Updated:6 july 2024

Bernhardina Merkel

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Bernhardina Merkel

Born: 10 Jan 1830 Langenbrand, Baden, Germany and aied: 23 Oct 1907 Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas. Her Husband was Marcus Hurla Born: 19 Apr 1822 Germany and died: 22 Dec 1893 Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas

Here is a link to Bernhardina Merkel.

Bernhardina was born in  Langenbrand, Germany on the 10 of Jan. 1830and died: 23 Oct 1907 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas. She was the 6th child of Valentine Merkel and Maria Anna Gertsner.

Emigration:  She sailed with her parents and the rest of her brothers and sisters on the 9th of  Nov. 1851. They made the journey on the ship called the "Splendid" and arrived at the Port of  New York on the 10 of Dec. 1851.

Bernhardina is the second wife of Marcus Hurla.

This is a link to Marcus Hurla on the Search Page. It will show both families of Marcus. His first wife was Frances Propst and his second wife was Bernhardina Merkel

All the following information on the Hurla families
was provided by Carolyn Grover in May 1999.

The following article appeared In the Wyandotte Herald in Kansas City on October 24, 1907 Thursday,  front page

"Mrs. Bernadena Hurla died in her home North Seventh street and Nebraska avenue yesterday morning after an illness of two weeks, age 80 years.

She was born in Baden, Germany and came to America in her girlhood days and settled in Rochester N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Hurla came to Kansas City more than half a century ago. She was the widow of Marcus Hurla who died 14 years ago. Soon after the civil war they bought the Dawson Farm which lay immediately south of the Quindaro Boulevard and west of the eight street and is now a handsome residence district of the city.

Mrs. Hurla was a devout Catholic, hard working and industrious. She leaves three sons Theodore, Louis, Marcus and four daughters Mollie, Lena Andlauer, Mary dress, Sister Colista(Rosa).

Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony's Church next Monday morning at nine o'clock.
(St Anthony's is in Kansas City, Kansas.)"

The following newspaper article is from the Wyandotte Herald in Kansas City dated December 28, 1893 front page.

"Marcus Hurla, one of the oldest and wealthiest of our German-American citizens, died at his home, On the comer of Seventh Street and Nebraska Avenue at 11:25 P.M. on Friday last after an illness of some two weeks duration. Some years ago while engaged in harrowing his team ran away and he was caught by the harrow and dragged some distance receiving injuries from which he never fully recovered. Monday he had a surgical operation performed but it failed to relieve him.

Mr Hurla was born in Baden Germany April 19th, 1821, and came to America in 1849, and settled in Rochester N.Y., where he married and his wife died giving birth to his son Theodore. He then married Miss Bernidina Merkel in 1953 and shortly after moved to Chicago where he resided until 1856 when he came to Kansas City, MO.

He was the father of eight children by his last wife, two of whom are now dead. The others are Louis, Marcus, Amelia, Lena Andlauer, Mary Drees, Sister Rosa, who is a sister of the St. Benedict order at Atchison, Kansas.

Mr Hurla accumulated a snug fortune and a few years ago abandoned farming and moved into the city since when he has taken the world easy, fully assured that he has the means to support himself and family in ease and comfort. He was a quiet, peaceable citizen, never interfering in the affairs of other people. His wife of 40 years still survives, He was buried from St.Anthony Church in Kansas City, Kansas yesterday morning."

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