I was reading your Bender web page and found that I have some information about HENRY J. BENDER of Nokomis, IL that you could include in the page.

Henry J. Bender  b. Feb. 4, 1864  in St. Louis  
d. Jun 01 1952 in Nokomis, IL
buried Jul 04 1952 in Calvary Cemetary, Nokomis, IL
father: Franz Christopher Bender
mother: Kathine Lehr 

married Amalia (Mollie) KROEGER Oct 03, 1893 b. Feb 06 1868 d. Mar 15 1956 in Nokomis,IL father: Frank Kroeger, Sr. mother: Amelia Schrempp

One child; Genevieve Bender married Mr. Coen b. Dec 28, 1897 d. ?

The following is from book NOKOMIS CENTENNIAL 1856-1956:


"Henry J. Bender, in business in Nokomis 65 years, was born in St. Louis, MO, Feb 4 1864; he came to Nokomis in 1875 with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs Frank C. Bender who started a bakery and resturant in a frame building where Ann's Fashion shop is now located. He assisted his father for several years. In 1888 Mr Bender and the late John Hukill opened a grocery and dry goods store. He later became manager of the Planters Hay Compress Co., which he held for several years.

Mr. Bender then formed partnership with the late Nick Bentz in the elevator and grain business; after four years he purchased Mr Benz's interest and continued to operate alone until 1906 when he sold the elevator to the late H.J. Nobbe.

In 1906 Mr. Bender opened a coal yard, in the same location, and confined his business to reatailing coal exclusively until he sold the business in 1948 to the Nokomis Coal Company and retired from active business. His offiice, both for the elevator and coal business, was originally the first railroad depot in Nokomis.

Henry J. Bender was director of the Nokomis National Bank for 10 years, and a director of the Nokomis Building and Loan Association the same number of years, serving as President four years. He retired due to failing health. Mr Bender was an active member of the St. Louis Catholic Church and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2189.

In 1893 Mr. Bender and Miss Mollie Kroeger were united in marriage and their entire married life was spent in Nokomis unitl his death June 1, 1952 and her death March 15, 1956. both at age 88. Their one daugther, Genevieve, with her husband, Mr. Coen, resides in Nokomis. "

Michael Kroeger

Last updated Sept 19, 1997


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