Born: Aage Gjerke, august 8. 1899 as Son of Johan Gehrcke and Hansine Gehrcke
Deciesed: juni 3. 1983
Married 09-27-1933 to Louise Gjerke, Skanderborg Rådhus
Born at Banegaardsvej, Skanderborg.
Aage began working at the age of 7 as a milk-boy. Later, he had delivery jobs at several places. His education started at a private school for small children then continued at a community school in Skanderborg.
Aage also worked as a shoe-maker ‘Sole-peter’ and began training to be a bookbinder. At that time, the bookbinding trade was dying and he didn’t finish his training.
Considering the rampant unemployment situation and the fact his mother was widowed, Aage decided to emigrate to America. He planned to live with his sister, Anna (Gjerke) Christiansen, in South Dakota. Aage left for America in April of 1916.
When he left Denmark he didn’t speak a word of English but learned quickly after his arrival in America. Aage claimed he was never homesick for his native Denmark and he spent the next 5 years working as a farmer.
When America entered the war in Europe, Aage applied for enlistment in the military in October, 1918. One month later the war ended and Aage was never inducted. Life in America was hard after the war and in 1921, Aage returned home to Denmark. Aage’s brother, Alfred, wrote and told Aage if he ever wanted to come back to America, all he needed to do was say when and his ticket would be paid for, but Aage remained in Denmark for the rest of his life.
After returning home, Aage became a bricklayer, first working for Johannes Jørgensen, then in Soeborghus for P. G. Pedersen, then for H. V. Mathiesen and finally for Aage Veener and Son, where he remained for many years.
Aage and his wife Louise (Visse) bought a old house in 1939.