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John (Jan) Van De Berg

Founder of Welcome Township, zoon van Beert van den Berg en Aaltje Juffer, geboren 3-4-1845 Oldebroek [45], overleden 24-1-1907 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens

Trouwt 5-11-1869 USA Wisconsin Alto met Willemina (Wilhelmina) Kastein, dochter van Roelof Kastein en Elisabeth te Beest, geboren 8-2-1849 Aalten De Heurne [9], overleden 1-6-1912 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens

Kinderen:

  1. Johnny R Van De Berg, geboren vr 1872, jong overleden
  2. Aaltje (Ella, Alice) Van De Berg, geboren 15-7-1872 USA WI Alto, overleden 5-12-1938 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens
  3. Gerrit Van De Berg, geboren 27-5-1874 USA WI Alto, overleden 5-12-1950 USA IA Orange City en begraven Sioux Center Memory Gardens
    Trouwt Driesje (Lizzie) Rozeboom, dochter van Jan Rozeboom en Hermina Schipper, geboren 9-11-1875 NL Doornspijk [81], overleden 31-3-1948 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens
  4. Ben Van De Berg, geboren 30-7-1877 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 17-4-1944 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens
    Trouwt 1898 Alice (Aaltje) Vander Stouwe, dochter van Gerrit van der Stouwe en Harmtjen van den Berg, geboren 7-10-1877 NL Elburg [67], overleden 26-6-1963 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens
  5. Ralph J Van De Berg, geboren 12-3-1878 USA IA Newkirk, overleden 8-3-1955 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens
  6. Hattie (Driesje) Van De Berg, geboren 11-7-1883 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 14-8-1974 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven 17-8 USA IA Sioux Center Memory Gardens
  7. John Van De Berg, geboren 16-3-1885 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 19-12-1963 USA IA Sheldon en begraven USA IA Hull Hope Cemetery
    Trouwt 22-8-1910 USA IA Sioux Center Alice Nettinga, dochter van Cathrinus Nettinga en Akke W Wynia, geboren 8-9-1888 USA IA LeMars, overleden 14-3-1960 USA IA Sheldon en begraven USA IA Hull Hope Cemetery
  8. Gertrude Van De Berg, geboren 1887, overleden 1957 en begraven USA IA Rock Rapids Riverview Cemetery
    Trouwt John De Roos, zoon van Oepke De Roos en Tryntje Vander Stoep, geboren 27-2-1988 USA IA Orange City, overleden USA IA Rock Rapids en begraven Riverview Cemetery
  9. Elizabeth Van De Berg, geboren 11-2-1880 USA IA Hull, overleden 20-12-1952 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven USA IA Hull Hope Cemetery
    Trouwt 8-3-1901 USA IA Hull Jacob Gorzeman, geboren 16-1-1874 NL, overleden 29-3-1945 USA IA Hull begraven Hope Cemetery
  10. Mina Van De Berg, geboren 1892
    Trouwt Andrew De Roos

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HSC600 - Family History F647:

VANDE BERG, JOHN AND WILHELMINA (KASTEIN)

John Vande Berg was born Jan Vanden Berg in Oldebroek Holland on April 3, 1845. He came to America as a single young man in 1865 at 19 years of age. He first settled at Alto, WI where many other people from bis home in Holland were settling at the time. After a year his parents family, Beert Vanden Berg and wife Aaltje Juffer and their six children joined him in Alto in April of 1866.

John Vande Berg married Wilhelmina Kastein on November 5, 1869 in Alto, WI. Wilhelmina was born February 8, 1849 in Dinxperloo, Holland to Roelof Kastein and Elizabeth Ter Beest. Wilhelmina came to America with her family in 1867.

The house built by John Vande Berg on the farm he settled on in 1879, located one mile east and
one half north of the northeast edge of Sioux Center. A great-great-grandson Arlin Vande Berg
lives on the farm today and the farm is owned by his father Elmer Vande Berg.

John and Wilhelmina Vande Berg left Alto, WI in the summer of 1873 by covered wagon drawn by oxen and arrived at the location they homesteaded near Newkirk, JA in Floyd township section 6. They had a very long grueling trip and lost a baby that had to be buried along the way. They lived in a sod house for several years. In 1879 John and Wilhelmina and their three children Alice, Gerrit and Ben moved to Welcome township section 34, about one mile east and one half north of what is now the northeast edge of Sioux Center. The area settled in was nothing but prairie at the and was called Ninety-Six, until John renamed it Welcome Township, and as the name implies, all were welcome. The family moved into a shanty on the 380 acres that John had purchased for $2.00 per acre. John's brother Henry, had lived in this shanty the previous year while he was breaking some prairie for his brother. Shortly after moving there a son, Ralph, was born and he is believed to be the first child born in the township. There is more information in the history section of this book on their early Welcome Township days.

At that time food and staples had to be bought at Lemars and brought back in barrels. In order to collect enough fuel the children were sent out on the prairie to gather anything that would burn including buffalo chips. A room in the family home was always ready for travelers that stopped by and any one who needed hospitality. On one occasion when the children were older, the parents and the two youngest daughters Gertrude and Mina went on an extended trip back to Holland about in 1900, some rough looking characters came to spend the night at the Vande Berg home. The children ware quite nervous and they put chairs under the door knobs and furniture up against the doors that night. They ware glad to see the unwelcome visitors leave in the morning.

John Vande Berg Family about 1905. Seated: Wilhelmina (Kastein) Vande Berg 1849-1912 and
John Vande Berg 1845-1907. Standing L-R: Alice Vande Berg (Mrs. Johannes Rozeboom) 1873
-1938 of Sioux Center, Gerrit Vande Berg 1874-1950 of Sioux Center, Elizabeth Vande Berg (Mrs.
Jacob Gorzeman) 1800-1952 of Hull IA, Ben Vande Berg 1877-1944 of Sioux Center, Hattie
Vande Berg (Mrs. Gerrit Van Roekel) 1883-1974 of Sioux Center, Ralph Vande Berg 1879-1955
of Sioux Center, Gertrude Vande Berg (Mrs. JohnDe Roos) 1887-1957 of Hull IA, John Vande
Berg 1885-1963 of Hull IA, and Mina Vande Berg (Mrs. Andrew De Roos) 1892 of Hull IA.

A granddaughter recalls her mother telling of butchering time on the farm. A large brick oven was in the grove for the purpose of cooking and smoking the meat. One day daughter Elizabeth and Driesje (Hattie) were stoking up the huge brick oven and an awful noise came from inside, to their surprise out jumped a very singed cat.

From the time John Vande Berg settled near Sioux Center in 1879 until his death in 1907 at only sixty two years of age, this ambitious sturdy Dutch pioneer had endured many hardships, and accomplished a tremendous amount in the area, with his contribution to the county. politics of the day. He founded and named Welcome Township, he actively established the first country schools as well as helped organize the Sioux Center schools. He helped organize the first church in Sioux Center and the family were members of the Reformed Church in Sioux Center until l903. He established several businesses which included a creamery in Welcome Township, and he was one of the founders and president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Sioux Center from about 1984 to 1900. He was also reported to have been a trustee at a college in Holland MI in the college's early days. He traveled to Michigan quite often because of family ties there, also. He acquired many farms in the area and added to this domain by hiring the emigrants to whom he sent tickets in Holland to come to America. These emigrants would have to work for him for a certain period of time to repay their passage fee, but occasionally one would leave prematurely only to be tracked down by John and be forced to fill his obligation.

His influence at the time earned him the title "King John," He built a large home on the home place that is now owned by Elmer Vande Berg, a great grandson, and Arlin Vande Berg, a great great grandson, now lives on the old home place. The main part of the original house remains having been remodeled over the years. John left each of his children a farm at his death.

John and Wilhelmina moved to Hull in 1903 to spend the last years of their life, however, John died in 1907 and he and his wife and at least three of their children that died at young ages are buried in the family plot in the local cemetery. A large granite tombstone in the old part of the cemetery marks this plot. The tombstone was so heavy that moving it from the railroad to the cemetery broke any hard surfaces it passed over.
Many local residents of Sioux Center are descendants of this pioneer family. Many of their descendants are scattered all the United States, also.

By Wilma J. Vande Berg

Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa Headstone for the plot of John Vande Berg and Wilhelmina Kastein Vande Berg and their infant children.
Far Northeast section, from road north of cemter south to large headstone in the north central part of the section.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa In VandeBerg plot with big Headstone. Baby believed to be a child of John and Wilhelmina. NE section row 5 from N-S road.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa Baby R. buried in lot of John and Wilhelmina VandeBerg near large VandeBerg Headstone. Presumed to be a baby of J & W. Location: East side N-S road, north center on east side of road.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa Stone goes with the large VandeBerg Headstone in the NE part of the cemetery. Located east of the east N-S road in the older part.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa In VandeBerg plot with big Headstone. Baby believed to be a child of John and Wilhelmina. NE section row 5 from N-S road.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa Baby R. buried in lot of John and Wilhelmina VandeBerg near large VandeBerg Headstone. Presumed to be a baby of J & W. Location: East side N-S road, north center on east side of road.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa Small son buried in the John and Wilhelmina VandeBerg lot near large headstone. Believed to be a child of J. and W. VandeBerg NE part of cemetery east of the N-S road in the old part of cemtery.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa North section just west of the east side (N-S)cemetery road, going west row 10, rows are staggered.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa North section just west of the east side (N-S)cemetery road, going west row 14, rows are staggered.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa North section just west of the east side (N-S)cemetery road, going west row 14, rows are staggered.
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project:
Memory Gardens Cemetery Sioux County, Iowa Hope Cemetery Hull Iowa. Center area north of the center Monument, starting from the east side of this section row 8/9. Jacob 1874-1945 Husband of Elizabeth [and close by Elizabeth herself].
    

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