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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - John Lewis Schwemm

John Lewis Schwemm
Born - Jan 13, 1871
Died - August 21, 1947

Barrington Courier-Review
Thursday, August 28, 1947

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the funeral home, 149 West Main Street, Barrington, for John Schwemm, 76, well-known and familiar figure of this community. He died suddenly Thursday, August 21 of heart disease.

Schwemm was born on a farm four miles south of Barrington January 13, 1871 and lost both of his parents before he had reached his 13th birthday. He lived on with his brothers and sisters, doing work on the neighboring farms until 1894, when he and his brother Herman started a farm implement business, which was carried on successfully for 23 years.

When the livery business was discontinued, Schwemm did teaming in Barrington, he and his team being known and loved by local residents. In November of 1946 the team was sold and Schwemm retired.

In 1900 he married Gertrude Meyer of Barrington, and from this union there were two children, Earl Schwemm of this village and Ruth Schwemm Hardarce of Highland Park. His widow and children survive him as well as four grandsons, John, Richard and Robert Schwemm and Phillip Hardacre.

Also surviving are a brother William of Crystal Lake and two sisters, Mrs. William Schnetlage of Barrington and Mrs. William Lyons of Chicago.

Schwemm, who lived at 111 East Liberty Street, had a happy and friendly attitude toward life and people. He found pleasure in simple things, and much of his enjoyment came in doing for others. He was genuine and sincere, and carried a youthful viewpoint throughout his 76 years.

Both Reverends Bertam G. Swaney of the Methodist Church and Christian J. Doenecke, formerly pastor of the Methodist Church presided at the funeral services.

Internment was in the Evergreen cemetery. Emil Schwemm, Clifford Schwemm, Malcom Lyons, Frank Miller, Spencer Boehmer and Russell Smith, nephews of Schwemm, were pallbearers.

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