I do have a little more info on Henry C. Gerke that I ran across while researching in Madison County IL. He purchased a lot of land and if I remember correctly, I found references referring to him as an attorney or JP, and one census listed him as a realtor. I remember seeing his name in some census records, land records, and I think cemetery records in Madison County. I also found references in some of the histories of the area to a Henry Gerke who might be his father who was one of the first settlers of the area. Are you related to Henry C. Gerke? I will be visiting the St. Louis area in May and would love to have have you e-mail me if possible. I can go through my files and copy the info that I have on Henry Gerke. I have no idea if he was a relative to Agnes & Luella, or was chosen as their guardian due to his occupation. Thanks!