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Sandbulte, Arend 1865-1929 and Dirkje Holwerda family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 5/9/2020 at 08:44:26

From the Sioux Center Centennial Book 1870-1991 “A People With Convictions” pages 500 &501
The story is authored by Ardene VerHoef
Submitted by – Wilma J. Vande Berg

Sandbulte, Arend Jan (A. J.) and Dirkje Holwerda family.

Arend Jan Sandbulte was born on April 5, 1865, in Gelderland, the Netherlands His parents were Anthony and (Johanna) Grievink Sandbulte. The Sandbulte name came from the sand hills near the German Border where the family farmed. By the time Arend was 24 years old, both his parents had died, so, looking for new opportunities away from those poor farmlands, he and two brothers, Herman and Johan, Johan’s wife, Johanna, and a sister Hendrika, sailed for America. Wilhem and Hendrik, also brothers, moved to the Dusseldorf area in Germany, and their descendants are found there.

Upon arrival in America Hendrika Sandbulte stayed in New York while Arend, Herman, and Johan and Johanna went on to Orange City, Iowa; they farmed in the area.

Dirkje Holwerda was born on July 19, 1870. She and her mother, Aartje Holwerda, lived in Hijum, Friesland, the Netherlands. Nearby lived Aartje’s parents and her brother Maarten and his family. As Dirkje grewup she enjoyed life with this extended family; holidays brought special fun – December 6 St. Nick’s Day, was a day for searching out hidden gifts; the children ran from house to house to find their presents. “Maarten – ome” taught music in the village school and also gave private singing lessons. As Dirkje grew into her teens she often helped him and served as his substitute on occasion. When she was 18 years old, in 1888, she and her mother emigrated to the United States and settled in Orange City, Iowa.

On March 7, 1894, Arend Jan Sandbulte and Dirkje Holwerda were married in Orange City. Reverend Matthew Koyn, pastor of the First Reformed Church, preformed the ceremony.

The Sandultes began their lives together on a farm three miles west and ¼ mile south of ‘Kroon’s Corner’. This farm was owned by Hendrik Beernink family, and the Sandbultes continued to rent and live there, although they purchased another farm near Ireton and in turn had renters there.
The early years on the farm brought sadness to Arend and Dirkje lost three sons to infant or early childhood deaths. The were Anthony, born Jan 20, 1895; Antonia, born December 1, 1896; and Anthony, born March 4, 1898. Never again to name anther son for Arend’s father, the couple had seven children who were born in the farmhouse and thrived. Aartje Etta was born on July 27, 1899; Johanna Elizabeth, February 2, 1901; Henrietta, March 14, 1903; Johann ‘Joe’, March 29,1905; Bernard ‘Ben’, February 17, 1907; Cynthie ‘Cynthia’ April 7, 1909; Agnes, December 16, 1911; and unnamed baby girl was born to the Sandbultes on about April 8, 1919, and she died on April 15, living just one week.

The Sandbulte farm was a busy place. Horses were used to power the farming equipment, the barns and sheds housed stock animals, and the children learned early to work hard. Etta, though, was the only daughter involved in farming chores, the girls of the family helped in the house and garden, cleaning, laundering (with a dog treadmill-driven washing machine; the dog disappeared each Monday morning), cooking, canning, etc. The farm sustained the family; the garden was a favorite of Dirkje’s as she worked in her wooden shoes aloing the rows of vegetables. In the fall and winter, hogs and beef were butchered in the yard, and the women canned or salted all the meat. The family ate well; Dirkje was a good cook, and relatives, friends , neighbors and farm hands loved to put their feet under her bountiful table.

Dirkje taught her daughters how to do ‘hand work’ especially embroidering, knitting, crocheting, and sewing; although early pieces were often stiff with perspiration from tense fingers by the time they were completed, the girls became as good as their mother in producing beautiful work.

Survivors in this family recall a very loving home. Arend assumed the duties of nurse whenever anyone was ill. In her youth Johanna contracted meningitis; her father cared for her around the clock for weeks, sometimes carrying her stiffened, slight form from room to room. Because her head was so painful no one could touch Johanna’s long, thick hair during her illness. As she recuperated, her father spent hours and hours over a period of many days slowly and gently combing out the tangles.

Arend was also the shopper. He enjoyed helping his children choose their rather rare store bought clothes, and he loved to surprise the children with gifts on special occasions.

The children were raised speaking Friese and Dutch; when they went to school, a rural one-room school, Center Township Number 1, they were confronted with the English Language, and so became trilingual. Education was important in this family, and Arend was the Director for this school for about 25 years, the time his children were students there. At the end of each school year a picnic for all the district’s families was held on the Sandbulte farm place. A play ground was erected in the grove, and games and food were the order of the day. One year, due to rain the picnic was held in the house; it was a crowded affair. When Arend retired from the directorship, the folks in the district held a party for him and presented him with a rocking chair.

The family home was rather small, with one bedroom down stairs and two, plus a storeroom upstairs. Ben and Joe slept in the storeroom during their teen years, and during the winter it was an icy place. The only heat upstairs was provided by the chimney of the space heater in the living room below. Although space was limited, the Sandbultes took in Dirkje’s mother in her declining years. Grandmother died in the master bedroom after several years of care. Later Uncle Herman, Arend’s bachelor brother was given the same hospitality and care; he, too. Died in the master bedroom.

At first the house had no modern conveniences. As the years went by, a telephone was installed, then electricity, but the pleasures of indoor plumbing were never experienced by the family in this house.

After a day’s work, the family looked forward to a relaxing evening. They loved to play cards under the gaslight, but Ma insisted that the girls put in several hours of handwork first. The living room housed a pump organ. The family members loved to sing, but Cynthia was the only child to take organ lessons. Social events included visiting, parties and church activities. The Sandbultes were member of the First Reformed church in Sioux Center, where all the children were baptized. Sunday evenings, after Christian Endeavor, the young folks began to court. The older girls were courted in buggies, a romantic form of transportation in good weather.

After finishing elementary school Joe and Ben worked on the home farm: The girls, who had been well trained, were hired by various families as housekeepers. As the girls found mates and married, these weddings took place at home. These were all day affairs with a noon banquet of all. Agnes’ wedding was held at Henrietta and John Schuiteman’s home; since ‘shivaree-ers’ were expected in the evening, Joe and Ben , well known in the county for their strength, were called upon to keep things from getting out of hand.

In the spring of 1929 Arend and Dirkje bought and moved to the house at 619 1st Ave N. E. in Sioux Center. Arend was ill with cancer, and he died at home on September 23, 1929. Henrietta recalled visiting with her father a few dys before his death; as she wept at his bedside, he said “ock, Dreka, gif moet niet schreewen, ik ben wan alles hier opt aarda verlost..” (Oh, Hendrietta, you must not cry, I am released from all earthly things. )

“Grandma Sandbulte’s house” became a hub for the family; her grandchildren could always expect a warm welcome there which included lots of food. One winter, after a disastrous summer for the crops on the Ireton farm, there was very little income for Dirkje, so she closed up the house and much to the delight of her grandchildren, made the rounds, spending several weeks in each of her children’s homes.

Dirkje remained in her home of Frist Avenue until 1959, when she moved to the nursing wing of the Sioux Center Community Hospital., she died there on October 3, 1963, at the age of 93, years.

Etta married Henry Den Herder (July 18, 1899) On February 23 1921. They had four daughters; Geneva Dorothy, December 23, 1921; Dorothy Geneva , April 21, 1924; Joan, January 17, 1934; and Ruth Elaine, December 7, 1942.

Johanna married Opke Feekes (Oct 13, 1895) on February 23, 1922. They had two children Katherine, February 25, 1923; and Arnold, July 16, 1925. Having earlier had a stroke, Johanna died on January 25, 1974 and Opke on April 11, 1983.

Henrietta married John Schuiteman (November 19, 1896 – Apr 17,192) on February 19, 1925. They had six children: Arthur, January 11, 1926; Delma Arlene, February 6, 1928; Arvin John, September 28, 1930 – September 13, 1975; Wilmina, October 9, 1934; Norma Elaine, November 11, 1937; and Robert Leroy, March 31, 1941.

Joe married Johanna Lena Ter Horst (July 30, 1906 – January 2, 1944) on February 21, 1929. They had three children: Darlene Faye, August 15, 1930; Gerald Keith, December 14, 1933; and Arlon John, September 14, 1938. On March 7, 1948, Joe married Alice Vander Berg (Febuary 4, 1915) who had two sons from a previous marriage; Robert Lee, April 24, 1940, Hull; and Michael Dean, March 29, 1944 Hull. Together Joe and Alice had Julie Ann born on August 10, 1956. Joe developed cancer, and he died on November 9, 1962.

Ben married Rene Rensink (October 21, 1910) on February 17, 1932. They had six children: Arend John, December 9, 1933; Ardene Ellen, April 26, 1937; Dorothy Ann, April 29, 1940; Wilbur Gene, December 25, 1942; Esther Mae, August 24, 1946; and Rachel Lynn, July 28, 1952. Ben died on April 27, 1963, having suffered a heart attack three weeks earlier.

Cynthia married Gerrit Rensink (September 29, 1907) – October 9, 1876) on January 28, 1931. They had five sons: Wilmer Gerald, March 22, 1933; Darrel Wayne and Donald Eugene, August 13, 1937; Milton James, February 14, 1941; and Ardith Ann, March 18, 1945; Carla Beth, August 27, 1952 and Joanne Kay December 18, 1953.

Except where especially noted, the people listed above were all born in the Sioux Center area.

Submitters’ Addition

SANDBULTE ANCESTORS – All born in the Netherlands
Sources www.genealogy.com and www.genealogie.nl

Arend’s parents

2. Antonij Sandbulte 1824 -1888

3. Johann Grievink1825-1884

Arend’s grand parents

4. Berend Sandbulte 1769

5. Johanna Sondern 1782

6. Lammert Grievink 1795

7. Theodora Johannes Heemink 1792

Arend’s great grandparents

8. Hendrik Sandbulte 1734

9. Johanna Maatjes 1737

10. Teunis Sondern/Sonerlo

11. Christina Wisselink

12. Tonij Grievink 1764

13. Cornelia Boland 1760

Submitter was unsuccessful finding the Holwerda ancestors.
In the 1925 census it states Dirkje Sanbuilte’s parents were Abe Holwerda and Aartje ‘Attje’ Holwerda
Only child born July 19, 1870 in municipality of Leeuwarderadeel Friesland, to mother Attje Abes Holwerda was Taekje Holwerda born July 19, 1870.


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