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VandeBerg, Andrew and Tryntje 'Tracy' Bruins


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg (email)
Date: 4/21/2019 at 09:39:04

This Bio from an obit posted by Lydia Lucas and reposted in this Bio section by W. J. Vande Berg. There is a good deal of family information in the book 'Vande Berg' by Wilma J. Vande Berg available at the Sioux center Library.

From the Alton Democrat, September 23, 1927:
Andrew Vander Berg, Homesteader—Buried Tuesday at Orange City
Andrew Van Der Berg, one of the early pioneers of the county and a man of sterling worth, passed away September 9 at his home in Orange City after an illness of almost a year caused by a cancer. Funeral services for the splendid citizen who helped make Sioux county history were held at the First Ref. church, Orange City, September 12, Rev. Colenbrander, the pastor, and Rev. Lumkes of Boyden, conducting the services. Burial was in the Orange City cemetery.
Mr. Van Der Berg was 77 years and 8 months of age at the time of his passing to the Beyond. He was born January 9, 1850 at Oldebroek, Netherlands, and came to this country in 1866. In 1872 he came to Sioux County, homesteading four miles north and one and a half miles east of what is now the Orange City ball park.
He was a man of broad vision and large heart. To know him was to give him one’s respect and liking. He served on the county board of education for nine years. He was one of the pioneer members who helped organize the Newkirk Ref. church and as one of the very early settlers helped organize other movements of importance that are reflected in the later development of our county along sane lines.
He was married to Miss Tracy (Bruins) Sipma who was a step-daughter of the famous Pioneer Sipma who accompanied the party by mule team overland from Pella in 1869, deciding to locate on the broad and rolling prairies of Sioux county a colony of settlers, the vanguard of which began to come in 1870. They were married by Dominie Bolks at Orange City, Sioux county’s first preacher, counselor and helper in time of distress.
Ten children were born to them, all of whom, besides the widow, survive their beloved father. In the order of their ages they are: Gerrit of Orange City; Bertha (Mrs. Peter De Graaf), Alton; Charles of Crawford, Colorado; Allie (Mrs. E. Miedema), Ypsilanti, N.D.; Hattie (Mrs. James Van Zyl), Springfield, S.D.; Katie (Mrs. E. Van Zandbergen), Marion, N.D.; Lilian (Mrs. Bert Van Zyl), Hospers; Henry and Albert, both of Orange City.
Besides the children two brothers and two sisters survive: Lambert of Sioux Center; Henry of Sheldon; Mrs. G. Ver Beek of Westfield, N.D.; and Mrs. R. Rozeboom of Zion, Ill. One brother and two sisters preceded him to the Beyond.
All of the children and Mr. Van Der Berg’s brothers and sisters were present at the funeral. Among others from a distance who came were Mrs. John Boterman and sons John and Joe, of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; the Charles Wynia family of Akron, V. E. Smith of Alto.
[The obituary includes a portrait photo, but so dark in the online newspaper as to be un-viewable.]
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An obituary in De Volksvriend (September 15, 1927) adds that his family first lived in Wisconsin before coming to Sioux County in the autumn of 1872 by covered wagon. He married Tryntje in December 1875. It also spells his surname “van den Berg.”
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The Sioux County Cemetery Index has Vande Berg, Andrew, b. 1850, d. 10 Sep 1927, w: Trintje, West Lawn Cemetery, Orange City, IA. His FindaGrave.com page also has his surname as Vande Berg, with photos of his headstone and the Vande Berg family stone.
His death certificate has Andrew Vander Berg, resident of Orange City for 16 years; retired; wife Trintje Brunia or Brunea; born Jan 7, 1850 in the Netherlands; father Ben Vander Berg, mother’s name not known to the informant, Peter Graf; died at 8 p.m. September 9, 1927; cause, “carcinoma of sigmoid late metastasis to lung (rt),” duration 1 year.
Census records and marriage and birth records for their children give his name variously as Andrew V D Berg, Andrew Vander Berg, Andrew Vande Berg, and Dries Van Der Berg.
A birth index entry on WieWasWie.nl has Dries van den Berg, son of Beert van den Berg, a farmer, and Aaltje Juffer, born 9 January 1850 in Oldebroek, Gelderland.
A Sioux County marriage register entry for the marriage of Hattie and James Van Zyl in 1911 shows her parents as Andrew J. Van de Berg and Trientje Bruinea.


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