Gerrit J Van Roekel
Zoon van Lubbert (Lewis) van Roekel en Steventje van de Pol, geboren 15-8-1880 USA, overleden 19-3-1943 USA en begraven USA IA Mahaska County Black Oak Cemetery
Trouwt 18-2-1904 USA IA Pella Minnie van Heukelom, dochter van Ryk van Heukelom en Tryntje de Wild, geboren 27-9-1885, overleden 27-7-1973 en begraven USA IA Mahaska County Black Oak Cemetery
Minnie hertrouwt 25-10-1945 USA IA Pella Henry Niemeyer, zoon van Hendrik Niemeyer en Aaltje Fransen, geboren 16-12-1884 Markluiden, overleden 19-12-1967 USA IA Pella en begraven Oak Wood Cemetery
Nancy's notes about Gerrit (and Aart):
Brothers Aart and Gerrit, stayed on the home place (after their parents moved to Pella, Iowa) and farmed until 1904 when Aart purchased a farm of his own about a mile east of the home place. Gerrit continued to live on the family farm and in 1904 married Minnie Van Heukelom. They lived on the home place which they purchased in 1909 and farmed there until Gerrit's death in 1943. Minnie then moved to Pella.
From Pella History book, vol. 1: All farming was done by horsepower. All roads were dirt and transportation was horse drawn buggies, wagons and in the wintertime, bobsleds. Social life consisted mainly of visiting relatives and neighbors with school activities playing an important part of life in the community.
Threshing was done by steam power and all neighbors joined hands to get the job done.
Everybody had large gardens, canned vegetables and slaughtered pork and beef. Many made their own bologna and dried, smoked beef. Hoghead cheese (sounds interesting?) was a common diet.
In 1916, Gerrit and Minnie purchased their first car, a Reo touring car which they owned for 9 years. It had 23,000 miles on the speedometer which was considered high mileage in those days.
Mrs. Henry (Minnie) Niemeyer, the former Mrs. Gerrit J. Van Roekel, 87, died Friday at the Pella Community Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1885 in Mahaska County, the daughter of Ryk and Tryntje De Wild Van Heukelom.
She married Gerrit J Van Roekel on Feb. 18, 1904 at Pella and he preceded her in death in 1943. She married Henry Niemeyer on Oct. 25,1945 at Pella and he preceded her in death in 1967
She spent her entire lifetime in the Pella area The Van Roekels farmed until the time of his death when she moved to Pella. She was a resident of Fair Haven the past two years.
She is survived by her children- Louis G. Van Roekel. Richard Van Roekel and Mrs. Dave (Stevanna) Roorda, all from Pella, Henry A Van Roekel, Leighton, and Mrs Henry (Tena) Roorda, Pella, 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three sisters -- Mrs Abram (Johanna) Bogaards and Mrs. A.T. (Jennie) Ver Meer, both from Pella; and Mrs. Cornie (Caroline) De Goey, Newton.
She is preceded in death by her husbands; three brothers - Gerrit, Teunis and Albert Van Heukelom; and two sisters - Mrs. Peter (Henrietta) Olivier and Mrs James (Bertha) Nunnikhoven.
She was a member of Trinity Reformed Church in Pella at the time of her death.
Funeral services were Monday at the Trinity Reformed Church with Rev. Wayne Hall officiating. Casket Bearers were: Louis G Van Roekel, Richard Van Roekel, Henry A. Van Roekel, Dave Roorda and Henry Roorda. Interment was in Black Oak Cemetery in Mahaska County and arrangements were made by the Garden Chapel Funeral Home.
(From The Pella Chronicle, Wednesday , August 1st, 1973, Page 7)