John Herman Bernau

28 May 1907–November 1977 (Age 70)
Jefferson Township, Madison, Iowa, United States

The Life of John Herman

When John Herman Bernau was born on 28 May 1907, in Jefferson Township, Madison, Iowa, United States, his father, Eberhardt Ebert Bernau, was 22 and his mother, Mary A. Pestotnik, was 26. He married Marguerite Marie Helphrey on 31 January 1929, in Newton, Jasper, Iowa, United States. He lived in Yell Township, Boone, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died in November 1977, in Ogden, Boone, Iowa, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Ogden, Boone, Iowa, United States.

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John Herman Bernau
Marguerite Marie Helphrey
Marriage: 31 January 1929

Spouse and Children

31 January 1929
Newton, Jasper, Iowa, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Eberhardt Ebert Bernau






    Albena Esther Agnes Bernau


World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 1

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 6

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 19

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

German: habitational name from any of several places called Bernau ( see Bernauer ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Herman Bernan in household of Mary Bernan, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Herman Bernan in household of Harvey F Helphrey, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Bernan in household of Ebert Bernan, "United States Census, 1910"

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