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Alice Veldboom - The Sheboygan Press - October 25, 1971
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Mrs. Herbert Veldboom


Mrs. Herbert Veldboom, 67, of R. 1, Oostburg, died Sunday at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. She had been hospitalized one week.

The former Alice Nonhof was born Dec. 22, 1903 in the Town of Holland, a daughter of the late John B. and Jennie Soerens Nonhof. She attended the district school.

On April 11, 1928 she was married to Herbert Veldboom in Oostburg. The couple lived at R. 1, Oostburg their entire married lives.

She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, Oostburg.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Ellsworth {Marjorie} Hilbelink of Cedar Grove; a son, Robert of Oostburg; six grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. James Wisse, a twin sister, Cedar Grovem and Mrs. Garret Loomans, Wisconsin Rapids.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church, the Rev. John Olthoff, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Town of Holland. A 1:45 p.m. family service will be held at the church.

Friends may call at the Krostag Funeral Home, Oostburg, from 5 p.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Wednesday and at the church from noon until the hour of sevices.

A memorial had been established in Mrs. Veldboom's name.


Peter James Van Treek - Sheboygan News - June - 1906
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Van Treek - Peter James Van Treek a native of {Galdern}, Rhine province, in Prussia, Ger., who came to America and direct to Sheboygan with his parents in 1849, died Thursday morning, May 31, 1906, at the home of his son Rev. J.P. Van Treek, of St. Peter Claver Catholic church on the South Side, aged 82 years. He failed rapidly the last week or two and death was due to old age. The deceased was engaged in farming for many years in the towns of Wilson and Lima. His wife died in 1890 and about five years ago he came to Sheboygan to reside with his son. Eleven children survive as follows: Rev. J.P. Van Treek, Sheboygan; Wendel, who resides on the olds homestead in the town of Wilson; Rev. Joe A., of Cross Plaines, Wis.; Valentine, of S. Kaukauna; George, of Lima; Mary, who resides with her brother J.P.; Katherine, with her brother J.A., at Cross Plaines; Anna, a sister in the Franciscan Order; Josephine and Cecelia in Colorado and Theresa who resides with her brother George.

Requiem high mass was celebrated at the St. Peter Claver church Friday morning, when the remains were taken to the old home of the deceased in Wilson and on Monday morning the funeral took place from St. George's church at Six Corners, {?} two sons and Rev. Schiedel, officiating. Interment in the adjacent cemetery.


Katie Verhulst - Sheboygan County News - December 15, 1927
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Miss Katie Verhulst is Called Beyond


Miss Kate Verhulst, aged 62, passed away on Saturday morning, Dec. 10, at the St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan.

Miss Verhulst had recently gone to Gibbsville to help take care of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Cornelius Verhulst who was seriously ill. While there she was taken ill and was removed to the hospital, were she died on Saturday morning. Her sister-in-law passed away the night before.

Miss Verhuslt had been a respected resident of this community for a good many years, having been in the employ of the Brickner Woolen Mills company for the past thirty-eight years.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Stokdyk of Manhattan, Kansas, one sister in Indiana, and found brothers, Adrian of Cedar Grove, Peter of Clark County, Cornelius of Gibbsville and Leonard of Milwaukee.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock from her late home on Buffalo street and at 1:30 o'clock from the Falls Reformed church. The Rev. R.J. Lubbers officiated and interment was made in the Falls cemetery.

{Additional information -- Katie's parents were Lena Zoutendam, b. Feb., 20, 1831 in Wolphaartsdijk, Netherlands and Cornelius Verhulst, b. Nov. 26, 1882, Wissenkerke, Netherlands. They were married Nov. 24, 1852 in Netherlands. They are buried in Farmin Cemetery, Sheboygan Cty. Cornelius died Jan. 23, 1889 and Lena died March 7, 1897. No obits found for them in the The Sheboygan Press or County News}


Dora Verhulst - Sheboygan County News - December 12, 1927
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Last Rites For Mrs. Verhulst to be Held Tuesday


Gibbsville -- The funeral of Mrs. Cornelius Verhulst, who died Friday evening, will be conducted at 12:30 o'clock Tuesday from the late home and at 1 o'clock from the Gibbsville Reformed Church. The Rev. M.C. Ruisard will officiate and burial will be make in the Ongena cemetery.

Mrs. Verhulst was born in the Netherlands on Dec. 19, 1863 and she came to America with her parents when only two years of age. Her maiden name was Dora Dulmes.

The survivors included her husband, one daughter, Mrs. John Debbink, one brother, William Dulmes of Hingham, and three sisters, Mrs. J. Neerhof of Adell and Mrs. W.H. Bruggink and mrs. Abel Jensema of Gibbsville. For sisters and one brother preceded her in death.


Adrian Verhulst - The Sheboygan Press - July 12, 1939
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Hold Rites For Adrian Verhulst


Cedar Grove, WI -- Funeral services for Adrian Verhulst, aged 85, who died at his home in this village at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, at the residence and at 1:30 p.m. at the First Reformed church, the Rev. R. J. Lubbers of Sheboygan Falls officiating. Interment will be in the Hingham Cemetery.

Survivors are the widow; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Perl of Upland, Ind., and Mrs. Mary Stokdyk, and one brother, Leonard Verhulst, of Milwaukee.

{Adrian is the son of Cornelius Verhulst and Lena Zoutendam}


Janna Verhulst - The Sheboygan Press - August 12, 1943
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Mrs. A. Ver Hulst Services Friday


Mrs. Adrian Ver Hulst, 91, died Tuesday at 7 a.m. at her home in Cedar Grove.

Her survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Edward Fass of Oostburg, and Mrs. E.J. Blekkink of Holland, Mich. Tow sisters and her husband preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday at 1 o'clock at the home and at 1:30 o'clock at the First Reformed church in Cedar Grove with the Rev. John den Ouden in charge. Burial will be in the Hingham Cemetery.

{Mrs. Adrian Verhulst was born Janna Gertrude Meerdink and was the daughter of Jan Berend Meerdink and Janna Berendina Leemkuil}


Cornelius Verhulst - The Sheboygan Press - July 14, 1934
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Cornelius Verhulst Summoned After Long Illness


Gibbsville - Cornelius Verhulst, aged 66, died here Friday at 12:45 p.m. at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Debbink, following a lingering illness.

Mr. Verhulst was born in the Netherlands, Dec. 8, 1867, and came to America at the age of seventeen years. He was united in marriage to Dora Dulmen June 12, 1890, who precided in in death seven years ago.

Survivors are: a daughter, Mrs. John Debbink, three grandchildren, three brothers, Adrian of Cedar Grove, Peter of Clark county and Leonard of Milwaukee, two sisters, Mrs. F. Terl of Upland, Ind., and Mrs. Nellie Stokdyk of Berkeley, Cal. A brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 1 p.m. at the Debbink home and at 1:30 p.m. at the Gibbsville Reformed church. The Rev. R.C. Lubbers will officate and burial will be made in the Hingham cemetery.

{Cornelius was the son of Cornelius Verhulst and Lena Zoutendam}


Clara Vogel - Died: October 4, 1962
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Mrs. Clara Vogel, 63, of R.1, Kiel, died early this morning at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born in the Town of Wilson May 21, 1899, the daughter of the late Peter and Apollonia Zimmermann Schmitt. She later moved to the Town of Rhine with her parents where she attended school.

She married Alvin Vogel of the Town of Eaton, Dec. 8, 1917. The couple lived at Steinthal until 1937, when they moved to the Vogel Homestead farm. Her husband preceded her in death in October of 1955.

She was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Kiel.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Leroy {Leora} Juckem, and Mrs. Edgar {Delores} Pohland, both of Sheboygan; three grandchildren; six sisters, Mrs. Roland Westphalen, R.1, Kiel, Mrs. Walter Vogel, St. Nazianz, Mrs. Herbert Schwartz, R.2, Kiel, and Mrs. Eugene Mathes, R.1, Plymouth; three brothers, Albert and Elmer, both of Kiel, and Herbert, R.1, Elkhart Lake. A son and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Kiel. The Rev. Vernon E. Jaberg will officiate and burial will be in the Schleswig Cemetery at Rockville.

Friends may call at the Meiselwitz Funeral Home, Kiel, from 3 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday and at the church from noon until the time of services.


Jacob Van de Loo - The Sheboygan Press - Friday - April 3, 1959 - p.8
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Jacob Van de Loo, 76, employed for many years at Wildwood Cemetery here until retirement 10 years ago, died Thursday evening at Rocky Knoll Sanatorium and Hospital where he had been for the past year.

A native of the Town of Lima, he was born Aug. 8, 1882, a son of the late Jacob and Mary Van de Loo.

He was educated at St. George Catholic School, Six Corners, and married the former Helen Gartman at Holy Name Church here, Feb. 14, 1917.

The couple farmed in the county until moving to Sheboygan in 1932. Mrs. Van de Loo died in 1944.

Mr. Van de Loo was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and the St. Philomena unit of the Good Samaritan Guild.

Survivng are a son, Elmer, Minneapolis, and three grandchildren.

He also leaves two brothers, Joseph, Town of Lima, and George, South Dakota, and two sisters, Miss Agnes Van de Loo, Lima, and Mrs. Anna Jansz, Sheboygan.

The Requiem Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church with the Rev. James J. Shlikas, pastor, celebrant. Mass will follow 9:30 family rites at the Gerend Funeral Home. Burial is to be in Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 p.m. Sunday. Members of the Good Samaritan Guild, along with other parishioners, will recite the Rosary there at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Funeral - The Sheboygan Press - Monday - April 6, 1959 - p.16

Funeral services for Jacob Van de Loo, 76, who died Thursday at Rocky Knoll Sanatorium and Hospital, were held at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church.

The Rev. Norbert Van de Loo of Greenville, Wis., a nephew of the deceased, was the celebrant of the Requiem High Mass which followed brief family rites at Gerend's Funeral Home.

The mass was sung by Prof. Joseph Feustel and Mrs. Agnes Zupancich with Prof. Feustal at the organ. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Henry and Anthony Van de Loo, Frank Kotnik, Clem Acker Sr., Clem Acker Jr. and Aloys Walter.

On Sunday evening, members of Immaculate Conception Parish and the St. Philomena Unit of the Good Samaritan Guild held a joint vigil at the funeral home. The Rev. Alphonse Rumbac led the Rosary.


Lydia Van Stelle - The Sheboygan Press - Thursday - March 16, 1978 - p.10
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Mrs. Lydia Lieding Van Stelle, 81, of 908 N. Sixth St., died early this morning at the Encino Hospital in Encino, Calif., where she had been visiting relatives.

The former Lydia Bahr was born May 30, 1897, in Sheboygan, a daughter of Ferdinand and Emma Gartmann Bahr. She attended Jefferson Elementary School.

On May 27, 1916, she married August B. Lieding of Sheboygan. Mr. Lieding, a Kohler Co. employee, died Dec. 17, 1953.

On Jan. 14, 1956, she married Peter M. Van Stelle of Oostburg. Mr. Van Stelle, a retired H.C. Prange Co. employee, died Dec. 5, 1967.

Mrs. Van Stelle was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church and the Bethany Lutheran Church Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Richard {Lucille} Mitchell of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Mrs. Keith {Beverly} Robertson of Santa Anna, Calif. and Mrs. Richard {JoAnn} Oldenburg of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; five sons, Vernon W. and Roger W., both of Sheboygan; Wallace of St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Keith of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Calvin of Glendora, Calif.; 24 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, and two step-sons, James Van Stelle of Sheboygan Falls and David Van Stelle of Oostburg.

She is also survived by five brothers, Oscar and Chester Bahr, both of Sheboygan, Ferdinand of Monterrey Park, Calif., August of Searcy, Ark., and Gordon of La Crosse, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Behnke of Sheboygan and Mrs. Dora Jasenovic of Milwaukee.

One sister and two brothers also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Jerome Groth, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Ballhorn Funeral Chapels after 4 p.m. Sunday and on Monday until 11 a.m. and then at the church from noon until the time of services.

A memorial fund has been established in Mrs. Van Stelle's name for the Morning Meditiations radio program.


Peter M. Van Stelle - The Sheboygan Press - Wednesday - December 6, 1967 - p.10
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Peter M. Van Stelle, 73, of 926 N. 6th St., died Tuesday evening in Sheboygan Memorial Hospital. He had been a patient there one week.

He was born in the Netherlands March 1, 1894, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Van Stelle. The family moved to Sheboygan County in 1905.

On March 26, 1919, he married Miss Hattie Dirkse of Oostburg. The couple farmed in the Oostburg area. Mrs. Van Stelle died in 1955.

On Jan. 14, 1956, he married Mrs. Lydia Lieding of Sheboygan. Mr. Van Stelle was employed at the H.C. Prange Co. until retiring in 1960. In 1966, Mr. and Mrs. Van Stelle moved to Sheboygan.

He was a member of the Gibbsville Reformed Church.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, David and Raymond, both of Oostburg, and James of R. 3, Sheboygan Falls; 34 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five step-sons, Vernon and Roger Lieding, both of Sheboygan, Wallace Lieding, St. Louis, Dr. Keith Lieding, Traverse City, Mich., and Calvin Lieding, Glendora, Calif.

He is also survived by three stepdaughters, Mrs. Richard {Lucille} Mitchel, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Mrs. Keith {Beverly} Robertson, Riverside, Calif., and Mrs. Richard {Jo Ann} Oldenburg, Sacramento, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. Peter Brasser, Mrs. Katie Van Haveren, Mrs. Lewis Ver Velde, Mrs. Harvey Nyenhuis, all of Sheboygan, and Mrs. Chester Ten Haken, R. 3, Sheboygan Falls; and three brothers, Matthew, Tucson, Ariz., and Martin and David, both of Oostburg.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Ballhorn Funeral Chapels. The Rev. Donald Lohman, pastor of the Gibbsville Reformed Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Hartmann Cemetery, Town of Wilson.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel after 4 p.m. Thursday.

A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Van Stelle's name for the Gibbsville Reformed Church.


Helen Van de Loo - The Sheboygan Press - Monday - December 4, 1944
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Mrs. Van De Loo Passes Away Here After An Illness

Mrs. Helen Van De Loo, wife of Jacob Van De Loo, 1034 Logan avenue, passed away this morning at 8:15 o'clock at the St. Nicholas hospital after being ill for the past week.

Born Aug. 10, 1893, at St. George, Wis., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gartman, she was married to Jacob Van De Loo at Holy Name church in 1917, and they have always been faithful members of the Holy Name congregation.

Her parents preceded her in death, and survivors include her husband; a son, Elmer, of Sheboygan; two brothers, Charles Gartman of Cudahy, Wis., and Frank Gartman of Waukesha; five sisters, Mrs. Frank Kotnik, Mrs. Clemens Acker, and Mrs. Harry Grasse of Sheboygan, Sister Mary Fidelia of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Mrs. Patrick Sheehy of Manitowoc.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Gerend Funeral home and at 9 o'clock at Holy Name church, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Phillipp Dreis officiating. Burial will be made in Calvary cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from Tuesday evening until the time of the services on Thursday.


Rabbi A. Van Alstyne - Sheboygan County Historical Review - 1909
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It was on January 6, 1909, that R.A. Van Alstyne succumbed to a kidney trouble, at St. Agnes' Hospital, Fond du Lac. The funeral took place on January 9 from his home in the village of Glenbeulah, the Rev. John Norton officiating. His remains rest in the Greenbush-Union cemetery.

Mr. Van Alstyne came to the town of Greenbush as early as 1850, and had been one of the influential and substantial citizens of that vicinity. He was born in the east in 1833, and came to Glenbeulah nearly fifty-nine years ago. He was a wagonmaker by trade. His union with Miss Isabelle Clark took place at Elgin, Ill., in 1861. His wife survives him as do also two sons, John Van Alstyne of Rhinelander, and Edwin Van Alstyne, Wadena, Canada.


Florence V. Van Tatenhove - The Sheboygan Press - Monday - January 27, 1975 - P.10
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Mrs. Florence V. Van Tatenhove, 70, of Gibbsville, widow of Fred, died early Sunday at Heritage Nursing Center.

The former Florence Rauwerdink, she was born in Oostburg on Nov. 8, 1904, a daughter of William and Catherine Pietenpol Rauwerdink.

On May 16, 1928, she married Mr. Van Tatenhove.

The couple owned the Gibbsville Cheese Co., with Mrs. Van Tatenhove serving as secretary of the firm.

Her husband died in May, 1957.

She was a member of Gibbsville Reformed Church and its Missionary Society.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Roland {Ione} Dulmes of Gibbsville; two sons, Robert of Gibbsville and Frederick of Minneapolis; nine grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Lammers of Pine Haven at Sheboygan Falls and Mrs. Henrietta Heinin of Gibbsville.

She was preceded in death by a son and sister.

Funeral services will be at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Gibbsville Reformed Church, the Rev. Arthur Scheid, pastor, officiating, following 1 p.m. family services in the church choir room. Burial will be in Hingham Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Krostag Funeral Home, Oostburg, after 4 p.m. Tuesday and at the church after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

A memorial fund has been established in Mrs. Van Tatenhove's name.


Mildred Vogds - The Sheboygan Press - Monday - February 9, 1931 - P. 2 - C. 2
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Little Girl Dies At Falls Saturday

Sheboygan Falls - Mildred Vogds, aged 7 years, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alois Vogds, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, following an illness of four years’ duration. The girl is survived by her parents, one brother, Leander, who was injured in an automobile accident about eight weeks ago, and who is still at the hospital, and one sister, Marjorie. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Cathoic church. The Rev. George Goesel will officate and interment will be in the Falls Catholic cemetery.

Mildred Vogds - The Sheboygan Press - Wednesday - February 11, 1931
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Mildred Vogds Laid to Rest at Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan Falls - Funeral Services for Mildred Vogds. aged 7, who died Saturday evening at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alois Vogds, were held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic church. The Rev. George Goesel officiated and burial was in the Falls cemetery.

The pallbearers were Erving Eiring, Arno Feldner, Oscar Feldner, and Gregor Feldner.

Out-of-town persons at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Feldner, Mr. and Mrs. Engelbert Feldner, Mr. and Mrs. William Baumann, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Eiring, Mr. and Mrs. Wendelein Will, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Will, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Quackenboss and family, Mr. and Mrs, Roman Walgenbach, Miss Regina Feldner, and Alex Petrie of St. Cloud; Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Walgenbach of Oakfield, Mrs. Simon Vogds, and Mr. and Mrs. Alois Sippel of Marytown; Mr. and Mrs. Engelbert Salchert of New Holstein; Mr. and Mrs. Bast Moersch, Mrs. Anna Hutter, Frank Walgenbach and daughter, Margaret, Joe Smet of Fond du Lac and Peter Feldner of Sheboygan.


Jane Van Ouwerkerk - The Sheboygan Press - June 12, 1911
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Mrs. Jane Van Ouwerkerk died at 2 o'clock this morning at the age of 85 years. She was a woman held in high esteem and numbered among the pioneers of the county. For a number of years she made her home with her son-in-law, Adolph Stokdyk, Cedar Grove.

She is survived by six children, Mrs. Edward Wonser, Mrs. Jac. Johnson and Abe Van Ouwerkerk, this city, Mrs. Adolph Stokdyk, Cedar Grove, James Van Ouwerkerk, Hornsburg, N. Y., and Mrs. John Bruggink. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence.


Mary Ver Douw - The Sheboygan Press - June 12, 1911
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Pioneer Passes Away

Mrs. Mary Ver Douw, aged 77 years, died at 5 o'clock yesterday morning at her house in the Town of Holland, just east of the village of Oostburg. The cause of death was bronchitis followed by heart failure and the duration of her illness was two weeks.

She was born in Holland, August 22, 1833 and migrated to this country when quite young. She is survived by one brother, J. H. Van Ouwerkerk, Sr. of Sheboygan Falls and eleven children: Peter of Illinois; Mrs. Sarah Knohr of Wood County; Mrs. Mary Brill, Milwaukee; John at home; Samuel, Indiana; Mrs. Peter Lemehieu, Marshfield; Mrs. J. Hoffmann, Milwaukee; Abraham, South Dakota; Mrs. Leonard Ver Hulst, Milwaukee; Isaac residing in the state of Washington and Anton, Cedar Grove. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 from her late home and interment will be in the Union cemetery.


Andrew Vandersande - The Sheboygan Press - November 13, 1987
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Entered Into Eternal Rest Thursday, November 12, 1987

Andrew Vandersande, age 85 of N1072 Irish Road, New Holstein, died Nov. 12, 1987 at Calumet Medical center, Chilton.

Andrew was born in Sheboygan Falls, June 14, 1902 a son of the late Adrian and Nellie Jensen VanderSande. September 7, 1927 he married Geneieve Thede in Chilton. She preceeded him in death on Dec. 31, 1976. He then married Frances DuBuhr Markwardt, April 16, 1977 at St. John's United Church of Christ, New Holstein. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife Frances; Three Sons, Harold VanderSande, of Oshkosh; Roger VanderSande, of Manitowoc and David VanderSande, of Milwaukee; Two Daughters, Mrs. Marvin {Patricia} Hicks, Pensacola, Fl; Mrs. James {Janice} Revolinsky, Manitowoc; Sixteen Grandchildren; Seven Great-Grandchildren; Three Step-Sons; John Markwardt, of Verona, WI.; Edgar Markwardt, of San Antonio, TX.; Robert Markwardt, Milwaukee; Six Step-daughters, Mrs. Ned {Frances} Coe, Chicago; Mrs. Alex {Alma} Adshead, Colbalt, Ontario, Canada; Mrs. Leona Sattell, of Greendale, WI.; Mrs. Patrick {Virginia} Laughrin, Hilbert, WI; Miss Janet Markwardt, Milwaukee, WI.; Mrs. John {Kari} Hogden, Black River Falls, WI.; also one adopted Son, Richard J. VanderSande, with the Army in Geissen, Germany. 32 Step-grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchildren.

He was preceeded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. from St. John's United Church of Christ, New Holstein. Officiating will be the Rev. Albert Born. Burial will be in the Kiel City Cemetery.


Evelyn Van Dreese - The Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - June 1, 1999 - p.A2
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Evelyn N. Van Dreese, 89, of Pine Haven Christian Home and formerly of Oostburg, died at Pine Haven on Monday afternoon, May 31, 1999, following a lengthy illness.

Evelyn was born on Dec. 1, 1909 in Sheboygan {Sheboygan County}, the daughter of the late John and Marie Leinse Meerdink. She graduated from Sheboygan High School in 1927.

In June 1929, she married Francis Van Dreese in Sheboygan. He preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1976.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Oostburg and its Missionary Society, Oostburg Library Club, Oostburg Cancer Society Volunteers and Homemakers. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, fishing, boating and traveling.

Survivors include two daughters, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law.

She is preceded in death by her husband and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 1999, at the First Reformed Church in Oostburg, with the Rev. Ray Tilstra, pastor, officiating. Burial will be made in the Oostburg Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, at the Huehns-Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg and from noon until the time of services on Friday at the church.

A memorial fund will be established in her name for the First Reformed Church.


Ida M. Voeks - The Sheboygan Press - Thursday - June 3, 1999 - p.A2
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Ida M. Voeks, 84, of Sheboygan died at her home, Wednesday, June 2, 1999. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Ballhorn Funeral Chapels.

The Sheboygan Press - Friday - June 4, 1999 - p.A2

Ida M. Voeks, 84, of Sheboygan, died Wednesday, June 2, 1999 at her residence.

Ida was born Oct. 23, 1914 in Milwaukee, to the late Oswald and Mary Burger Plischounig. She graduated from West Bend High School. On Aug. 3, 1935, Ida married Orville H. Voeks in Waukegan, Ill.

Mrs. Voeks was a member of St. Peter Claver Parish.

She was employed by the H.C. Prange Co. in the grocery department and the deli. Ida continued to spend time with her co-workers, enjoying dinners and many special times with her best friend, Hermina. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Ida enjoyed working in her flower garden, feeding the birds, was an avid walker and loved to dance.

Survivors include her son, five daughters, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She is further survived by two sisters. She was preceded in death by an infant son and her brother.

Ida was lovingly devoted to her children and grandchildren, having a great love for life and the time they shared.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, June 7, 1999 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. The Rev. Brian Szyszko will be the celebrant. A time of visitation will take place Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow services at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family would like to request memorials be given in her name for V.N.A. Hospital in Sheboygan.

The family would like to express special loving thoughts to all the Angels on 2K, Memorial Hospital, Dr. Mark Bettag and the loving care provided by V.N.A. Hospice, especially Mary Van De Hey, Mary Licht and Mary Nierode.

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John Van Engen - The Sheboygan Press - Monday - June 7, 1999 - p.A2
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John C. Van Engen, 91 years, of Sheboygan Falls, died on Sunday morning at the Sheboygan Retirement Home after a lengthy illness.

John was born on Aug. 29, 1907, in the Netherlands, the son of the late Gerhardt and Alida L. Van Cameryk Van Engen. He came to the U.S. at the age of 6 years. He married Rose Ritt in the Town of Sheboygan Falls on Oct. 19, 1946. He was the owner and operator of City Coal Co. in Sheboygan Falls for 18 years, later being employed at the Kohler Co. for 23 years, retiring in 1972. He belonged to the Lakeshore Pigeon Club and played the accordion.

Survivors include his wife, Rose; two sons, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two sisters. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and six brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Huehns-Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls with the Rev. Michael F. Moran, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be made in the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Huehns-Wenig Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the time of services.


Isabel E. Van Ouwerkerk - The Sheboygan Press - Saturday - June 19, 1999 - p.A2
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Isabel E. Van Ouwerkerk, {nee Shimek}, formerly of Manitowoc and Sheboygan Falls, passed away at her Whitefish Bay, Wis., home Thursday, June 17, 1999 at the age of 86.

Isabel was the beloved wife of the late Rodney J. She is the mother of a daughter and son. She is also survived by sisters, sister-in-law, and a brother. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and many friends.

Special thanks to the caregivers from Odyssey Hospice, who enabled her family to care for her at home.

Family and friends are invited to meet at the funeral home, on Monday, June 21, from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 106 W. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217. 414-964-3040.


Friedericke {Laue} Vater - Plymouth Newspaper - 1917
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There passed away on Saturday, one who without doubt came to this county earlier than any one now living, except Mrs. Emeline Cole and who with the exception of Mrs. Louisa Diestelhorst, was probably older than any one else in the county. The person was Mrs. Friedericke Vater, who was ninety-eight years old the sixth of last February and who came to this county in 1848. Mrs. Diestelhorst will be 100 years old if she lives until August. Mrs. Cole came to this country from Vermont in 1840.

Mrs. Vater died at a quarter past eight Saturday evening at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. And Mrs. F. L. Schmitt in Milwaukee, where she had lived most of the time for thirty years. Her death resulted from a broken hip caused by a fall. She lived about two weeks after the fall.

The body was brought to the city yesterday forenoon and the funeral was held at two o’clock in the afternoon from the home of Mrs. Helen Vater on West Main Street, where the funeral was held at two o’clock, in the afternoon., D. Mahlsted spoke and interment was in the city cemetery by the side of her husband, who died thirty years ago.

Miss Friedericke Laue was born in Sittendorf, province of Saxony, Germany, Febru-ary 6, 1819. She was married in 1839, in Germany to Frederick Vater. In 1848, she and her husband, their two sons, Carl and Robert, and three other families, friends of theirs, started for America. They were on the ocean eight weeks and had a very stormy voyage. Mrs. Vater was sick most of the time. They landed in Canada, came up the St. Lawrence river, through Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and lake Michigan and stopped at Sheboygan. They came immediately to what is now Plymouth, stayed at the Cold Spring Tavern, owned by John Taylor. The tavern stood where the cheese factory now stands, corner of Main street and Western avenue. Having a slight acquaintance with the Worbas family, who lived on the farm now owned by Philip Mantz, west of the city, they went there and remained until they could look around for a place of their own. It was not long before the four families that had come from Germany, purchased 160 acres of a man who had taken up a government claim. They drew lots to see what part of the land each should have. Mr. Vater purchased eighty acres and some of the others forty acres each. It hap-pened that Mr. Vater’s land proved to be the best. For this land they paid $1.25 an acre.

They began cutting down trees and built a log cabin. In this the four families lived until they could build more cabins.

Of the three families who came with them, one was that of Christian Lautenbach, the father of Mrs. Louis Liese, living on Edna street, and the grandfather of Louis Lauten-bach; another was Carl Foerhlich, father of Mrs. August Mein, who lives in the northen part of the city and the third was Fred Andre, grandfather of John and Joseph Andre and Mrs. L. Lautenbach of this city.

As soon as there was a roof over their heads, they began to prepare land for planting. Except for a swampy piece, the land was all weeded. Large, beautiful trees that would now be worth as much as their whole land was then, were cut down, piled in great heaps and burned.

Wolves were numerous and bears were also to be seen. One time a neighbor hearing a pig in the woods, went in the direction and found a bear just in the act of killing one of the Vater pigs. Having a gun with him, the neighbor dispatched the bear.

For water, they were obliged to go a mile or a mile and a half to the Ickstedt spring. One day when Mrs. Vater was on her way home with water, she heard a wolf howling. She stood perfectly quiet and the wolf not noticing her went past and left her unharmed.

For their supplies they were obliged to go to Sheboygan or Milwaukee. At first they went to Sheboygan, sometimes taking a hand sled or something to carry home their sup-plies. They marked the trees to keep to the right path. After they began raising more than they needed for themselves they sold their produce at either of the cities mentioned. Oxen were the first beasts of burden. A man who came through near the Vater farm, sold Mr. Vater a yoke of oxen. Later, Mr. Vater learned that they were stolen and the lost what he had paid for them. Mr. Vater and some of the neighbors took their potatoes to Milwau-kee to sell, a load at a time. The four families had not been here long before they bought some cows, and from the cream made every bit of butter that they could, and sold it in Sheboygan.

Passenger pigeons flew over in such clouds as to hide the sun. If they alighted in a wheat field, they did a great deal of damage. One shot into a flock would bring down a number, and these made a change in their diet.

The Indian trail from Milwaukee to Green Bay passed through their woods. The Vaters always remained on friendly terms with the Indians and gave them something if possible, when they came bogging, as they nearly always did.

Mr. Vater had learned the weaver’s trade in Germany and made all of their own clothes. They raised flax, which Mrs. Vater spun into thread and Mr. Vater wove into cloth. Until the time of her death, Mrs. Vater wore garments made from this cloth, and towels woven by Mr. Vater, probably fifty years ago, look as if they would stand a gen-eration of wear yet. They were the possessors of the first sewing machine in this locality and had one of the first frame houses, which was built in 1854.

The land two and a half miles southwest of Plymouth, which Frederick Vater bought in 1848, is still in possession of the family. After he retired from the farm, it went to his son Robert and after the latter’s death his son Fred Vater bought it and is now living on it.

Besides the two sons, Carl and Robert, who were born in Germany and who are now dead, Lena, Mrs. Schmitt, who survives was born on the farm. There are fifteen grand-children and nineteen great grandchildren.

Mr. And Mrs. Vater were of the sturdy German stock which shrank from no toil, from no hardships, and which did not allow dangers to frighten them from a chosen course. They came to Sheboygan county when virgin forests covered the greater part of the land, when wild beasts still prowled about and savage men still felt himself monarch of the untouched fields. They came when hard, incessant toil was the price they paid for barely enough to exist upon they came when the things which now embellish civilized life could not be thought of; they came, in short, when it was their part to prepare this region for the enjoyment of their posterity.

The Vaters Settle In Wisconsin

A 1917 Plymouth, Wisconsin, newspaper article tells about the coming of the Vater Family from Sittendorf, province of Saxony, Germany to Plymouth, Wisconsin. Their ocean voyage lasted a stormy eight weeks, most of which time Freidericke Vater was sea-sick. {A grandson, Robert William Vater, told of one storm which was so severe that the crew threw barrels of water overboard to lighten the load. They were unaware that those barrels contained drinking water. As a result of the mistake, drinking water was strictly rationed for the major part of the trip.}

The ship on which the Vaters came landed in Canada, came up the St. Lawrence River, through Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan and finally ended the journey at Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The Vaters and three other families {the Christian Lautenbachs, the Carl Froehlichs, and the Fred Anders} went at once to what is now Plymouth. Together they purchased 160 acres of land at $1.25 an acre from a man who had taken up a government claim. They then drew lots to see what part of the land each should have. Frederick Vater purchased eighty acres.

Soon they built a log cabin in which all four families lived until more homes could be built.

Sheboygan and Milwaukee were the nearest towns in which they could get supplies. According to the newspaper clipping, “At first they went to Sheboygan, sometimes taking a had sled or something to carry home their supplies. They marked the trees to keep to the right path.”

“The Indian trail from Milwaukee to Green Bay passed through their woods. The Vaters always remained on friendly terms with the Indians. . .”

“Mr. Vater had learned the weavers trade in Germany and made all of their own clothes. They raised flax, which Mrs. Vater spun into thread and Mr. Vater wove into cloth. Until the time of her death, Mrs. Vater wore garments made from this cloth, and towels woven by Mr. Vater probably fifty years ago, look as if they could stand a genera-tion of wear yet.”

Frederick and Freidericke Vater had one of the first frame house in the locality - it was built in 1854.

The land which Frederick Vater purchased in 1848 is till in the family. It passed from Frederick to his son Robert, from Robert to his son Fred, and from Fred to his son George who now lives on the farm south of Plymouth.


Louis Voss, Sr. - The Sheboygan Press - October 2, 1980
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Louis Voss, Sr., 88, a native of Sheboygan County, died following a short illness Thursday morning at a hospital in Lake Isabella, CA, where he had resided the past 18 years.

He was born August 22, 1892, in the Town of Herman, a son of the late Nicholas and Margaret {Gosse} Voss.

He farmed in Sheboygan County for many years, until moving to Los Angeles, where he operated a service station until retiring and moving to Lake Isabella in 1962.

On May 16, 1949, he and Marie Plumhy were married.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph {Viola} Head of Sheboygan, and Mrs. Norman {Arneita} Feldman, Howards Grove; one son Louis Jr., Milwaukee; one step-son, Eugene Plumhy of Utah; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, Arno Voss, Route 1, Sheboygan.

He was preceded in death by one son, one sister and six brothers.

A memorial service will be held in California next week. Cremation will follow.


Theodore Verhulst - Holland Evening Sentinel - Holland, Michigan - March 25, 1955
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Verhulst Rites Set For Monday


The body of the Rev. Theodore Verhulst, 48, former pastor of Graafschap Christian Reformed church who died Wednesday in a hospital in Sheboygan. Wis., will arrive in Holland late Saturday and will be taken to Nibbelink-Notier funeral chapel. Friends may call there Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Rev. Verhulst became a Christian Reformed minister in 1934 after he was graduated from Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids. He served charges at Hollandale, Minn., Archer Avenue church in Chicago, Second Church in Pella, Ia., Graafschap and Lynden, Wash. It was in Lynden that he became ill during the past year and later went to Sheboygan where is mother lives.

Surviving are the wife, Rena; three sons, Roger, Glenn and Kenneth; a daughter, Gladys; his mother, also brothers and sisters in Wisconsin. His wife has several relatives in Grand Rapids.

Funeral services were held today in Sheboygan. Final services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from Graafschap Christian Reformed Church with the Rev. L. Oostendorp of Graafschap and the Rev. Marinus Goode of Evergreen Park, Ill., officiating. Relatives will meet in the church basement at 1:45 p.m.

Burial will be in Rosedale Memorial Park in Grand Rapids. Arrangements are by Clarence Mulder.


Elizabeth Vichich - No Newspaper Listed - April, 1948
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Mrs. Elizabeth Vichich Dies After Long Illness

Mrs. Elizabeth Vichich, aged 69, passed away Monday morning at the St. Nicholas hospital in Sheboygan, where she was confined for about three weeks, after a lingering illness.

The deceased was born in Austria Sept. 23, 1878 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Engheiser, and came to the United States in 1907.

She was married to Joseph Vichich in 1908, and he preceded her in death Sept. 23, 1936.

For many years she was a resident of Calumet county, and since 1946 made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Henry Seitenzahl. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Floyd {Marion} Thielman of Charlesburg, and Mrs. Henry {Elsie} Seitenzahl of this city; two sons, Joseph of Appleton, and Edward of Milwaukee; one brother, John in Germany, and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted this Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the Meiselwitz Funeral home, and at 9:30 a. m at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic church, with the Rev. F. X. Kheil of this city, and Rev. Clement P. Kern of St. Anna officiating. Burial was made in the St. Anna cemetery.

Mrs. Vichich was a member of the Christian Mothers Altar society and the members recited the rosary at 7:30 p. m. Wednesday at the church.


Louis Voss - No Newspaper Listed - January, 1921
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Louis Voss Dies at Ada

Mr. Louis Voss passed away at the St. Nicholas hospital in Sheboygan last Saturday morning, death being due to heart failure. As was reported in the columns of this paper last week. Mr. Voss had undergone an operation for appendicitis with good success and at the beginning of last week the patient was happy in hopes of being able to return home by the end of the week. He was steadily improving so that no one had any idea that his pilgrimage would be so near to the end. Consequently the message of his sudden death was a terrible shock to his beloved ones.

The deceased Louis Peter Voss was born in the Town of Meeme, March 20th, 1871, where he grew up to manhood. On November 29th, 1894 he was married to Albertine Schwalenberg, after which the couple settled on the farm of his father which he took over. Ten children were born in the family, of whom two died in infancy. Mr. Voss died Saturday morning, Jan. 22nd, at 2 o'clock, at the age of 49 years, 10 months and 2 days. He leaves to mourn his early death his beloved wife, eight children, four daughers, namely Mrs. Emil Dirks near the parental home, Mrs. Alvin Zimmermann in Rhine and the Misses Ida and Bertha at home; four sons, Alvin, Edwin, Harvey and Melvin; two grandchildren, Elmer and Erwin Dirks; also three brothers, John of Town Schleswig, William in Town Meeme, Nicholas near Howards Grove and one sister, Mrs. George Dickmann, also near Howards Grove. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the home, with services at the Reformed Bethel's church, Rev. H. W. Schroer officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery of the church.


Le Roy Valenstein - No Newspaper Listed
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Le Roy O. Valenstein, 56, of 1008 South Washington Drive, Howards Grove, died Saturday morning at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield where he had been a patient for the past month.

Mr. Valenstein was born May 23, 1924, in Cleveland, the son of Olga Wippermann Valenstein and the late Erwin Valenstein.

He graduated from Howards Grove High School in 1942.

On May 4, 1946, he married Jeanette Schneider in Howards Grove where the couple has lived since.

Mr. Valenstein was the owner of Falls Farm and Home Realty of Sheboygan Falls since 1977.

Formerly he was a real estate associate of Town and Country Real Estate of Plymouth, and had earlier been owner and operator of a wholesale beverage distributorship in Sheboygan County for 24 years.

Mr. Valenstein was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Howards Grove, and served on its church council, at one time was president. He was also a member of the church cemetery board, a member of the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club, and the Sheboygan West Rotary Club, serving each of them in various capacities including president.

He was a real estate instructor at Lakeshore Technical Institute and at the Wisconsin School of Real Estate.

Since 1977, he has served as Town of Mosel assessor, and formerly was a trustee of Howards Grove.

{Suvivors omitted for privacy}

Funeral services held Tuesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Howards Grove. The Reverand Henry Juroff, pastor, officiated.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

A memorial will be established in Mr. Valenstein's name.


Herman T. Van Westende - The Sheboygan Press - Thursday - August 30, 1928 - P.1
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Drowning Wednesday Evening

The life of Herman T. Van Westende, aged 59, who lives at 1030 St. Clair avenue, was claimed by Lake Michigan in the neighborhood of 6 p.m. Wednesday when he was drowned in the shallow water along the beach just north of Indiana avenue.

The drowned man's body was found by Frank Colwell. He notified the police, who removed the body from the lake at 6:35 p.m.

Mr. Van Westende was last seen alive at 5:30 p.m. when he was walking along Indiana avenue in the direction of Lake Michigan. Coroner C.N. Sonnenburg, who was called immediately after the body was discovered, says that he believes the man walked into the water, fell over, and was unable to get up. No inquest is planned at the present time.

The drowning victim was born in the Netherlands and came to this country about thirty-five years ago. He is survived by two sisters who live in this city, Mrs. Johanna Van Dyke, 1030 St. Clair avenue and Mrs. Adrian Clement, 1623 Saeman avenue; one brother, three half sisters, and one half brother in the Netherlands.

The remains were taken to the Gerend Undertaking parlors where they may be viewed and where service will take place Friday morning. Burial will be made in Wildwood cemetery.


John Van Der Jagt - The Sheboygan Press Telegram - Saturday - June 24, 1922
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John Van Der Jagt, one of the last of the Civil War veterans of Sheboygan County, died at the home of his son, Peter VanDerJagt, at Cedar Grove, Friday, after an illness of four months. He celebrated his eighty-fifth birthday on June 5.

Mr. Van Der Jagt was a native of Burg, province of Schouwen, Holland. He was born June 5, 1837, and at the age of twelve he accompanied his parents and five other children to the United States, coming directly to Sheboygan County. During the voyage to America a baby sister became ill and died and was buried at sea. Mr. Van Der Jagt at one time described a storm which the passengers aboard ship experienced while at sea, one that terrified all on board. He stated that for a time it was feared that the ship would be wrecked. The storm was weathered, however, and they all landed safely.

Mr. Van Der Jagt attended school in the old log school house in section 26, town of Holland. His educational advantages were limited to three months during the winter seasons. He early learned to assist in the work on his father's farm, and he did that until he grew to manhood. On March 4, 1862, Mr. Van Der Jagt married Miss Josephine DeMaster, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Peter DeMaster. They became the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are living. They are Peter, Cornelius, Mrs. John Grotenhuis, and Mrs. Ed Thuene, Cedar Grove; Mrs. J. Sheean and Miss Minnie, Milwaukee; and John of Minneapolis.

Mr. and Mrs. Van Der Jagt began their wedded life in a log cabin, which Mr. Van Der Jagt built on his farm in the town of Holland. About 1880 a new home was erected, but only a few years were spent there. Mrs. Van Der Jagt was called by death on March 14, 1888.

When President Lincoln called for volunteers to put down the rebellion of the south, Mr. Van Der Jagt was among the first who made the response and entered the service of his adopted country. He served as a soldier with honor to himself and family to the Union.

Politically Mr. Van Der Jagt was a republican and he supported the principles advocated by the party.

He and his family attended the First Presbyterian church of Cedar Grove, in which they took an active part. Mr. Van Der Jagt was well known and highly respected all through the section of the county in which he lived.

Funeral services will be conducted at the First Presbyterian church on Monday at 1:30 o'clock and burial will be made in the Walvoord Cemetery.


Mrs. T. F. {Flora} Volk - The Sheboygan Press - July 20, 1950
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Funeral services for Mrs. Theodore F. Volk, who passed away at the Plymouth hospital on Friday, were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Wittkopp Funeral home, Plymouth. The Rev. Samuel Bullough of the First Congregational church officiated and burial was made in the Greenbush cemetery.

During the service Miss Doris Dietsch, accompanied by Miss Hildegard Wilson sang "Face to Face" and "Hold Thou My hand and Lead Me." The Pallbearers were Al Reightley, Atty, Bernard Moom, Alfred Herges, Lester Pfeifer, Glen Zimmerman, and Theodore Lasky.

Among relatives from out of the county who called at the funeral home and attended the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Suhrke and daughter Susan Elaine, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wehe, Mrs. Alta Riley, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Flatz, Harold Wehe, Milwaukee; S.J. Giffin, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Buchman, Mrs. Willard Lindow and children, Green Bay and Mrs. L. E. Volk, Rhinelander.


Theodore J. Volk - The Sheboygan Press - December 12, 1938
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Former County Resident Killed While Hunting

Theodore J Volk, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Volk of Plymouth, was accidently{sic} shot and killed Saturday near Macon Georgia, while hunting. He spent his youth and early manhood in Plymouth and has been in Georgia since 1918. His father and two brothers, Leland and Hubert, left Sunday to attend funeral services at Macon Tuesday morning. Mr. Volk is survived by his wife; two daughters Mary and Doratheo; three sons, Theodore, Jr. Noel and Harold, of Macon; two brothers, Hubert of Chicago and Leland of Rhinelander; two sisters, Mrs. Robert A. (Audrey) Suhrke of Plymouth and Mrs. Enola F. Hillemann of New York City; and his parents. Further information will appear in Tuesday's press.

{*** names are wrong*** should be survived by 4 daughters Mary, Dorotheo, Noel and Carol and one son Theodore, Jr.}


William F. Vandre - The Sheboygan Press - Thursday - June 10, 1943 - P. 8
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William Vandre Passes Away Here: Rites Saturday

William F. Vandre, 64, was fatally stricken with a heart attack late Wednesday at N. Ninth street and Michigan avenue while waiting to walk home with his wife. His home was at 1315 N. Eleventh street.

Mr. Vandre retired as a gateman for the Chicago and North Western Railway company last January because of his heart condition. He had been employed by the railway company for ten years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Ballhorn Funeral chapels, the Rev. Kenneth Krueger officiating. Burial will be made in Wildwood cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, several step-children and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Albert Marold, Sheboygan; Mrs. Gustie Handerson, Minneapolis; Charles Vandre, Sheboygan; Mrs. Clara Uelein, Milwaukee; Mrs. Hattie Lutter, San Francisco; Arthur Vandre, address unknown, and Mrs. Edgar Wesendorf, Sheboygan


Charles Vetter - The Sheboygan Press - Wednesday - December 5, 1951 - p. 20
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Charles Vetter, 82, of 1622 S. 12th St., passed away Tuesday evening at the St. Nicholas Hospital following a short illness.

Born in Berlin Germany, on Dec. 5, 1869, he came to this country as a young man, directly to Sheboygan, and was married to Mrs. Clara Yost on Feb. 20, 1902. He was employed at the Vollrath Company for many years and retired in 1949. His wife passed away June 22, 1950.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. John DeSwarte of Sheboygan Falls and Mrs. Ed Brandt of Madison; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mr. Vetter was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Ramm Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Ladewig officiating, and interment will be made in the family lot in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning Thursday evening.

The Sheboygan Press – Saturday, December 8, 1951 – P. 10

Funeral services for Charles Vetter of 1622 S. 12th St., who passed away Tuesday, were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Ramm Funeral home with the Rev. Carl Ladewig of Bethlehem Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was made in Wildwood cemetery.

During the services Kenneth Lang sang “Jerusalem, Thou City Fair and High” and “Abide With Me”.

Pallbearers were Gustav Kriese, Karl Winter, William Stroschein, Harry Mueller, William Hoppert and Erwin Klein.


Mrs. Anthony J. {Margaret} Voss - The Sheboygan Press - Saturday - September 9, 1950 - p. 8
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Mrs. Anthony J. Voss, nee Margaret Hamerla, 53, passed away suddenly early this morning at home, 1313 Alabama avenue.

She was born in Sheboygan on October 8, 1896, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Hamerla. She was educated at St. Peter Claver school and the Sheboygan High school. Her marriage to Mr. Voss was solemnized at St. Peter Claver church by the late Fr. J. P. Van Treeck on October 15, 1919.

A faithful member of St. Peter Claver parish, she was also actively affiliated with its Christian Mothers’ society, the Catholic Women’s Charity club, the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, the Gold Star Mothers and a charter member of Christ the King post of the Catholic War Veterans auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her son, Jerome, who was killed in action in New Guinea on May 28, 1944. Her parents and a sister also preceded her.

Her husband survives; and a sister, Mrs. Irene Thompson of Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 8:30 at Gerend’s Funeral home, followed by a requiem high mass at 9 o’clock at St. Peter Claver church. Fr. D. A. Riel will be the celebrant and burial will take place on the family lot in Holy Cross cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 o’clock Sunday morning until the hour of the services.

The following organizations will hold a joint vigil Monday evening at 8 o’clock at Gerend’s funeral home: the Christian Mothers’ society of St. Peter Claver parish, the Catholic Women’s Charity club, Catholic Knights of Wisconsin and Catholic War Veterans auxiliary. Fr. Riel will lead the prayers.

The Sheboygan Press – Tuesday - September 12, 1950 - p. 10

Funeral services for Mrs. Anthony J. Voss, 53, of 1313 Alabama avenue, who died Saturday - were held at 8:30 a.m. today at Gerend’s Funeral home and at 9 a.m. at St. Peter Claver church.

The Rev. Charles Fredericks, Manitowoc, a nephew of the deceased, was the celebrant of the solemn requiem high mass. The Rev. D. A. Riel was the deacon and the Rev. W. Badem sub-deacon.

Interment was made on the family lot in Holy Cross cemetery, with Fr. Fredericks conducting the burial rites at the grave.

Children of St. Peter Claver parochial school, under the direction of Prof. Joseph Feustel, parish organist, sang the mass. Fr. Riel spoke briefly after the service.

Members of St. Ann’s Christian Mothers’ society and the Gold Star Mothers attended the services in a body.

Active pallbearers were Joseph Baumann, Carl J. Fahres, Frank Reding, Cornelius Schin, Leo Steffes and Louis Stieber.

Honorary pallbearers, all members of the Christian Mothers’ society, were Mrs. Johanna Browne, Mrs. Elenora Bruder, Mrs. Helen Fahres, Mrs. Margaret Leick, Mrs. Dorothy Mikalofsky and Mrs. Anna Timm.

Members of the Christian Mothers’ society, the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, the Catholic Women’s Charity club and the Christ the King auxiliary, Catholic War Veterans, held a joint vigil at the funeral home Monday evening. Fr. Riel led the rosary.

Among the floral pieces were tributes from the Gold Star Mothers, Roenitz Drug company, maintenance department and power plant of Rway Furniture company, Rway employees, main office employees of Rway Furniture company, Rway Furniture company, factory office employees and foremen of Rway Furniture company, Pleasant tavern, the neighbors, Johnnie Fox’s, Rway Furniture cutting department and the Badger State inn.

Attending the services from away were: Mrs. Irene Thompson, Milwaukee; Mrs. William Tetzlaff, Mrs. And Mrs. Walter Tetzlaff, Mrs. Anna Kiefer, Wausau; Margaret Stephenson, Mrs. Marie Fredericks, Manitowoc; Miss Janet Miller, Chicago; Mrs. P. LaCroix, Kiel, and Mrs. And Mrs. Gustave Radke and daughters, Milwaukee.


John J. Vogel, Jr. - The Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - September 19, 1950 - p. 8
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John J. Vogel, Jr., 57, town of Charlestown, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Monday at St. Agnes hospital, Fond du Lac. He had been in ill health for the past two years and had been a patient at the hospital for the past three days.

He was born in Sheboygan county on August 22, 1893, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Vogel, Sr. He was married to Miss Evelyn Schaefer on September 29, 1922, at Chilton. For many years he was a mechanic, but for the past few years he had been employed on the Henry Steiner farm.

Survivors include his parents at Chilton; one son, Raymond, of Chilton; five daughters, Mrs. Jamon (Dorothy) Machut of Plymouth, Mrs. Earl (Helen) Duchow and Miss Catherine of Chilton, Mrs. Alfred (Virginia) Greuel of New Holstein and Mrs. Melvin (Mary Ellen) Greuel of Milwaukee and Mrs. Len McMunn and Mrs. Edgar Depies of New Holstein.

His wife preceded him in death on July 14, 1932. One brother also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Pfeffer Funeral home, Chilton, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic church. The Rev. Joseph Bartelme will officiate and burial will be made in St. Mary’s cemetery.

The body will lie in state at the funeral home from this evening until the hour of services.


Isabelle T. Van Alstyne - Sheboygan Press - Monday - December 20, 1915 - p. 5 - c. 5
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Pioneer Of Glenbeulah Passes Away

After spending the last seven years of her life as an invalid at her home in Town Greenbush, Mrs. Isabelle T. Van Alstyne, 80 years old, died at 12:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon of old age. The deceased was among the first settlers of Greenbush and one of the most widely known residents of the county.

Mrs. Van Alstyne was born October 18, 1835 at West Glocester, Rohde Island. She, together with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hazael Peckham Clark and four other children, Isaac, father of Otis Clark of this city, William, Elisha and Mrs. Abbie Donohue, came directly to Sheboygan county from Rhode Island in 1850 and settled in Town Greenbush.

Of those who came on that eventful trip during the stirring days of early pioneer life, two survive. They are the two children, Elisha Clark and Mrs. Abbie Donohue. The former has been living with his sister during the seven years of her illness on the old homestead in Glenbeulah and is now residing with a son of the deceased, Edwin Van Alstyne. Mrs. Abbie Donhue is the mother of Jerry Donohue, Civil Engineer, and resides in this city.

Four years, 1861 to 1865, were spent at Chatsworth, Illinois, by Mr. and Mrs. Van Alstyne, the former being called there on business, his occupation being that of wagon maker. The family returned before the close of the Civil War, however, and resided in Sheboygan county ever since.

Mr. Van Alstyne operated the farm first owned and established by his wife’s father, Hazael P. Clark. The latter also built a saw mill on the estate which was the first of its kind operated in the county. The old gentleman died in 1856 and the land was cultivated by Mr. and Mrs. Van Alstyne until 1905. Mrs. Clark, mother of the deceased died October 11,1 875.

Mr. Van Alstyne passed away on New Year’s Day, 1908, and ever since that time Mrs. Van Alstyne had resided on the old farm with her children, some of whom were married in the course of time.

The survivors are two children, John Van Alstyne, superintendent of the sulphite department of the Rhinelander Paper Mills, and Edwin, at home, who has been taking care of his aged mother ever since she became an invalid. Besides the children, the brother and sister mentioned above also survive.

The funeral was held at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church at Glenbeulah, Rev. Martin officiating. Burial was made in the family lot, Glenbeulah cemetery.

The demise of Mrs. Van Alstyne is mourned throughout the county by a host of friends. She was one of the pioneer women who braved the dangers of the Wisconsin wilderness to lay the foundation for the happiness and prosperity of the future generation. She was beloved by all who knew her and a great friend o the needy.

Those attending the obsequies from this city on Sunday were Jerry Donohue, Mrs. Abbie Donohue, Atty. W.B. Collins and B. Collins.


Hubert Van Engen - Sheboygan Press - Monday - June 3, 1974 - p.8
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Heart Attack Fatal To Sup. Van Engen

Sheboygan County Supervisor Hubert L. Van Engen, 71, died Saturday after being stricken with a heart attack at his home, 2122 S. 16th St.

Mr. Van Engen, who represented the city's southside District 17 on the County Board since 1967, was a retired salesman.

In addition to his service on the Sheboygan County Board, he also served the Fifth Ward as an alderman and school commissioner.

Born in Coevorden, Netherlands, on Oct. 24, 1902, he was a son of the late Gerhard and Alida Van Cameryk Van Engen.

He came to this country as a child with his parents to settle in Sheboygan in 1914.

On Aug. 25, 1928, he and the former Selma W. Fenner were married in Sheboygan Falls.

Mr. Van Engen worked for the Jewel Tea Co. as a salesman from 1925 to 1950, then for Montgomery Ward until 1957 and then for Brunette's until retiring in 1966.

Mr. Van Engen served on the Sheboygan Common Council from 1954-56, representing the Fifth Ward, and then from 1959 to 1968 he represented the Fifth on the Sheboygan Board of Education, during which time he also represented the school board on the city's Board of Health.

Re-elected to the County Board without opposition this spring, Mr. Van Engen was currently on the influential highway committee and was a former member of the board's finance and chairman of the Rocky Knoll building committee.

He was a member and current president, councilman and choir member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, and was president of the South and West Side Advancement Association for three terms in the 1960s.

Surviving are his widow, two daughters, ... of St. Clairesville, Ohio, and ... of Fond du Lac; a son, ..., Sheboygan; four grandchildren; three sisters, Miss Louise Van Engen, Mrs. Conrad Holling and Mrs. Marvin Bartz, all of Sheboygan and four brothers, Henry and Michael of Sheboygan, and Jacob and John of Sheboygan Falls.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John I. Hagen, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Luke Church Cemetery, Mohrsville.

Friends may call at the Huehns Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls from 4 p.m. today until 11 a.m. Tuesday and at the church from noon until the time of services.

A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Van Engen's name for St. Andrew Lutheran Church.


Selma W. Van Engen - Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - August 11, 1981 - p.4
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Selma W. Van Engen, 77, of 2122 S. 16th St., died Monday at St. Nicholas Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born Apr. 22, 1904, in the Town of Sheboygan Falls, daughter of August and Lisa Harder Fenner.

On Aug. 25, 1928, she married Hubert Van Engen in the Town of Sheboygan Falls. He died June 1, 1974.

Mrs. Van Engen was employed at Leverenz Shoe Co. for about 25 years, retiring in 1966.

She was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, its Women of the Church and its choir, Homemakers of Sheboygan and the South West Advancement Association.

Survivors include two daughters, ... of Eagen, Minn., and ... of Fond du Lac, a son, ..., four grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a brother, Adolph Fenner of the Town of Sheboygan Falls.

Two brothers [Reinhold, Ewald] preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The Rev. S.M. Schreitmueller, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery, town of Sheboygan Falls.

Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home, Sheboygan Falls, after 4 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Thursday and at the church from noon until the time of services.

A memorial fund has been established in Mrs. Van Engen's name for St. Andrew Lutheran Church.


Alexander Van Pelt - The Sheboygan Press - Monday - January 6, 1919 - p.6 - c.4
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Early Settler Of Town Greenbush Is Dead Of Old Age

Alexander Van Pelt, 94, one of the first settlers of Town Greenbush, died at 3 p.m. Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. G. Cornelius, 1925 N. Fifth street, of old age. He was confined to bed five days after failing gradually for several weeks. The aged man had never during his long lifetime been seriously ill and he retained a remarkable physique and an unusual alertness up to the time of his death. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon from the residence of Dr. E.J. Couch at Glenbeulah. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. by the Rev. Gelling of the Methodist church of Stockbridge, formerly of Glenbeulah. Burial will be in West Greenbush cemetery.

Mr. Van Pelt was born November 12, 1824, in Saratoga county, N.Y. He was a descendant of the early settlers of New York who came to this country when that state was swampy and very sparsely populated. In November, 1856, he was married in Watertown, N.Y., to Miss Mary Jane Hern, who preceded him in death just two years ago. In 1857, Mr. and Mrs. Van Pelt came to Town Greenbush settling on a farm which they conducted for nineteen years. They then moved to the farm of Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Cornelius, nearby, and lived there for five years, then moving to Glenbeulah where they resided for twelve years. For the last eighteen months, Mr. Van Pelt had made his home with his daughter in this city.


Mary Van Pelt - The Sheboygan Press - Wednesday - January 3, 1917 - p.6 - c.5
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Old Settler Succumbs At Glenbeulah

Mrs. Mary Van Pelt, aged 81, pioneer settler of the county and mother of Mrs. L.G. Cornelius, 1925 North Fifth street, died at 9 o’clock last night at her home in Glenbeulah. She is survived by her husband and only child, Mrs. Cornelius. The funeral arrangements have not been made. Mrs. Van Pelt had resided in the county for the last sixty years, moving from a farm to Glenbeulah about ten years ago.


Eliza M. Van Pelt - Fond du Lac Reporter - Thursday - July 6, 1999 - p.24 - c.4
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Miss Eliza M. Van Pelt, 82, formerly of 15 N. Marr St., and a recent resident of Americana Healthcare Center, died Wednesday, July 5, at the center.

She was born April 4, 1907, in the town of Greenbush, a daughter of George and May M. Lyon Van Pelt.

Miss Van Pelt was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist.

Survivors include one brother, William K. and his wife Anne of Fond du Lac; nieces; and nephews. Three brothers, George, Clarence and Clayton F., preceded her in death.

Cremation will take place. There will be no visitation or service. Interment will be in Rienzi Cemetery.

Memorials in her name may be directed to First Church of Christ Scientist, St. Agnes Hospice Hope Program or the charity of one’s choice.

Mach Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


George Van Pelt - Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Tuesday - October 6, 1964 - p.20 - c.2
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Funeral services for George Van Pelt, who died Friday, were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Candlish chapel, the Rev. Karl Koehler officiating.

Mrs. William Balson was at the organ. Burial was in Rienzi cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Van Pelt, Richard Van Pelt, Peter Van Pelt, George Gregory, and Donald Hackbarth.

(transcriber’s note: George had lived in Greenbush Twp, Forest Twp and Fond du Lac)


May N. Van Pelt - Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Monday - November 21, 1960 - p.26 - c.1
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Christian Science funeral services for Mrs. May M. Van Pelt (nee: Lyon), who died Friday, were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Candlish chapel. L. John Fuhrman officiating. Mrs. William Balson was at the organ and Mrs. James Vollstedt sang. Burial took place in Rienzi cemetery.

Pallbearers were Peter Van Pelt, Robert Van Pelt, Dirk Van Pelt, C. David Wilson, Richard Van Pelt, and Gustav Janssen, grandsons.

Out-of-town persons attending the rites were from Elgin, Ill., Crystal Falls, Mich., Milwaukee, Glenbeulah, Plymouth, and St. Croix.

(transcriber’s note: Born in Forest Twp, also lived in Greenbush Twp as well as Fond du Lac.)


George H. Van Pelt - Fond du Lac Reporter - Friday - December 23, 1988 - p.20 - c.4
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Funeral services for George H. Van Pelt, 91, a resident of Fond du Lac Lutheran Home, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mach Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Martin Koehler and the Rev. James Klein will officiate. Burial will follow in Ledgeview Memorial Park Cemetery.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 a.m. to the hour of services at the funeral home.

He was born Sept. 20, 1897, in Fond du Lac, a son of George and May Lyon Van Pelt. He married Gladys E. Meyers on Jan. 20, 1921, who preceded him in death. He married Marion Rennpferd in 1967 who also preceded him in death.

Mr. Van Pelt was employed as a custodian for the Fond du Lac Post Office. He served in World War I and was a member of World War I Veterans Barracks No. 1354, American Legion Trier-Puddy Post No. 175, VFW Bohlman-Grimes Post No. 1904, D.A.V. Welling-Washbush No. 11, the Military Order of the Purple Heart No. 162, Sunrisers Kiwanis Club, and Church of Peace.

Survivors include three daughters, Bernice Janssen and her husband Gustav of Mequon, Mrs. Lois Senecal of Fond du Lac, and Charlotte Hackbarth and her husband Donald of Milwaukee; one son, Richard and his wife Elaine of Rosendale; five grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; one sister, Miss Eliza Van Pelt of Fond du Lac; and one brother, William K. and his wife Anne of Fond du Lac. Two brothers preceded him in death.

(transcriber’s note: George grew-up in Forest and Greenbush Townships)


Clayton F. Van Pelt - Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Wednesday - November 2, 1966 - p.40 - c.1
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Home Rites Planned For Head Of Firm. Clayton F. Van Pelt Services Scheduled At 2 p.m. Friday

Funeral services for Clayton F. Van Pelt, 71, who died at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City Monday from a heart attack, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Van Pelt residence at Lakewood Beach, Rev. Lloyd DeJong and Rev. Harold C. Fischer officiating. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery.

Friends are welcome to call at the Van Pelt residence at Lakewood Beach from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The Candlish Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Van Pelt, president of the Fred Rueping Leather Co., former judge of the 18th Wisconsin Judicial circuit and a national and state leader in business and industry, was born April 26, 1895, in the Town of forest. He attended public schools in the Town of Forest and Greenbush, the Fond du Lac High School and studied law at the University of Madison.

He served with the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919 commissioned as an ensign and returned to the University following discharge in July of 1919 to receive his doctor of law degree in 1922. Mr. Van Pelt married Florence Rueping in 1923 and she survives.

Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Saturday - November 5, 1966 - p. 22 - c. 1

Burial Rites Are Held For C.F. Van Pelt. Many In Attendance At Funeral Services In Family Home.


Funeral services for Clayton Forrest Van Pelt, 71, president of the Fred Rueping Leather Co., were held at 2 p.m. Friday from the family residence on Lakewood Beach. Burial was in Rienzi Cemetery, with the Candlish Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Officiating were Rev. Lloyd G. DeJong, First Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Harold C. Fischer, of the Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Searing as pallbearers were officers and sales representatives of the leather firm, including Frank E. Gould and Edward J. Sweeney, Boston; George H. Burrows Jr., Kirkwood, Mo.; Alvin Schneiter, Palmyra, Pa., Joseph H. Strobel, Watertown; Raymond J. Frisque, Rolland L. Jensen, Harry Horner, Lester F. Bohlman, and Edward F. Roblee, Fond du Lac.

Mrs. Edwin C. Haak was at the piano, and vocalists were Mrs. James Vollstedt and William Kinas.

Friends and business associates came from Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Toledo, Lynchburg, Boston, Norwood, Nashville, Chicago, Oak Park, Elgin, Milwaukee, Wausau, Madison, Sheboygan, Oshkosh, Fort Atkinson, Beaver Dam, and Manitowoc.

Attending were officers and directors of the Leather and Allied Trades Assn., Wisconsin Manufacturers Assn., Wisconsin National Life insurance Co., Employers Mutuals, Wisconsin Power & Light Co., the Ozite Corp., First Wisconsin Bank Shares Corp., First Wisconsin National Bank, First National Bank of Fond du Lac, and member firms of the Tanners’ Council of America, as well as representatives of the Leather Institute, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Ripon College, St. Agnes Hospital, Marian College, the Y.M.C.A, and members of the Wisconsin and Fond du Lac County Bar Associations.

Mr. Van Pelt died at the St. Regis Hotel, New York. He made the trip to participate in the National Leather Show staged at the New York Hilton Hotel.


William K. Van Pelt - Fond du Lac Reporter - Tuesday - June 4, 1996 - p.B4 - c.2
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William K. Van Pelt, 91, formerly of 47 Oaklawn Ave., died Sunday, June 2, 1996, at Grancare Nursing Center.

He was born March 10, 1905, in Glenbeulah, a son of George and May M. Lyon Van Pelt.

Mr. Van Pelt was a graduate of Fond du Lac Senior High School. He had resided in the Woodruff and Minocqua area Wisconsin.

Mr. Van Pelt resided in Fond du Lac most of his life. He and his wife, Sophia, owned the City Fuel Company in Fond du Lac. He had served the Wisconsin Sixth District as congressional representative for seven terms, a total of 14 years, from 1950 to 1964, when he retired. Following the death of his first wife, he married Anne Trimble.

He served on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, and he was also on the National Aeronautics and Space Committee at the birth of the Space Age.

Mr. Fan Pelt was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge No. 57, and a lifetime member with a 50-year certificate from Fond du Lac Lodge No. 26, Free & Accepted Masons.

Survivors include one son, one daughter, four grandsons and three great-granddaughters (names omitted for privacy).

Preceding him in death was his first wife, Sophia, and his second wife on March 16, 1994; three brothers, George, Clarence and Clayton; and one sister, Eliza.

Private family services will be held at Rienzi Cemetery. Cremation will take place. There is no visitation.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Fond du Lac Lodge No. 26, Free & Accepted Masons.

Mach Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


Agnes E. Van Pelt - Sheboygan Press - Friday - February 22, 1980 - p. 4 - c. 4
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Mrs. Agnes E. Van Pelt, 95, formerly of 115 Benson St., Glenbeulah, died early Thursday evening at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility where she had been a resident the past nine months.

The former Agnes Jaques, she was born July 29, 1884, in the Town of Lamartine, Fond du Lac County, a daughter of William and Olive Nichols Jaques.

On June 8, 1905, she was married to LeRoy Van Pelt at Ladoga, Fond du Lac County. The couple lived and farmed in Fond du Lac County and later in the Town of Rhine, prior to retiring in 1957 when they moved to Glenbeulah. Her husband died Nov. 15, 1962.

She was a member of Community United Church of Christ, Elkhart Lake.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Anton (Olive) Barta and Miss Blanche Van Pelt, both of Glenbeulah; eight grandchildren, 31 great- grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

A son, three great-grandchildren, a sister and three brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Community United Church of Christ. The Rev. Robert Johnston, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenbush Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Wittkopp Funeral Home, Plymouth, after 3 p.m. Saturday and on Sunday until 11 a.m. and at the church from noon until the time of services.

A memorial fund has been established in Mrs. Van Pelt’s name.


Loraine Van Pelt - Sheboygan Press - Thursday - August 5, 1982 - p.4 - c.4
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Mrs. Loraine Van Pelt, 72, of 111 Young St., Glenbeulah, died early today at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility, where she had been a resident for three weeks.

The former Loraine Basler was born March 12, 1910, in the Town of Plymouth, a daughter of Henry and Helen Kleefish Basler. She attended Glenbeulah and Plymouth schools.

On Jan. 17, 1934, she married Lee Van Pelt at Elkhart Lake. The couple lived in Glenbeulah. Mr. Van Pelt died Jan. 7, 1948.

She was employed at Lemieux General Store at Glenbeulah and also at Rocky Knoll Health Care facility for 16 years before retiring in 1976.

She was a member of St. Fridolin Catholic Church, Glenbeulah and the Christian Mothers and Altar societies of the church.

Survivors are five daughters (names omitted for privacy), 19 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Ted Schuler of Route 2, Kiel; and one brother, Wilfred Basler of Sheboygan. She was preceded in death by a brother and a grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Fridolin Catholic Church, Glenbeulah. Family rites will be held at Wittkopp Funeral Home, Plymouth at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Cletus Kaiser, pastor, will be ceebrant of the funeral Mass. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery, Plymouth.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Friday. A vigil will be held there at 7:30 Friday evening.


Lee Roy Van Pelt - Sheboygan Press - January 7, 1948 - p.10 - c.3
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Lee Roy Van Pelt, 40, died suddenly of a heart attack early this morning at his home in Glenbeulah.

Born May 21, 1907, at Rogersville, Fond du Lac county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Van Pelt, Sr., he resided there until 1921 when he moved with his parents to Antigo. Three years later they moved to the town of Greenbush.

On Jan. 17, 1934, he was married to Miss Lorraine Basler at St. George Catholic church at Elkhart Lake, and they have since resided at Glenbeulah.

For the past 12 years he was employed as foreman in the pottery casting department at the Kohler Co. He was a member of the Glenbeulah village board and was affiliated with the Holy Name society of St. Fridolin’s Catholic church at Glenbeulah.

Survivors are his wife; five daughters, Jean, Betty, Janet, Kay and Diane, all at home; his parents of Elkhart Lake; two sisters, Miss Blanche of Elkhart Lake and Mrs. Anthony (Olive) Barta of Glenbeulah.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Gentine funeral home in Plymouth and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Fridolin’s church at Glenbeulah, the Rev. Henry Langenfeld officiating. Burial will be made in St. John’s Catholic cemetery at Plymouth. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning Thursday evening at 7 o’clock.

Members of the Holy Name society will hold a vigil at the funeral home at 8 o’clock Friday evening.


Leroy Van Pelt, Sr. - Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - November 13, 1962 - p.8 - c.4
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LeRoy Van Pelt, 90, of Glenbeulah, a retired Town of Rhine farmer, died Monday evening at 9:15 at his home following a heart attack.

He was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., Oct. 24, 1882, the on of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Van Pelt. He moved to Fond du Lac county in 1899 and on June 8, 1905, married Agnes Jacques at Ladoga in Fond du Lac County.

The lived on farms in Fond du Lac and Langlade counties and moved to Sheboygan County in 1931. They operated a farm in the Town of Rhine until their retirement in 1957 when they moved to Glenbeulah.

He was a member of the Glenbeulah Methodist Church, the Men’s Club of the church and served as trustee of the congregation for many years. At the time of his death he was an honorary trustee of the church.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Anton (Olive) Barta and Miss Blanche Van Pelt, both of Glenbeulah; two sisters Mrs. Russell Preissner, Rosendale and Mrs. Walter Carlson, St. Paul, Minn., five brothers, Leslie, Frank and Charles, all of Clam Falls, Minn., Floyd, St. Paul, and Wayne, South Bend, Ind., eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

A son, a sister and two brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Glenbeulah Methodist Church with the Rev. James Connor, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Greenbush Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Wittkopp Funeral Home, Plymouth, from 2 p.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Thursday and at the church from noon to the hour of services.


Clarence L. Van Pelt - Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Wednesday - June 11, 1941 - p.16 - c.1
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C.L. Van Pelt Expires After Brief Illness

Fond du Lac Salesman Dies At Family Residence At 171 Sixth Street


Clarence Lyon Van Pelt, 47, died at 4 p.m. Tuesday at his home, 171 Sixth street, after a brief illness.

A son of George and Mary Lyon Van Pelt, he was born July 10, 1893 in the Town of Greenbush and on June 7, 1930 was married to Miss Grace Brinker. A salesman for Scotten and Dillon Tobacco company, Mr. Van Pelt spent most of his life in Fond du Lac. He was a member of Fountain Lodge 26, F. and A.M.

Mr. Van Pelt is survived by his widow; two children, Robert and Carol, his parents, a sister, Miss Eliza Van Pelt, and three brothers, Judge C.F. Van Pelt, George Van Pelt and W.K. Van Pelt, all of Fond du Lac.

Masonic and Christian Science services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Candlish chapel, with burial in Rienzi cemetery.


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Mrs. Alvin Voss, 74, formerly of the Town of Meeme, died Sunday morning at Sheboygan Retirement Home where she had resided for two months.

The former Melitta Maurer was born Dec. 18, 1911, in the Town of Newton, daughter of Frank and Mary Schutte Maurer. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Manitowoc.

She married Alvin Voss on June 28, 1930, at Newton Reformed Church. The couple farmed in the Town of Meeme.

Mrs. Voss was also employed as a cook at Lakeland College.

She was a member of Bethel United Church of Christ in the Town of Herman and its Ladies Aid Society. She was a past member of the church consistory.

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She was preceded in death by an infant son, infant daughter and one brother.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bethel United Church of Christ in the Town of Herman. The Rev. James Sizelove, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Elsie Van Alstyne - The Sheboygan Press - Monday - May 9, 1959 - p. 8
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Mrs. Elsie Van Alstyne, 82, Glenbeulah, died Friday noon after an illness of eight months.

Mrs. Van Alstyne was born in the Town of Greenbush, Nov. 22, 1876, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Couch. She was a graduate of Glenbeulah High School and taught school at Greenbush before her marriage to Edwin L. Van Alstyne Nov. 10, 1897.

After marriage, the couple lived at Birnamwood, Wis., until 1912, then moved to Glenbeulah and operated a farm on the edge of the village.

Mrs. Van Alstyne was a member of the Glenbeulah Methodist Church.

She has no immediate survivors. Her husband died in January, 1943, and two brothers also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at the Wittkopp Funeral Home in Plymouth at 2 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Samuel Lenderman of the Greenbush and Glenbeulah Methodist churches will conduct the services, and burial will be in Greenbush Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday.


Alma Vesey - The Sheboygan Press - Monday - October 30, 1961 - p. 12
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Mrs. Alma Vesey, 70, of 204 South St., Plymouth, died at 9:45 p.m. Saturday at her home following an illness of two months.

Born Jan. 2, 1891, in Glenbeulah, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Reinhold and was married to Wayne Vesey on March 24, 1920. Mrs. Vesey was employed at Kraft Foods in Plymouth for 23 years until her retirement in 1956.

She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Plymouth.

Survivors are two sons, Richard of Madison, David of Plymouth; one grandchild; a sister, Miss Elna Reinhold, and a brother, Walter, both of Plymouth.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wittkopp Funeral Home in Plymouth. The Rev. Edgar Wells, rector of St. Paul's Church, will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. today.


Otto A. Voigt - The Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - February 13, 1962 - p. 8
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Otto A. Voigt, 71, of 1307 S. 15th St., died today at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for two weeks.

Born July 24, 1890 in Sheboygan, he was a son of the late William and Emilie Voigt. He attended Trinity Lutheran and Lincoln schools and Sheboygan Business College.

He was employed as an accountant by the Wisconsin Public Service Corp. for 45 years from 1910 until his retirement in 1955.

He was a member of the firm's 25-year club.

His marriage to Miss Elsa Radke of Sheboygan was solemnized Aug. 23, 1916. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the church band, past treasurer of Immanuel Hall, member of the Southwest Advancement Association, and a past member of the Sheboygan Optimist Club which he served as secretary for 15 years.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Harriet) Ninnemann of Sheboygan and Mrs. Earl M. (Marian) Kitzerow of Milwaukee; four grandchildren; two brothers, Arno of Sheboygan and Walter of Beaver Dam, and one sister, Mrs. Albert Erbstoeszer of Plymouth.

He also was preceded in death by one daughter and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. E. T. Schmidtke, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call at Ramm's Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Thursday.


Elsie Van Ess - The Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - February 13, 1962 - p. 8
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Miss Elsie Van Ess, 58, of 238 Fond du Lac Ave., Sheboygan Falls, died of a heart attack at her home Monday.

Dr. Reed M. Simpson, county coroner, said Miss Van Ess was found dead in her apartment by relatives Monday evening. She had been several hours before her body was found.

Death was attributed to a heart attack. She has been ailing several weeks.

Miss Van Ess, who lived alone, had done housekeeping work in {Sheboygan} Falls for 14 years. A native of the Town of Wilwon, she was born July 23, 1903, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John C. Van Ess.

She was a lifelong member of Hingham Reformed Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Victor DeSmith and Mrs. John Boelte, both of Oostburg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Hingham Reformed Church, following 1:45 family rites in the church parlor. The Rev. John H. Maassen, pastor, will officiate, with burial in Oostburg Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Krostag Funeral Home in Oostburg from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 10:30 a.m. Thursday and from noon at the church. The casket will be closed at the start of the church service.


Hattie Voskuil - The Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - April 19, 1949 - p.10
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Mrs. Gerret (Hattie) Voskuil passed away at 7:20 o'clock this morning at her home, 714 S. Water street.

Mrs. Voskuil was born October 1, 1869, at Oostburg, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Blekkink, and on Feb. 15, 1900, she was married to Gerret Voskuil at Oostburg. They resided in Sheboygan since their marriage expect for a short time spent on a farm at Baldwin, Wis. She was a faithful member of the Hope Reformed church.

Survivors are three daughters, Miss Henrietta at home, Mrs. Thomas (Anne) Fisher and Mrs. Clayton (Mildred) Wight, both of Wayne, Mich.; four grandchildren; three brothers, Dr. J.H. Blekkink of Oostburg, Abram of Cedar Grove and Jacob of St. Paul, Minn.; two sisters, Emma and Ada of Sheboygan. Her husband passed away Nov. 28, 1947, and a son George died in 1937.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Hope Reformed church with the Rev. Anthony Van Zante officiating, and burial will be made in the family lot in the Cedar Grove cemetery. Friends may call at the Ballhorn Funeral chapels from Wednesday noon until 11 a.m. Thursday when the body will be taken to the church. Friends may call at the church from noon Thursday until the time of the services.


Otto Valenstein - Manitowoc Herald Times {Manitowoc, Wis.}- January 2, 1936 - P. 5
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Meeme Farmer Dies; Funeral on Friday

Otto W. Valenstein, 62, Meeme farmer, who died at his home Tuesday, will be buried tomorrow. There will be services Friday at 1:30 p.m., from the homestead and at two o'clock at the St. John's Evangelical church at Schwartzwald. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Valenstein was born at Meeme in 1873 and was married to Lena Leonhard and after a short residence in Sheboygan moved to the Valenstein homestead. He was a member of the Schwartzwald church.

Survivors are his widow; a son Erwin, at home; a sister, Mrs. August Sixel, Sheboygan; and two grandchildren.


Alois Vogds - Sheboygan Press - Thursday - December 9, 1976 - P. 12 - C. 6
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Alois J. Vogds, 80, of R. 2, Sheboygan Falls, died this morning at St. Nicholas Hospital. A native of Fond du Lac County, he was born Feb. 24, 1896, in Marytown, a son of Simon and Vernoica Schumacher Vogds. He was a veteran of World War I. On Oct. 25, 1920 he married Matilda Walgenbach in St. Cloud. Mr. Vogds was employed as a carpenter, and by the Kohler Co. and Bemis Manufacturing Co., until his retirement in 1961. he was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Sheboygan Falls, the Holy Name Society of the parish and the Disabled American Veterans. Survivors are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. William (Marjorie) Bradford, Sr., Sheboygan; a son, Lee, Sheboygan Falls; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. margaret Eiring, St. Cloud, Mrs. Eleanore Sippel, Marytown, and Mrs. Theresa Halverson, St. Ansgar, Iowa. The funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, wtih the Rev. Donald Peters, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Brief family rites at 10 a.m. at the Huehns Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls will precede the mass. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. Friday until the time of services Saturday. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m .by the Jensen-Van Thruler Chapter 15 of the Disabled American Veterans, and a parish vigil will be held at 8 p.m.


Margaret Van Allen - Sheboygan Press - Thursday - April 16, 1936
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Granddaughter Of A Pioneer Called

Mrs. W. J. VanAllen, who passed away April 15, in the Wisconsin General hospital at Madison, was a daughter of Mrs. Margaret (Gretchen) Odenbrett, 45, the latter a daughter of John Mallmann, a Sheboygan pioneer who built and for many years operated the Pigeon River flour mill, and who also built and operated a flour and feed store which is still standing at 702 Center avenue, and which was for years occupied by the Press Publishing company until the new Press building was built on the east side of 7th street. Mrs. VanAllen was a very talented violinist and teacher of that instrument. She introduced violin instruction in the Sheboygan public schools, and thus our city was first in Wisconsin to include violin instruction in the schools, Professor Theodore Winkler having endorsed her class instruction on the violin heartily. She was a teacher of class violin groups and possessed exceptional ability as such. Her musical education had the benefit of eminent violinists in Chicago and at the Wisconsin University School of Music. The deceased is survived by her husband, by a son, Thomas James VanAllen, by a sister, Miss Wilma Odenbrett, this city, and by three aunts, Miss Katherine Mallmann of Sheboygan, Mrs. Mary Beach of Pasadena, Calif., and Mrs. Edward Grieb of Milwaukee. One sister, Etta Odenbrett Geltsch, passed away several months ago.

Sheboygan Press - Friday - April 17, 1936

Funeral services for Mrs. W.J. VanAllen, well-known former teacher of violin, who died Wednesday morning at the Wisconsin General hospital, at Madison, will be held Saturday at 9 a.m., at St. Clement’s church, following brief services at the VanAllen home, 621 St. Clair avenue. The Rev. J.E. Delany will officiate and interment will be made in Calvary cemetery. The body will lie in state at the VanAllen home from this evening until the time of services Saturday morning.

Sheboygan Press. Sat. April 18, 1936

Funeral Services For Mrs. VanAllen Held Here Today


Funeral services for Mrs. Marjorie Odenbrett VanAllen, wife of W.J. VanAllen, who passed away Wednesday at the Wisconsin General hospital at Madison, were held here at 8:30 a.m., today at the VanAllen home, 621 St. Clair avenue, and at 9 a.m., with a requiem mass at St. Clement’s church. The Rev. J.E. Delany officiated and burial was made in Calvary cemetery. The services were largely attended by relatives and friends from this city and out-of-town. There were also many beautiful floral tributes and innumerable spiritual bouquets. Pallbearers were: Cecil Coon, Anton Leonhardt, Allen Hammes, Clarence Knauf, Dr. Alban Gerend and Dr. M.L. Richdorf. Out-of-town persons at the services included: Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Coon, Mrs. W.D. VanAllen, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Kellett, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Averbeck, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Young and Mrs. Coon, all of Fond du Lac; Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Van Allen of Wautoma, Mrs. Herman Schweer, Miss Marguerite Canvan, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Grieb, and Miss Maude McCreery, all of Milwaukee; William Knauf of Chilton and Tony Trester of Madison.

n.b. Margaretha Katharina Odenbrett was baptized on Mar. 21, 1889 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Milwaukee WI.


William J. Van Allen - Sheboygan Press
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William J. Van Allen, 86, of 133 Stafford St., Plymouth, died Tues. June 19, 1990 at Grandcare Nursing Home in Fond du Lac. He founded a business in Plymouth in 1947 as a franchised Culligan dealer. Since then he has been a member of the “Soft Water Service Operators Association” succeeded by “Water Conditioning Association International” succeeded by the “Water Quality Association”. He held various offices in the WQA of Wisconsin as president, secretary and since 1965 as liaison representative with the Wisconsin Legislature and the Wisconsin Bureau of Plumbing, lead the fight to enact a Wisconsin law enabling water conditioning dealers to be eligible to take a correspondence course supervised by the Wisconsin Plumbing Bureau resulting int he issuance of Master Journeymen, and learner (restricted) licenses. Wisconsin dealers no longer need relay on competing plumbers to install their equipment. He was honored on his 80th birthday in 1983 with a “Citation” by the Wisconsin Legislature for his “Dedication To The Health and Welfare Of The Community and State”.

He is survived by his wife, Matilda (Tillie) Skrener; two sons, James of Green Bay and Richard of Milwaukee; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Coon and Mrs. Dorothy Ehlert of Fond du Lac.

Memorial services will be held at Salem United Church of Christ, Plymouth on Sat. June 30 at 11 a.m. A memorial is being established in his name.


Mathilda {Tillie} Elizabeth Vogds - Fond du Lac Reporter - Monday - October 19, 1981 - P. 17 - C. 4
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Mrs. Mathilda (Tillie) E. Vogds, 80, of Rt. 2, Sheboygan Falls, died this morning, Oct. 19, 1981, at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. A native of St. Cloud, Mrs. Vogds was born April 12, 1901, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Feldner Walgenbach. She married Alois Vogds on Oct. 25, 1920 in St. Cloud. Mr. Vogds preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 1976. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Wednesday until the time of services at Huehn’s Funeral Home, Sheboygan Falls. The funeral will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sheboygan Falls, with the Rev. Jerome Stoll officiating. Services for family members will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be Thursday at the church cemetery. Mrs. Vogds was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its Christian Mothers Society. She also was a member of the Auxiliary for the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William (Marjorie) Bradford, and a son, Lee Vogds, both of the Town of Sheboygan Falls. Mrs. Vogds was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, a sister and a brother.


John Van Akkeren - Sheboygan Press - Tuesday - November 9, 1909 - P. 1
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Van Akkeren Of This City Killed

Hit By Passenger Train

Carried on Pilot into Sheboygan Falls -- Lived Here


John Van Akkeren residing at 1905 Indiana Avenue was struck by the Fond du Lac passenger train leaving here shortly after 2 o'clock this afternoon and killed. He was riding his wheel on his way to Riverside at the time the accident occurred and was carried on the pilot of the engine clear to Sheboygan Falls. As the engine slowed down, he fell to the ground and this was the first information the train crew had of the accident. He was carried into the depot and expired before medical aid could be summoned. His skull was fractured and he had other injuries indicating that he was unconscious from the time he was struck. Mr. Van Akkeren left his home shortly after 1 o'clock this afternoon on his wheel for Riverside where he has been employed for several years by the Kohler people and was held in high esteem. He is a man about 35 years of age and leaves a wife and several children. When train No. 409 pulled into Sheboygan Falls this afternoon the body of a man was discovered on the pilot of the engine, with is skulll crushed ... The man had on pants guards, and a full dinner pail was strapped to his back indicating that he was riding a wheel at the time he was struck by the engine. His skull was crushed and he had a number of injuries about his body. The body was carried into the freight depot and Coroner Feagan summoned to Sheboygan Falls leaving here on the 3:30 car. Upon his arrival the names of the train crew were taken including Conductor Barlow and the inquest will be held later. Jurors will be drawn late this afternoon and Sheriff Hoehne will start out tonight. Both the engineer and fireman stated that they did not see the accident and did not know of the killing until the train pulled into Sheboygan Falls.

Sheboygan Press - Thursday - November 11, 1909 - P. 1

Funeral On Saturday


The funeral of John Van Akkeren, who met his death accidentally at Riverside when he was struck by a Northwestern train, will be held Saturday from his late home, 1905 Indiana avenue. Burial will be in Wildwood cemetery. John Van Akkeren was born in the Town of Wilson on August 30, 1867. He leaves besides his wife and three daughters, Laura, Ella and Rose, two brothers, Jacob and Isaac, and several sisters.

Sheboygan Press - Saturday - November 13, 1909 - P. 1

Van Akkeren Inquest Held Today

Eye Witnesses Testify

Students Tell How Fatal Accident Took Place


William Schaade was the first witness. He testified that on the day of the accident he saw the bicycle and car lying near the point where Van Akkeren was struck but arrived after the accident had occurred. He stated that he saw blood about three rods from the crossing. Fred Schaade was called next. He said he saw the accident from a point ?00 feet from the railroad crossing, while walking south toward it. Van Akkeren, he said, turned into the road leading north as the train approached and came down the incline, which dropped eight feet on a slope of twenty five feet and the back of the wheel in the sand indicated that he turned out when close to the track. He saw blood between the tracks about 25 or 30 feet from the point where the train struck the unfortunate man. Anna Hedding, eleven years old, next took the stand. She said she had mounted the fence near the Riverside school, to see the train go by when she saw the man approaching on his bicycle. He came down the slope, she said, and tried to turn out of the way when he saw he was in danger. He was about 5 feet from the track when he made the turn. The little girl said that she heard the train coming before she saw it and that she heard the whistle blow, although she did not notice whether the bell was ringing. She testified that the train did not stop, after the accident. She did not see the fireman or engineer looking out of the window. She went into school directly after the mishap. Otto Rickmeyer, marshal of Sheboygan Falls was next sworn. He testified that he was coming along the road running parallel to the right of way from the west, when he saw a man approaching from the opposite direction on a wheel. At the cross road he turned north and he was lost to view when he started down the incline there. At the same time, he said he heard the train approaching and a few minutes later, when he reached the railroad crossing he saw the wheel which was thrown about 40 feet and about 200 feet down the track his hat. He saw blood, he said along the track. He stated also that he heard the whistle blow. Dr. Pfeifer of Sheboygan Falls next took the stand. He testified that he was called to the depot and arrived there after the body was taken off of the pilot. On examination he found that the skull was fractured and the seat of the brain injured. Van Akkeren was alive he said when he first saw him and that his pulse was beating about thirty a minute. A few minutes later he died, after being removed into the depot. Dr. R. M. Nicholas next took the stand and testified that he was called to examine Van Akkeren in conjunction with Dr. Pfeifer. The man was dead when he reached him. The center bone of the skull was depressed he said and this with the injury to the brain is what caused his death. Edith Van Ouwererk, twelve years old, was next called. She testified that she saw the accident from the southwest corner of the crossing of the road. She said she saw the man coming on his bicycle from the east and that the train was coming at about the same time. The man turned down the incline and when a few feet from the track turned out as though to avoid the collision. She said she did not hear the bell or whistle having paid no attention to the train while watching the man. Engineer J. M. Melvin of 842 Michigan avenue, North Fond du Lac, next took the stand and testified in substance as follows. "I was engineer on the train that left Sheboygan Tuesday afternoon bound west. We were nine minutes late and although we tried to make up for lost time we did not go at a rate much faster than our usual rate because we had an extra coach on the train. We were going slow at the crossing because we had just climbed the hill, set the automatic bell-ringer before we reached the whistling post and when reached the post I blew the whistle as usual. The first intimation I had of the accident was when the fireman told me a man was lying on the platform, he having been informed by persons who saw the man from where they stood on the platform. The man was lying on the pilot beam apparently dead, he was lying on his left side on the pilot beam, with his head in about the center and his feet protruding about six inches over the left end of the beam." A. D. Larson of the McGivvern house, North Fond du Lac, fireman on the train which struck, took the stand next, and testified in part as follows: The train left Sheboygan nine minutes behind time and an effort was made to make up for lost time although they were handicapped by an additional coach. He did not know of the accident until at Sheboygan Falls, bystanders told him there was a man on the pilot. He looked out and saw the feet sticking out from the pilot beam and told the engineer, whereupon the two went down without any further conversation. He said he was not looking out of the window at the crossing because he was busy with his work on account of the additional weight of the train, caused by the extra coach. He said that the engineer sounded his whistle and rang his bell before the crossing was reached. He estimated the speed at which they were traveling at between 28 and 30 miles an hour. The jury then filed out and returned the following verdict, after being out 15 minutes: We the Jury find that John Van Akkeren died from the injuries received by being struck by the engine of the Chicago Northwestern train at Riverside crossing on the 9th day of Nov., 1909.


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