Deuteronomy 32:7Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.
"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about."
— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Category Archives: IOWA (Sioux County)
My 2nd great-grandmother Hendrika, a Dutch immigrant to America, was born 181 years ago this weekend. She was born on August 17, 1838, to Jan Smalbrugge and Aleida Horsman Smalbrugge in Rijssen, Overijssel, in the eastern Netherlands. Before I started … Continue reading
Not long ago, I learned a saying: “One Dutchman, a theologian. Two Dutchmen, a church. Three Dutchmen, a schism.” There is truth in this. Our great-great grandfather, Jan Willem, migrated to America from the Netherlands with his wife and children in 1889. … Continue reading
In a previous excerpt from our 2nd great-grandfather’s letters from his new home in Iowa, he spoke of his distress over the illness of his adult daughter, who had remained in the Netherlands. He would later learn that she did … Continue reading
When our 2nd great-grandparents came to America from the Netherlands, they were following their eldest son to northwest Iowa and brought with them their three youngest children, two girls and a boy, including our great-grandfather. An adult daughter and her … Continue reading
Margaret was our grandmother’s younger sister. Heart complications took Margaret’s life when she was only 5 years old, a loss that came just three years after the death, at a relatively young age, of their mother, Mary. The obituary tells us that … Continue reading
When I was a kid visiting my grandparents during the summer in Orange City, Iowa, items in the local newspaper told of who in the community was traveling, entertaining, visiting, and celebrating special occasions. Now I find in old newspaper … Continue reading
Our great-grandfather Vanden Bosch, who migrated to northwest Iowa in the late 19th century, was by all currently available indications born and raised in the village of Doornspijk. Doornspijk is a Dutch village that in the mid-1970s became a part … Continue reading
The family name of Kreykes, from which I am one generation removed, is in some ways a mystery. We know that it was brought to Iowa in the 19th century by a family from Rijssen, the Netherlands. Apparently all recorded … Continue reading
On a recent trip to Orange City, Iowa, my mother’s hometown, I finally had a chance to visit the county historical society’s museum. I’d tried to stop in for a visit the previous August but had found it locked. Like … Continue reading
My great-great grandfather arrived in America from the Netherlands in 1889 with his wife and three children, including my great-grandfather. In his letters from Iowa to family and friends back in the Netherlands, he seemed uncertain whether he would be able … Continue reading