearers were L. B. Korte, James Winters, Albert Stoffregen, Delbert Bartsch, Jack Genz, and Donald Connors. Nash-Schmadeke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Daughter of John Hugh Kern and Harriet Bodell

Harriet B Kern
Born 24 Dec 1900 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 13 Jun 1968 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Galena Gazette, 20 Jun 1968

Miss Harriet B. Kern, of 424 North High Street, Galena, died Thursday morning, June 13, at Northwestern Illinois Community Hospital after a short illness.

She was a daughter of the late John Hugh and Harriet Bodell Kern. She worked in Chicago for a number of years for the Grennan Bakery Company until she retired and returned to Galena about 15 years ago. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Galena.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Leslie (Pearl) Ehret, of Galena, and Mrs. Richard (Marjorie) Mann, of Chicago. Besides her parents, two brothers, preceded her in death.

Private funeral services were held Saturday, June 15, at 2:00pm at the Nash-Schmadeke Funeral Home with Rev. John Hodgson, minister.

Daughter of John Hugh Kern and Harriet Bodell

Mary M "Lena" Kern-Huber-McLaughlin
Born 01 Nov 1865 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 27 Oct 1935 in Minneapolis Hennepin, Minnesota

Minneapolis Tribune

McLaughlin--Mary M., age 69, 701 Laurel Ave., passed away Sunday. Survived by two sons, John and Andrew A., a sister and two brothers. Funeral services Tuesday morning at 8:30 from the residence; at 9 o'clock. Basilica of St. Mary. Interment St. Mary's cemetery.

Death of Mrs. McLaughlin (from the Basilica of St. Mary's in Minneapolis)

Mrs. Mary McLaughlin, matron in charge of the school cafeteria for twenty years, died suddenly on Sunday, October 27, 1935.

Mrs. Mac, as she was familiarly known to many generations of the parish school children, was a native of Galena, Illinois, a convert to the faith at the time of her marriage at the age of eighteen, and a widow with two sons four years later. She was a member of the Basilica parish for over a quarter of a century. During her years in the cafeteria she was absent from her post of duty only one day, the Wednesday of her last week on earth.

The Solemn High Mass of Requiem was celebrated by Father Reardon assisted by the priests of the parish in presence of the Most Revered Bishop Liston of Auckland, New Zealand, the pupils of the school and a large congregation of the parishioners. After the absolution the coffin was borne to the hearse through a guard of honor composed of the school children massed on the front steps of the church. The remains were interred in St. Mary's cemetery.

NOTE: Lena was "farmed out" to the Huber family as a cook when but a child and learned to become a world-class cook, according to her granddaughter.

At the end of the first World War the people of the parish gave of their gold ornaments and precious stones to be incorporated into the "Liberty Chalice" as a Thanksgiving offering. On December 21, 1932, it was enriched by the addition of two diamonds from earrings donated by Mrs. Mary McLaughlin, matron of the cafeteria for many years.

Lena's husband

John W McLaughlin
Born abt 1861 in Illinois
Died 08 Feb 1892 in or near Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Galena Gazette, 8 Feb 1892

John McLaughin Instantly Killed in a Runaway Accident

John McLaughin, a teamster employed by J. M. Ryan, was instantly killed at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon. He had started from the Illinois Central freight depot with a load and reached the corner of Johnson street when his team took fright from some unknown cause. After running about 200 yards they brought up against a telegraph pole at the east end of the Green street bride. The hapless driver was in the act of jumping when the wagon collided with the pole. His body was caught between the front wheel of the wagon and the pole, and his life was literally crushed out. He was released almost immediately by Peter Lilley, the watchman at the railroad crossing on Johnson street but he was already dead. There was a terrible cut on his head, but the death was caused by crushing of the chest and abdomen. The wagon was heavily freighted with tin covers for lard pails. The body was taken to his home on the hill.

The unfortunate man was about 30 years of age and was sober and industrious. He was a son of Andrew McLaughlin. He leaves a wife and several small children.

ORAL HISTORY from his granddaughter: He was driving a rig with horses pulling it on a cold, snowy, icy day when some kids threw snowballs, scared the horses, and the rig slid downhill into a pole. They took him home and he died in his mother's arms.

Their sons

John Joseph McLaughlin
Born 05 Jul 1887 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 21 Jul 1945 in Minneapolis Hennepin, Minnesota

McLaughlin--John J., age 59, res. 1616 Linden ave. Survived by one brother, A. A. McLaughlin, 2 nieces, Rita and Jeanne McLaughlin, all of Mpls. Funeral Monday, 7:30am from Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 8 o'clock at the Basilica. Interment St. Mary's.

Andrew A. McLaughlin
born 20 Dec 1889 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
died 01 May 1961 in Minneapolis Hennepin, Minnesota

Minneapolis Tribune Wednesday 5/3/61 page 25

McLAUGHLIN-- Andrew A., 5321 Park Av. Survived by wife, Katherine; 2 daughters, Mrs. Howard (Rita) Gruber and Mrs. Jack (Jeanne) Barron, all of Mpls.; 3 grandchildren. Requiem High Mass 9:30 a.m. Friday, Church of Resurrection. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery. Rosary 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Waterson Funeral Home, 4343 Nicollet Ave., TA5-4567. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Christian Kern's Second Wife, Mary Ann McCrea, and Their Family...

Mary Ann McCrea-Kern
Born 10 May 1843 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 01 Jan 1913 in Le Mars, Plymouth, Iowa

LeMars Sentinel, LeMars, (Plymouth), Iowa
Friday, January 3, 1913, Page 1, Column 5:

End Came Suddenly on New Years Day
Had Suffered Much from Asthma
The Deceased Was a Native of Illinois, Where She Was Born Nearly Seventy Years Ago--Leaves a Number of Sons and Daughters

Mrs. Christian Kern, residing on north Clarke Street, died at ten o'clock on Wednesday evening. She had been a sufferer from asthma and heart trouble for some time and was very sick a few weeks ago but had rallied since Christmas and the end came suddenly and was a great shock to her relatives.

Mrs. Kern was an old resident of LeMars, coming here with her husband and family in 1885 and living here continuously since that time.

Her maiden name was Mary A. McCrea. She was born at Galena, Ill, on May 10, 1843, and was united in marriage at that place with Christian Kern in 1866. Six children were born to this union, one of whom died in infancy. Those left to mourn their mother are, Mrs. Geo. Simpson, Will A. Kern, Mrs. John Donahue, David R. Kern, of this city, and H.N. Kern, of White, South Dakota. She also leaves three stepchildren, Mrs. Lena McLaughlin and Chris Kern, of Minneapolis, and John Kern, of Galena, Ill.

Her husband, Christian Kern, died in this city on September 8, 1911. She grieved deeply over his death and never fully recovered from the shock and parting.

Mrs. Kern was a good Christian woman, a loving and affectionate mother and was highly respected by a large circle of friends and neighbors.

Relatives at a distance were notified by telegram of her death and funeral arrangements are not definitely settled until word is received from them.

The funeral will be held at the late home on Saturday afternoon, Rev. C.G. Butler officiating.

Daughter Mary Catherine Kern-Simpson
Born 19 Jul 1868 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 13 Mar 1919 in Le Mars, Plymouth, Iowa

From the LeMars Sentinel, LeMars, (Plymouth), Iowa
Friday, March 14, 1919, Page 1, Columns 1-2:
Mrs. George Simpson, A Resident of LeMars Since Girlhood,
Succumbs to Illness of a Week--Leave Husband and Three Children.

Mrs. Simpson, wife of George Simpson, residing at 1005 Cedar street, died yesterday morning after an illness of a week from influenza and other complications.

Mrs. Simpson was a resident of LeMars nearly all her life, coming here when a girl with her parents.

Mrs. Simpson was fifty years of age at the time of her death. Her maiden name was Mary Catherine Kern and she was born at Galena, Ill., on July 19, 1868. When she was a girl of eleven her parents moved to LeMars, in 1879 and this has been the family home since. She attended the public schools here and helped in the home work. She was united in marriage with George Simpson on October 16, 1892. To their union six children were born, one, a girl, Mary, dying in infancy. Chris and Will died eight years ago within a day or two of each other*. Three children, with the father, are left to mourn her death. They are Frank, May and Gladys. She is also survived by her brothers, Will Kern, of this city, Nicholas Kern, of Portland, Oregon; and a sister, Mrs. John Donahoe, of LeMars; two half brothers, Chris Kern of St. Paul; John Kern of Galena, Ill.; and a half sister, Lena Laughlin, of St. Paul, Minn.

Mrs. Kern (error--Simpson) was a member of the Presbyterian church having affiliated with that denomination in 1892. She was a faithful wife and a good mother and an unremittent toiler in the home and for the welfare of her husband and children. She never fully recovered from the blow she suffered in the death of her two sons, Chris and Will, who were high school youths when stricken and died within a few hours of each other*.

The funeral arrangements had not been made last evening as the family are awaiting word from relatives at a distance.

Later--The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock on Saturday from the home on Cedar street.

(*Note--William John died July 3, 1910 and Chris August 16, 1910.)

Son William Christian Kern
Born 31 Mar 1871 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 14 Sep 1948 in Le Mars, Plymouth, Iowa

LeMars Daily Sentinel

Funeral Services Were This Afternoon for Longtime Resident

William C. Kern passed away on Tuesday morning at his home, 335 2nd Ave. N.W., after a sickness of several months. He was born at Galena, Illinois, on March 31, 1871, and came to LeMars when a young man, spending the greater part of his life here. He was employed for a number of years by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and later worked for Schneider-Bowers Department Store. Of late, he had been employed at the Aalfs-Baker Mfg. Company. He was united in marriage to Ella Shoemaker at Sioux City on March 9, 1914.

Survivors are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. George (June) Jennings of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mrs. Clyde (Helen) Coppock and Mrs. Stanley (Lois) Tindall, both of LeMars, four grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. John Donahue of LeMars.

Funeral services were held at Luken's Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. and at the First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Rev. George Jennings and Rev. Frank Anderson officiating. Burial was in the City Cemetery, under the direction of Luken's Funeral Home.

Daughter Margaret Elizabeth Kern-Donahoe
Born 14 Jan 1874 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 02 Apr 1950 in Le Mars, Plymouth, Iowa

LeMars Sentinel, LeMars, (Plymouth)
Tuesday, April 4, 1950, Page 6, Column 5:

Mrs. M. E. Donahoe, Mrs. Ed O'Connor's Mother Died Sunday

Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Donahoe died at the Sacred Heart hospital Sunday, April 2, after an illness of 10 days. The well known LeMars resident was 76 years of age at the time of her death.

Mrs. Donahoe was born in Galena, Ill., Jan. 14, 1874 and moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kern, to Carnes when she was 12 years old. She later moved to LeMars and has made her home there ever since.

Margaret Elizabeth Kern married John Donahoe in Sioux City and to this union were born one son and one daughter, Jack and Mrs. Ed (Sis) O'Connor. Mrs. Donahoe has made her home with her daughter in LeMars for the past eight years.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at Wiltgen's funeral home and burial will be in the city cemetery.

Mrs. Donahoe was preceded in death by her husband and her son Jack. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Ed O'Connor, and seven grandchildren.

Son Henry Nicholas Kern
Born 15 Feb 1876 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 19 Jun 1947 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon

Oregonian Sunday 6/22/47 page 3 of classified

KERN--June 19, Henry N. (Nick), aged 71 yrs, of 2441 SE Taylor, father of Robert W., George C., Mary M. Kern, and Mrs. Lois I. Taylor. Friends invited to attend funeral service Monday June 23, 10 A.M. under the auspice of the Roosevelt lodge No. 187, AF&AM, at the Davy Sunnyside Funeral Home, SE Belmont at 35th. Interment Lincoln Memorial Park.

Son David Richard Kern
Born 16 May 1878 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 13 Dec 1918 in Le Mars, Plymouth, Iowa

LeMars Sentinel, LeMars, (Plymouth), Iowa
Tuesday, December 17, 1918, Page 1, Column 7:
Was a Resident Here For Thirty-five Years.

David R. Kern, a resident of LeMars since his babyhood days, died on Friday night at the home of his brother, Wm. Kern, 401 Clark Street, after a week's illness of influenza followed by pneumonia.

David Kern came to LeMars when five years old with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kern, now deceased in 1883 and lived here since. He attended the LeMars schools and after leaving school worked at various occupations and was employed for several years by the local telephone company.

Dave was handicapped through life by a severe illness suffered when a baby which left him partially crippled in his limbs. In spite of this he worked and was cheerful under all circumstances and was faithful and honest in his undertakings.

David Richard Kern was born at Galena, Ill., May 16, 1878, and came here with his parents in May 1883.

He leaves to mourn his death his two sisters, Mrs. Geo. Simpson, Mrs. John Donahoe, LeMars, and two brothers, Will Kern of LeMars, and Nic Kern, of Oregon City, Oregon, his half brothers John Kern, Galena, Ill.; Chris Kern, of Minneapolis, and a half sister, Mrs. John McLaughlin, of Minneapolis.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the Beely undertaking parlors, Rev. C. G. Butler, of Sac City, a former minister of the Presbyterian church here, conducting the service.

Submitted by Christa Hughes.