Henry F. Bahlman

Age: 83 years, 11 months

“Henry Frederick Bahlman”

DOB: October 6, 1862
Eagle Lake, Will County, IL, USA

DOD: September 6, 1946
Chicago Heights, Cook County, IL, USA


Hans Heinrich Christoph (Henry) & Dorothea (Harste) Bahlman resizedSon of Hans Heinrich Christoph and Dorothea (nee Harste) Bahlman

Bahlmann Family Coat of Arms

Bahlmann Family Coat of Arms

Brother to: Mary (John Herman), Caroline “Lena” Bahlman, Johann H. (Anna L. Wehrmann), William F. (Ora M Robinson), Charles H. (Wilhelmine Sophia M. “Minnie” Schweer) Bahlman

Husband of Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman,
married May 25, 1890,  Eagle Lake, IL

Father to:  Lillian (Dr. Henry H. Wegert),  Lora  (Arthur A. Hinze), Henry W. (Marguerite Toleson Greenfield),  Carolyn Marie Bahlman, Donald W. (Martha Jo Mitchell), Ferne (William R. Hildeman) Bahlman

Lifelong member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Eagle Lake, IL. He also served as Church Deacon.

Henry F. Bahlman

Henry was the first man in Will County to import thoroughbred Percheron Horses directly from France.

His reputation as a judge of horses and his knowledge of veterinary matters was known throughout the county, and his advice was sought by hundreds of people.

In addition to his many accomplishments, he was a member of the School District Board, Washington Township Supervisor, Assessor and Justice of the Peace, an Officer and member of the Board of The Crete Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and Director and President of the Eagle Lake Brick & Tile Works.



 JULY 29, 1910


Is Meeting With Gratifying Encouragement in Every Section

Will Undoubtedly Receive Solid Vote in Washington

H.F. Bahlman, candidate for the Republican nomination for county clerk, is just about Henry F. Bahlmanthe busiest man in Will County, just now, canvassing in the interest of his campaign, he reports that he is meeting with gratifying encouragement in every section he visits.

Mr. Bahlman is too well known to our readers to need an introduction as to his life’s history. He is known for his honesty and integrity, and is well qualified to assume the duties of the office he aspires to.

Every voter in the town of Washington and Village of Beecher–Mr. Bahlman’s home–should favorably consider his candidacy, not for the one reason that he is a home candidate, but because he is the only candidate for a county office in the eastern part of Will County, and because he is admirably fitted for the office of county clerk.



H.F. Bahlman transports farmers 1913In August of 1913, about 350 farmers listened to a representative from the Will County Crop and Soil Improvement Assoc. Speakers urged farmers to plow under their clover crop instead of harvesting it, thus providing fertilizer to the soil for higher corn yields. H.F. Bahlman, H.F. Thielman, Ed Rump, and Welton Ehrardt were among the Beecher farmers who filled 75 automobiles for a tour of Will County farms that day.



 MARCH 27, 1914


Defeats Salzman in Caucus for Supervisor Last Saturday

Bernhard Wins as Collector and Wehrman as Assessor

H.F. Bahlman will represent Washington Township on the county board, winning by a large majority at the Republican caucus held, Saturday afternoon, at the Clark-Struve hall. The contest for which great interest and the result was eagerly awaited. Both gentlemen ran on a Republican ticket and both asked the support of the Republicans. Mr. Bahlmann promises to work to the interest of the township on the board and in accord with the wishes of those who voted for him. The caucus is the only one held in the township and the choice is usually decisive.

Here are the results of the caucus:
H.F. Bahlman……….202
R.G. Salzman……….161
Fred Wehrman Sr….180
Fred E. Heldt……….167
Fred Bernhard………198
Rudolph Pomrehn…159
Clerk – Frank Hunte (no opposition)
Commissioner of Highways – William Buhr (no opposition)
Constables – Fred Hartman, Henry Hack (no opposition)

Carl Ehrardt, chairman of the caucus, gave a short talk explaining the proposed bonding of the township for hard roads, which was intently listened to by the citizens and evidently met the approval of a large majority present, as many voluneered to sign the petition.

The caucus was one of the largest held in Beecher in years, nearly all voters of the township participating.

 BEECHER HERALD – AUGUST 19, 1920 Henry F Bahlman 1920



SEPTEMBER 12, 1946


Death marked the finish to the careers of two men, whose aggressiveness and resulting accomplishments are vividly recalled by citizens of this community. They were men of action and pioneers in many respects in their activity in civic and business life in this community.

Series Of Strokes Prove Fatal To Henry F. Bahlman At 83

Funeral services for Henry F. Bahlman, outstanding farmer and prominent citizen of this community for many years, Sunday afternoon, at the Hack Funeral Home and following at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at Eagle Lake, were conducted by Rev. Carl F. Selle. Interment was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

The deceased, who had been making his home with his daughter in Chicago Heights, suffered a stroke two years ago. A second stroke, March 3, made hospitalization necessary; and a third stroke, six weeks ago, finally brought a close at 8:00 o’clock, Friday morning, a long, full life, at the age of 83 years and 11 months.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Henry Wegert, Chicago and Mrs. Arthur Hinze and Mrs. William Hildeman of Chicago Heights: two sons, Dr. Henry and Donald W., four grandchildren and a great grandson; also a sister, Miss Lena Bahlman; and the following in-laws: Mrs. M. Bahlman, Mr. & Mrs. Gust Hahn and Ferdinand Oberheide. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Carolyn, who died in 1924; and his good wife, who passed away in Sept. 1934.

Henry F and Emma's farmhouse Eagle Lake before 1922Mr. Bahlman was united in marriage with Emma Wehmhoefer, May 25, 1890. For many years he successfully operated a farm in the Eagle Lake community. Throughout his career, he was active in both church and civic affairs, having been a member of his district school board and supervisor and justice of the peace of Washington Township. He also served for a long period as an officer and member of the board of the Crete Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

In closing, we quote a member of his family in the tribute: “Dad will live in our memories always for the inspiration he was to us in our formative years, with his progressive ideas, the courage with which he met the challenge of life, his readiness to help a friend in trouble, and finally for his unwavering confidence to his very end in our integrity and ability.”

Editor’s notes: The other citizen mentioned in the headline was: Henry G. Wehrmann 1902-1946. Another prominent citizen in the young automotive dealership industry.

Henry’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Wife: Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman
Daughter & Son-in-law: Lillian Bahlman Wegert & Henry H. Wegert
Daughter & Son-In-Law: Lora Bahlman Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Son & Daughter-in-law: Henry W. Bahlman & Marguerite Toleson Bahlman
Daughter: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Son: Donald W. Bahlman
Daughter & Son-in-law: Ferne Bahlman Hildeman & William R. Hildeman
Sister: Lena Bahlman
Brother & Sister-in-law: John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. Wehrmann Bahlmann
Brother: William F. Bahlmann
Brother & Sister-in-law: Charles H. Bahlman & Minnie Schweer Bahlman
Niece & Nephew-in-law: Dorothy Bahlman Saller & Herbert C. Saller
Grand Niece & Grand Nephew-in-law: Charlene M. Saller Graham & Arthur Graham
Great Grand Niece: Nancy Graham Fenske

(Note: Some family members maintained the original spelling of Bahlmann while others omitted the last “n”)

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