Sioux County, Iowa



Cornelius (Cornie), son of John and Elsie (Wassink) Broek, whose story is elsewhere in this book, was born on January 23, 1926 near Sioux Center. Cornie attended country school through the 5th grade and then attended Christian School.

Albertha (Berdie) Bernice Hulstein Broek was born on January 9, 1928 to Raymond end Della (Gritters) Hulstein. Berdie is the oldest of thirteen children and was born near Sioux Center where she also attended country school.

Cornie and Berdie were married on February 11, 1948 and to this marriage were born four daughters: Judith Rae, Fonda Adell, Diane Faye and Kathy Ellen.

Cornie and Berdie Broek, 1988

Broek Family, 1988

Cornie and Berdie farmed their first years together starting with a 1943 R Minneapolis. They lived east of Carmel, later moving to Maurice, Hull and Ireton. In 1957 they purchased two acres of land from Cornie's parents which were located three miles west of Sioux Center. There they built a home and a two thousand laying cage house where they raised their own laying hens. Cornie also sold Dekalb seed corn and Kent Feed for fourteen years.

In 1973 they moved to Sioux Center and bought Sam's Variety, where both are now employed.

Cornie has served on many school boards including the Sioux Center Christian School, Western Christian High School and Dordt College. He is currently serving on the Dordt College Financial Planning Council. He also served on the consistories of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church and the Faith Christian Reformed Church, where he is currently an elder. He also served on the Memorabilia Committee for the Centennial.

by Diane (Broek) Van De Berg

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


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