Sioux County, Iowa



Ralph and Agnes (Muilenburg) Boeyink were married at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa, on May 28, 1908. Ralph was born to Henry and Johanna (Kastein) Boeyink (See separate story) in Wisconsin on February 19, 1881. Agnes was the daughter of Jacob and Aaltje (Vander Meer) Muilenburg (See separate story) and was born August 14, 1882, in South Dakota. They farmed one mile west and one mile north of Sioux Center in Welcome Township until 1927 when they moved to town. Ralph was employed at the Coop Lumber Yard. For years, Agnes worked with Dr. Maris delivering babies and taking care of the mothers and babies in their homes.

Ralph and Agnes had a large family: Gerrit "Gary" Boeyink married Jane Eva De Mots, now both deceased, and were from Sioux Center. Gladys (Mrs. Sam Bruinsma), they are living in Sioux Center; Jake Boeyink married Barbara Vos, both deceased; Esther married John Bleeker, both now deceased, and lived in Sioux Center; Joyce, married Jack Moeller, and lives in Sioux Center; Roberta married Don Colon, and lives in Sioux Center; Leona, married Hallie Russell, and lives in LeMars, Iowa; and Donna married Arnold Kwikkel and they live in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Entertainment as a family was spending time with neighbors and relatives playing cards and making homemade ice cream. Mother Agnes was an excellent cook and people enjoyed coming to our house. One of her big accomplishments was making 25 angel food cakes from scratch for her parents 50th wedding anniversary. We also enjoyed going to town and church in the bob sled. The First Reformed Church had lots of horse barns for the horses while we were in church.

Ralph and Agnes were both active in the First Reformed Church which they attended most of their married life. They later transferred to Central Reformed Church where they were active until their deaths. Ralph died on May 3, 1941, and Agnes on Nov. 17, 1948.

Agnes' wedding dress, which she made herself, was modeled by her great granddaughter, Allyson Franken, at Sioux Center's Centennial Banquet in 1989.

By Joyce Moeller

Source: Sioux Center Iowa 1991 Centennial Book--Family Contributor, Mary Haverhals


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