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Herman Gerhard Albers was born on the 18th of March, 1868, on the old family homestead that was located where the village of Bendena now stands. The original residence occupied by the family was removed to that place from Elwood, Kansas, nearly forty years ago, a fact which classes the representative named with the pioneer settlers of the community. The subject of this review spent his boyhood and early manhood under the parental roof, and having acquired a good common-school education, near his home, supplemented his preliminary knowledge by a course of study in Midland College, at Atchison. He assisted in the work of the home farm and gave to the family the benefit of his service until the fall of 1890, when he began the cultivation of the Archer place, then owned by his father.

In October, 1894, at his father's request, he went to the West and spent the winter in Montana. His uncle, Gerhard Albers, is a wealthy ranchman living near Dillon, Montana, and it was with him that he remained during his stay in the Rockies. This was a novel and interesting experience to Mr. Albers, for his life up to that time had been spent upon the plains and the mountain scenery was entirely new to him. Travel always enlarges one's experience, increases his information and renders him better equipped for every duty of life. Accordingly Mr. Albers returned well fitted to take up the duties of farming in Doniphan county. He reached his home in February, 1895, and the following season carried on agricultural pursuits in Effingham, Atchison county, but on the 1st of March, 1896, removed to his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres, comprising the north half of the southwest quarter and the south half of the northwest quarter of section 1, township 3, range 19, in Wolf River township. Here he extended the field of his labor by engaging in the cattle business, and both as a farmer and stock-raiser is meeting with prosperity.

On the 25th of November, 1896, Mr. Albers was united in marriage to Lulu, a daughter of Joseph Howard, who came to Doniphan county in 1880. She was born October 16, 1874, and with her brother Roy constitutes her father's family. Mr. and Mrs. Albers are well known in the community where they reside and have many warm friends. He is a Republican in politics and exercises the right of franchise in support of the men and measures that he believes will prove beneficial to the public, yet never seeks office for himself. He is a progressive and practical young farmer of Doniphan county, well worthy of mention among the leading citizens of his community.