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Hulstein, William 1858 and Susie DeVries Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 8/20/2021 at 08:21:51

Hulstein, William 1858 and Susie De Vries Family

This story comes from the Sioux Center Centennial book of 1991, page 376, which was submitted to the book by Adella F. Hulstein. Beth De Leeuw transcribed it for thei BIOS and Wilma J. Vande Berg added some research notes, both of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society.

William Hulstein was born in Bennekom, Netherlands, the oldest son of Cornelius and Rikje (Van Roekel) Hulstein. He was born on Oct. 10, 1858. The family farmed in Holland until April 1871, when they left for the Pella, Iowa, area. Although the family liked Pella, Mr. Hulstein wanted to go further in the great free land. So in May, 1878, he adventured to Sioux County. The land seemed to be fertile and good to cultivate into crops.

On this trip, Cornelius was holding the horses, when he got the halter rope around his finger. The horse pulled and damaged muscles in his arm and hand. So, in June, his oldest son William followed him to Sioux Center to see how his father was getting along. The following February (1879), the remainder of the family joined them there.

Life was not easy. Diphtheria took a younger sister. Grasshoppers and a hailstorm took their first crop. Winter 1880-81 was severe with mountains of snow.

William married Sjertje (Susie) De Vries. Susie had been born in Franker, Friesland, Netherlands in 1863. She was the youngest child of Syie and Johanna (Wynia) De Vries. She had come to America just 3 years before her marriage to William, Nov. 21, 1883.

They began farming 1/4 mile east of the present north side of Sioux Center. William’s father had bought this land for $2.50 an acre. Later, they bought 160 acres, 3 miles west and 1/4 north of No. Sioux Center.

They grew most of their own food of which some was stored in cellars. Beans and apples were dried and hung in a cool place. Dried beef was kept in the oats bin while pork was stored beneath lard after butchering.

William served as one of the charter members of the Farmer’s Co-op Society Board of Directors. This enterprise was organized in May of 1907.

They had 5 sons, Cornelius, Johannes, Richard, Seine, and Gerrit and 2 daughters, Johanna and Reka. All 7 lived their lives in the Sioux Center area and have died there. Many of the 12 grandchildren live in this area yet.

Another youngster was taken into the family after the death of William’s sister, Cornelia (Hulstein) Dolieslager. The child, Gerrit Dolieslager, was only a few weeks old at the time of his mother’s death.

After 40 years of marriage, Susie died in 1923. Later, William retired on his original farm 1/4 mile east of Sioux Center which had been kept in the family all the while. William died in 1947.

Cornelius married Martena Plantage. They had 2 children, William C. who married Mary Kluis, and Artie who married Marion Jans. Both couples live in Sioux Center.

Johannes never married. He farmed west of town for many years.

Richard married Sara De Vries. They had a son and 2 daughters. William R. married Myna De Jong. Ethel married Alfred Hoogland. They live on a farm near Hospers. Sylvia married Marion Kredit. They reside in Margate. Florida.

Seine married Alice De Weerd. Their son, Wilbur is a Sioux Center resident.

Gerrit married Helen Beernink. They had 3 sons. Wilmer married Adella Juffer. Roland lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He married Carol Bush. Glen married Atty Kuiper. Wilmer and Glen still farm west of town.

Johanna never married. She cared for her father and later died here.

Reka married Joe Horstman. They had 3 children. Gerrit married Ruth Westra. William married Gertrude Van Ravenswaay. Both families farm north and west of Sioux Center. Evelyn married Leon Koele. They live in Sheldon.

Submitted By Adella F. Hulstein

RESEARCH NOTES – added by Wilma J. Vande Berg

BIERTH RECORD of Willem Cornelis Hulstein born to Cornelis Hulsten age 28 and Rikje Van Roekel on 10 Oct 1858 at Bennekom Ede, Gelderland Netherlands.

OBITUARY of William Hulstein 1858-1947
Born: October 10, 1858 Benkom, Netherlands
Died: May 18, 1947, Sioux Center, Iowa
Mr. William Hulstein Sr. passed away at his home on Sunday evening May 18, 1947 at the age of 88 years. He had been ailing several months due to the condition of his heart.
Born at Benkom, Netherlands, on October 10, 1858, Mr. Hulstein came to America at the age of 12 years. The family first settled at Pella and made their home there for eight years. Then they came to Sioux County where he spent the rest of his life in the immediate vicinity of Sioux Center. He was united in marriage to Sjoortje De Vries who preceded him in death on May 22, 1923. Two sisters and one brother also preceded him in death.
He is now survived by 5 sons, Cornelius, Johannes, Richard, Seine, and Gerrit, and two daughters Johanna and Reka (Mrs. Joe Horstman) all of Sioux Center. There are also 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a brother Steven Hulstein Sr. who survive.
Funeral services were held on Wed. afternoon May 21, at 1:30 at the First Reformed Church. Rev. L. A. Brunsting officiated.
Burial took place in the family lot at the local cemetery and his five sons and son-in-law were the pallbearers.
Source: Sioux Center News 5/22/1947

BIRTH RECORD of Sjoerdje De Vries born 10 Nov 1863 to Sije Germens De Vries and Johantje Eeltjes Wynia at Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands

OBITUARY of Susie Mrs. William Hulstein 1864-1923
Source: 5/30/1923 Sioux Center Nieuwsblad
May 22, 1923, Mrs. W. Hulstein (De Vries) died at age 59 years, 6 months, 12 days. Friends and neighbors are thanked for help and sympathy during her sickness and death.
Mrs. W. Hulstein and Mr. and Mrs. Hulstein (Plantage)
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Hulstein, Mrs. W. nee ‘ DeVries born 1864-1923 buried in Sioux Center Memory Gardens cemetery Sioux Center, IA.
Find A Grave lists Sjoerdje Hulstein 10 Nov 1863 Franeker Friesland Neth. Died 22 May 1923 Sioux Cener IA . husband William Hulstein, Children listed Cornelius, Johannes, Richard, Seine, Johanna, Gerrit and Reka.
Netherlands birth record lists Sjoerdje De Vries born 10 Nov 1863 to Sije Gemens De Vries and Johantje Eeljtes Wynia at Franeker, Friesland Netherlands.
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Sioux Center Nieuwsblad of Mary 30, 1923 In Dutch
Attempted translation:
Tuesday May 22 struck with a serious illness deprives of my dear husband and the children of a caring mother.
Mrs. W. Hulstein nee’ De Vries in the age of 50 years 6 months and 12 days. We have a lot of time, we do not discouraged as those who have no hope. For many years she has been allowed to profess her Savior here on earth and it was her desire to die with Him. When the prison of death was not moved, she was not moved, but said that she was ready to go to the eternal home to meet her Savior. The hope of a blissful recomfort to there grieved hearts.
The neighbors and friends are all thanked for their share and sympathy during the illness the death and the deceased.
Family – W. Hulstein, Mr. and Mrs. Hulstein nee’ Plantage, Johannes, Mr. and Mrs. Ryk Hulstein nee’ De Vries, Seine, Gerrit, Johanna, Rieka, and Gerrit C. Dolislager, - Hulstien.
1920 census of Plato Tsp Sioux County
Wm. C. Hulstein born 1852 Netherlands; wife Sjoerdje born abt 1864 Netherlands; children listed Cornelius 34, Johannes 32, Richard 30, Seine 28, Gerrit 24, Johanna 22, Rikje 19 and Gerrit 6.


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