Monthly Archives: May 2012

Decoration Day in Iowa

This photograph of my grandparents says on the back that it was taken in 1929 on Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day. I believe my grandmother may have been wearing a red poppy on her dress. In later years, … Continue reading

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Kreykes hardware store … through all the circling years …

On my recent trip to my mother’s hometown in Iowa, I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic for my childhood summer visits there. As I looked through the colorful photos I was taking last week of the Dutch dancers, … Continue reading

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Fun at the festival

I had a lovely time at the 2012 Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa! It was colorful, festive, happy, and well organized, and I got to spend relaxing time with family.  The weather was mostly beautiful, though occasionally windy and warm. … Continue reading

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Mom … and my first-ever visit to Tulip Festival

In honor of Mother’s Day, which is just before my upcoming visit to my mother’s hometown, I decided to write about … Mom and her hometown. I’m headed up to Orange City, Iowa, in a few days to partake of the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Boone River

My grandfather by the Boone River.  Hamilton County, Iowa. 1915-ish to 1917-ish

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They came from Rijssen

One nice aspect of researching family history is learning not only about the people who preceded us, but about the places they lived … especially those who migrated to the United States. It’s interesting to contemplate the conditions in their … Continue reading

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(Relatively) Wordless Wednesday

Pipe organ (“pijp orgel” in Dutch) built by H. Vander Maten and sons in Sioux County, Iowa 1900 – 1903

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