1>IED. ,,p,-/?e3 Mrs. Louise Bense was born in the city of Brunswick, Germany, August 28,1824. Her maiden name was L* Bartels. At the age of twenty-one she was united in marriage to Augustus Bense. Six children were bom to them. live of whom survive her: llelene, Wil¬ liam, August, John and Marie. Hei husband died in 1873. In the year oi 1851, she, with two children followed her husband, who preceeded them tt America, They settled on the farm oi Portage river, east of Elmore, knowr as the Bense homestead, and on which she died. The neighborhood was then an almost unbroken wilderness, and on account of her being homesick for her old home, the family returned to Ger¬ many in 1858 Conditions there ap¬ peared to her in a new light after hav¬ ing lived in the United States, so that in a few years the family returned to America and again settled in their former home, leaving, however, the two oldest children with their grandmother to attend school. These two followed their parents in 1863. Mrs. Bense never again longed to return to Germany. After an illness of only a few days, caused by a partial stroke of paralysis, complicated with pneumonia, she died on the 2Mh day of December, aged 7H years, four months and one day.
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