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Vande Berg, Ben and Alice Vande Stouwe


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg (email)
Date: 1/15/2016 at 08:56:01


Ben Vane Berg was born near Newkirk, Iowa on July 30, 1877 to John Vande Berg and Wilhelmina Kastein who were noted pioneers of Welcome Township settling there in 1879.

Benís father had come to America in 1865, and settled briefly at Alto Wisconsin married there and then came to the Newkirk Iowa area about 1873. Later in about 1878 the family moved to Ninety Six and later named the township Welcome Township. See other Bios on Benís parents, John and Wilhelmina (Kastein) Vande Berg and Benís grandparents, Beert and Aaltje (Juffer) Vanden Berg.

Alice Vande Stouwe was born in Elburg, Gelderland, Netherlands on October 2, 1877 to Gerrit Vande Stouwe and Harmpje Vanden Berg. Alice came to America at the age of four years with her parents, a twin sister and one brother, Willem, other Vande Stouwe children were born in Sioux county slso. Her grandmother widow, Mrs. Jacob Vanden Berg, nee Geertje Rens, and a brother Jan Vande Berg came along with the family and settled in Orange City, Iowa.

Ben and Alice Vande Berg were married in Sioux Center by the pioneer minister Rev. De Pree on October 24, 1898. They were the parents of the following children: John B. Vande Berg 1901-1988 of Sioux Center; Gerrt B. 1903-1972 of Sioux Center; Mina (Mrs. Arthur Vande Berg) 1906-1973 of Sioux Center; Harretta (Mrs. Lloyd Bolks) of Hull, and Mary (Mrs. John Colenbrander) 1916-1989 of Sioux Center.

Ben and Alice Vande Berg farmed for several years after their marriage near Sioux Center and owned a number of farms in the area. They moved to Sioux Center about 1910 and built a new home on the site of the former Depot bank, and also known as Kroonís corner on north 7th street and main. Ben was involved in the Farmers State Bank for some years prior to 1920, on the school board in 1919 and active in the cattle business for many years.

Ben retired and was night watchman and cop in Sioux Center prior to his death in 1944. Alice died in 1963. A broad family history of the Vande Berg family was presented in an over 600 page family history book authored by Wilma J. Mrs. Don Lee Vande Berg in 1995. Don Lee was a son of John B. Vande Berg and a grandson of Ben and Alice Vande Berg.

Bios presented by Wilma J. Vande Berg


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