Henry H. Arends, was born in Mason County, Ill., February 15, 1874, and in 1875 came with his parents to Tazewell County, where he obtained his preliminary education in the country schools, supplemented by two terms in the public institutions of Pekin. He is the son of Herman H. Arends, a native of Amsterdam, Holland, born July 8, 1843, and Caroline Roelfs, a native of Germany, her birth occurring, February 8, 1853. The father and mother came to America, and, after the birth of their son, located on a farm one mile south of Pekin. The subject of this sketch remained with his parents until nineteen years of age, when he and a brother engaged in farming, a vocation they followed four years. In the meantime the father had entered the liquor business in Pekin, and Henry H., Jr., eventually abandoned agriculture and joined his father, in his mercantile venture. He remained thus engaged until 1901, when he himself opened a saloon at No. 300 Court Street, where he has since enjoyed a very lucrative trade. In social relations Mr. Arends is a member of the I. 0. R. M., the Crawfish and the Catholic Clubs. In politics he supports the Democratic party. Mr. Arends was married at Peoria, Ill., on September 4, 1901, to Miss Georgia Anna LaRash, born Oct. 21, 1880, and the fruit of this union is one child, Alpha Elmira, her birth occurring Nov. 27, 1902.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 972
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