Sioux County, Iowa



Art was born in Sioux Center on Sept. 28, 1894 to Evert and Louise Franken. He attended country school and helped his dad on the farm. The farm that Art lived and grew up on is still in the Franken family. The Willard Frankens make their home there.

Hermina (Rozeboom), the daughter of Johannes and Ella Rozeboom was born Dec. 14, 1896. She also attended country school and lived on the farm. Her home is also still in the Rozeboom family. The Stan Rozebooms make their home there.

Art and Hermina met and were married on March 9,1916. They spent their first two years of marriage on the present Ken Den Herder farm. Then built their own home and farm where Roger and Harvella Bahrenfuss now live. They moved to town in 1946 to a house located across from the Community Center. Art worked for Siouxland Implement until he retired. Art died on June 29, 1969 and Hermina died Aug. 30, 1979.

Art and Hermina had seven children: Evert, born Feb. 21, 1919 (died Feb. 24, 1920); twins, Everett and Alice, were born Feb. 5, 1921; Louise, born May 19, 1925; Johanna, born Dec. 13, 1927 (died Jan. 6, 1929); John, born April 5, 1930; Arlene, born Nov. 27, 1932. Both Evert and Johanna died of pneumonia. All five of the Franken children attended Welcome Township #8.

Front Row, L-R: Art E. Franken, Hermina Franken. Back Row, L-R: Everett, Louise (Mrs. Gerrit
Hulstein), Arlene (Mrs. Joel Bensema), Alice (Mrs. Henry Van Roekel), John

Alice was the first to marry. She married Henry Van Roekel on Dec. 5, 1945 in her parents home. They made their home on Henry's family farm until 1969. They then moved to town and Henry worked for Sioux Preme Pack for 22 years and Alice for the Holland House. They are now retired. Henry keeps busy driving truck and doing other odd jobs for Ken Hulstein and Sioux Automation. Alice is a customer greeter for Wal Mart. They have five children.

Everett married Gertrude Vis on Dec. 6, 1946. At this time Art and Hermina moved to town and Everett took over the family farm. They lived on the farm until 1980, they then moved to town and Everett works at Jesco. They had two children.

Louise married Gerrit Robert Hulstein on Feb. 18, 1947. They have five children.

John married Darlene Sandbulte on Feb. 10, 1950 in Sioux Center. After their marriage John was S.C. power plant operator, owned a T.V. and appliance shop. Then was self-employed as an electrician. Now is the president of Interstates Electric and Engineering Co., Inc. and Jesco, Inc. and Quality Leasing Co. John and Darlene have five children.

Arlene graduated from Sioux Center Schools, then attended Northwestern Jr. College. She started teaching and taught in Winnebago, Rock Rapids, Storm Lake, and then Bellflower, Cal. where she met Joel Bensema. They were married Feb. 12, 1961, in Bellflower. Joel is a minister and they have lived various places. They were in churches in California, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, and presently in Freeport, Illinois. They have four children.

Each New Year's Day the Frankens would get together to watch the parades on T.V. and always having the same meal: poor man's lobster with melted butter, mashed potatoes, and peas.

By Claryce Schuiteman

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


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