Tag Archives: Sioux County

Missing Grandma …

March 20 was the birthday of my late Grandma Kreykes, who was born back in 1910. I miss her very much. I have strong memories of  my grandmother and think of her often. That’s Grandma in  the middle of the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Child: Margaret Vanden Bosch (1924-1930)

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

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In the news … Iowa summers

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

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Society Saturday — Sioux County Historical Society Museum

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

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Letters to the Netherlands: The waves rise mountain high …

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

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In the news … visiting the Kreykes home

Having recently subscribed to an electronic archive of old newspapers, I’m finding several news items to be compelling for family history research. Brief notices in small-town Iowa newspapers about who is visiting from out of town, who is traveling, and … Continue reading

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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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