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Posted in Adrian Zuidweg, Cora DeKorn Zuidweg, DeKorns, Family History, Genealogy, Jennie DeKorn, Kalamazoo genealogy, Kalamazoo late 1800s - early 1900s, Photography late 19th century, Richard DeKorn, tagged Adrian Zuidweg, Bosman, DeKorn family, early 1900s, family history, genealogy, history of Kalamazoo, John Bosman, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo history, Kalamazoo Michigan, Michigan history, Remijnse, Remine, Remynse on March 4, 2014 | 16 Comments »
Posted in Adrian Zuidweg, Cora DeKorn Zuidweg, DeKorns, Family History, Genealogy, Jennie DeKorn, Kalamazoo genealogy, Kalamazoo late 1800s - early 1900s, Photography late 19th century, Richard DeKorn, tagged Adrian Zuidweg, Bosman, DeKorn family, early 1900s, family history, genealogy, history of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo history, Kalamazoo Michigan, Michigan history, Remijnse, Remine, Remynse on February 25, 2014 | 14 Comments »
I only knew that the Bosmans existed because Grandpa told me that this photo was John Bosman.
This is what I wrote on the back of this photo, at Grandpa’s instruction:
2nd Reformed Church
on Park Street
Aunt Jen went there
Hmm. I have no idea what that means. I spelled the name “Bosman” incorrectly because Grandpa pronounced it “Bussman,” and I either didn’t ask how to spell it or he didn’t know.
Aunt Jen is Jennie DeKorn Leeuwenhoek, Richard DeKorn’s daughter, the sister of my great-grandmother.
The matriarch of the Bosman family was Adriana (also called Johanna and Jennie–very confusing) Remijnse or Remynse. She was my first cousin 4x removed. She married Dirk Pieter Bosman, and John was one of their children. Grandpa told me that John was the oldest child, but according to the following information, there was another son, Garrett, who died between the ages of 7 and 12.
Dirk and Johanna/Adriana gave birth to eight children. At least four of them died as children.
In this photo, John looks like a boy who likes hunting. He was born 14 March 1876 in Kalamazoo. He grew up to marry Nellie Robb on 14 May 1903 in Windsor, Canada. On 30 April 1943, he passed away in Detroit. Please note that Windsor and Detroit are right next to each other, although they are in different countries.
Back to what I wrote on the back of the photo. Grandpa said Aunt Jen went to Second Reformed Church on Park Street, not that his mother did. The story he told me was that his mother donated a quilt to the church (Second Reformed or a different Reformed Church?) and saw a woman hanging it on her own clothesline, signifying that the woman had appropriated the quilt. Great-Grandmother Cora quit going to her church after that incident.
I’ve looked online for a photograph of Second Reformed Church on Park Street, but cannot find anything. It is probably gone, but I hope to find a photo eventually.
Posted in Family History, Genealogy, Kalamazoo genealogy, Kalamazoo late 1800s - early 1900s, Michigan, tagged A.M. Todd Company, family history, genealogy, history of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Michigan, Michigan history, Paul H. Todd on February 18, 2014 | 15 Comments »
My last post was about the Todds–a family that, unfortunately, I am not related to ;). One last thing about them. My mother-in-law, an artist, painted the Todd House for a man named Paul H. Todd in 1970.
So I did a little research. Paul H. Todd was one of the sons of Albert May Todd, the founder of the A.M. Todd Company. He, and his brother Albert J., both served as mayors and city commissioners of Kalamazoo. Paul’s son, Paul H. Todd, Jr., later filled his seat in Congress from 1965 to 1967.
Which Paul Todd did my MIL paint for?
In the 1960 city directory, Paul Jr. lived at 3713 West Main Street. His business was the Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Company (now called Kalsec). Paul Sr.’s business was Farmer’s Chemical Company. He lived at 3715 West Main Street. Next door neighbors! Paul Sr. was born around 1884, so he would have been around 76 years old in 1960.
Ten years later, Paul Sr. would have been 86. So I asked my husband. He says the Paul Todd who commissioned the painting was middle-aged, so it must have been Paul Jr. Searching a little farther, it appears that Paul Sr. died in 1969.
On the bottom right corner of this print (because I only have a print, of course), my MIL wrote that this building was Paul Todd’s house (but is that possible?), and that it was located on the corner of Kalamazoo and Rose Streets. I found the intersection of W. Kalamazoo and N. Rose on Google Maps. The building is no longer there.
It seems likely that, in 1970, the business was operated in this inner city area, but that the family didn’t live there. Nevertheless, in a family discussion, others thought that Mr. Todd lived in the same building that the company was operated from.
Back to my MIL’s paintings: she painted many locations in the Kalamazoo area.
Here is another one she painted in the very early 70s. It’s known as the Gourdneck Prairie-Webber Schoolhouse, Schoolcraft Township. It still stands today. Here is a link to check it out.
Posted in de Korne, DeKorns, Family History, Genealogy, Jennie DeKorn, Kalamazoo genealogy, Kalamazoo late 1800s - early 1900s, Lambertus Leeuwenhoek, Michigan, tagged A.M. Todd Company, Albert John Todd, DeKorn, DeKorn family, DeKorn genealogy, family history, genealogy, history of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Michigan, Michigan history on February 11, 2014 | 10 Comments »
I posted a copy of a graduation announcement last week. I didn’t know who it belonged to, but it turns out it belonged to Uncle Joe DeKorn. A reader posted a link to the answer. It turns out that Uncle Joe graduated from Kalamazoo High School in a class of 26. One of his classmates was an Upjohn son, William Harold Upjohn, and one was a Todd daughter, Ethel May Todd.
When Uncle Lou (Lambertus) Leeuwenhoek passed away on April 20, 1949, another Todd–Mary Todd–sent flowers and a sympathy notecard. You can read about Uncle Lou and his wife, my Aunt Jen, if you click on the following links: a post about Uncle Lou’s hero brother who died at war, a post about Uncle Lou’s Bible collection, and one which focuses on my Aunt Jen, Uncle Lou’s wife. When I was growing up, she was the oldest person I knew. A post I still need to write is about the store Uncle Lou and Aunt Jen owned.
I don’t know how Aunt Jen knew Mary Todd, but maybe it was at church or maybe it was through the store.
Mary Todd was Ethel’s sister-in-law, the wife of Albert John Todd, the President of the A.M. Todd Company. Mary’s husband was a son of the company founder. In 1950, Albert and Mary lived at 2344 Midvale Terrace in Kalamazoo. The house was in the middle of a section known as Westnedge Hill, where the houses are all large and custom and the lots large for city lots.
The 1920 census indicates that Albert and Mary lived with their four children and two servants, an “Englishman” and a local girl. According to the 1930 census, they had one servant, a different girl from ten years earlier. It’s hard to tell about the 1940 census because Albert and Mary are at the bottom of the page, and I am not sure how to find the next page. Any ideas?
When people think of the A.M. Todd Company, they think of mint. According to the company website, the history is summed up this way:
Quality. Purity. Integrity. An unwavering belief in these principles inspired Albert May Todd, then a teenager, to found A. M. Todd Company in 1869. It was an era when mint essential oil from Michigan had a poor reputation thanks to widespread adulteration by unscrupulous vendors. Albert May’s initiatives brought credibility to Michigan essential oils and early success to the A. M. Todd Company, now the world’s oldest and largest supplier of American peppermint and spearmint oil.
Maybe Uncle Lou and Aunt Jen were customers, through their store, of the A.M. Todd Company. This company was sold a little over two years ago. You can find an article here which describes the company, the sale, and the influence of the company on the Kalamazoo area.
This is a passage from a book entitled Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid by Tim Ecott:
Notice that the notecard also has the name Frances Haskell. Maybe that indicates that the flowers were, in fact, from women who knew Aunt Jen through a women’s group? Frances Haskell seems to be a middle-aged single daughter of Gertrude Haskell. The Haskells lived in the beautiful area near Kalamazoo College and the Henderson Castle.
Once again, this item and the information I’ve found leads to more questions than I had originally!
Posted in Adrian Zuidweg, DeKorns, Family History, Genealogy, Kalamazoo genealogy, Kalamazoo late 1800s - early 1900s, Lambertus Leeuwenhoek, Photography early 20th century, Zuidweg family, tagged Adrian Zuidweg, DeKorn family, history of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo history, Kalamazoo Michigan, Michigan history, Upjohn, Upjohn Company, William E. Upjohn, Zuidweg family on January 28, 2014 | 12 Comments »
I started to prepare a post about the Bosman branch of the Remine (Remijnse) family, but then one character in the drama led to another, and I realized I need to do more work on it before I can post.
So instead I offer you a photo from a collection I have not yet shared. It’s from a photo album owned by Alice Leeuwenhoek Moerdyk. She has a lot of photos of the good time the family used to have at Brook Lodge, outside of Kalamazoo.
In this photo, taken at Brook Lodge, the boy is most likely my grandfather. The date is 1915, and my grandfather was born in 1908. This photo was taken in the summer, and Grandpa’s birthday was October 31. The boy looks to be about six, and the facial resemblance is there.
Brook Lodge was a 40 acre farm that was purchased in 1895 by Dr. W.E. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company. He converted the old creamery to a summer cottage for his family. Grandpa told me that the family was invited often to relax at Brook Lodge. This photo was taken two years after Dr. Upjohn married the widow of James F. Gilmore, a founder of the Gilmore Brothers Department Store. People from the area will recognize both the names Upjohn and Gilmore.
Update: My uncle believes that the woman in the photo is Alice who would have been about 18 at the time of this photo.
Posted in Family History, Genealogy, Kalamazoo genealogy, Lucille Edna Mulder Zuidweg, Michigan, Mulder family, Mulders, Zeeland genealogy, Zeeland, the Netherlands, tagged Dutch Genealogy, family history, genealogy, Goes, history of Kalamazoo, history of The Netherlands, Holland, Kalamazoo history, Michigan history, Mulder family, Yvette Hoitink, Zeeland on January 14, 2014 | 15 Comments »
When I posted my genealogy to-do list, I asked if you could guess what occupation I found a few of my Mulder relatives engaged in during the 19th century in Holland. I said it was one I have had–and so have my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Emily Ann at Child Out of Time wondered if it was teaching, which was a very good guess, based on our family history, but isn’t correct.
What I am talking about is retail. My family was engaged in retail business for a long time. My husband and I owned stores, and so did my parents. My grandfather owned a gas station. His father owned a fish market and a soda shop.
My 3rd great-grandfather, Karel Mulder, was born 21 February 1837 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands. He married Johanna Maria Boes on November 1861, also at Goes. On 27 August 1868, he married Klazina Otte at Goes. He died on 22 April 1881 in Goes.
His parents were Karel Mulder and Rose Melanie Bataille (remember the Bataille family?). These are the children of Karel and Rose Melanie–namely, Karel and his siblings:
- Karel Mulder, born 21 February 1837, Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands (Witnesses: Carel Mulder and Adriaan Zuijdweg). On 7 November 1861 he was an apothecary’s assistant in Goes. On 27 August 1868 he was an apothecary’s assistant in Goes. On 22 April 1881 he was a shopkeeper in Goes.Karel died on 22 April 1881.
- Pieter Philip Mulder was born on 29 August 1838 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.
- Kornelis Mulder was born on 4 September 1840 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.25 He died on 3 June 1887 at the age of 46 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.26 On 3 June 1887 he was a shoemaker in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.
- Melanie Mulder was born on 21 January 1842 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.27 She died on 23 June 1884 at the age of 42 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.
- Johannes Mulder was born on 12 November 1843 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.29 He died on 7 January 1849 at the age of 5 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands. [died at age 5]
- Andries Mulder was born on 23 January 1846 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands. [shop's financial partner]
- Jan Mulder was born on 9 December 1848 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.32 On 22 April 1881 he was a shopkeeper in paint and colonial goods in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.5
- Johannes Mulder was born on 10 February 1851 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.33 He died on 26 June 1876 at the age of 25 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.34 On 26 June 1876 he was a shoemaker in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.
- Jacobus Mulder was born on 13 May 1856 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.35 He died on 17 June 1874 at the age of 18 in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.36 On 17 June 1874 he was a shopkeeper’s assistant in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands.
My 3rd great-grandfather owned a “paint and colonial goods” store.
According to genealogist Yvette Hoitink:
Karel Mulder had a company in paint and colonial goods together with his brother Jan, called the “Gebroeders Mulder [Mulder brothers]”. This company owned a house at the Korte Kerkstraat (property tax registration section D nr. 377). The most important financer of this company was Andries Mulder in Goes, for a total of fl. 4000 (1/3 of the value of the company). This Andries is probably their brother Andries Mulder, son of Karel Mulder and Rose Melanie Bataille.
Here is a map of where the Mulder Brothers shop was located:
That means that at least 3 of the brothers were involved in the paint and colonial goods shop: Karel, Jan, and Andries. Two other brothers are shoemakers, one died at age five, and the professions of Pieter Philip (we don’t have a death date, so I’m not sure if he lived to maturity) and Melanie, the only girl.
Here are some photos taken by Yvette Hoitink of the building at the location of the Mulder Brothers shop. We don’t know if this is the original building or not. The houses adjacent to the building are original.
What do you imagine a “paint and colonial goods” shop would have sold?
Finally, do you remember (from this blog post) what happened to Karel’s son, my great-great-grandfather Pieter? He ended up in an orphanage!
Posted in Family History, Genealogy, Kalamazoo genealogy, Kalamazoo late 1800s - early 1900s, Michigan, Photography late 19th century, tagged Dutch history, family history, genealogy, Kalamazoo history, Michigan history, Netherlands, Nijmegen, Waal River on December 10, 2013 | 25 Comments »
I have a lot of genealogy projects I need to work on and posts I want to write, but it’s a busy time of the year, and so I am going to use today’s post to make my list and to show you what will be coming up here as well (bolded will be blog posts):
- I have more results from Yvette Hoitink to share. One is about the Mulder family and how they made their living in Goes, the Netherlands. This also relates to me and an occupation I have had in my life. So have my parents and my grandparents and great-grandparents. Any guesses?
- Work on the occupations of my family in the Netherlands.
- Check into the location of Etaples.
- Work on my tree branch that connects to the Van Gessel family.
- Write a post about my (Klein) connections with the Van Gessel family.
- Update my tree with all the new information I have gotten from many sources.
- Go through new information from Grady.
- Write a post on the Flipse update and the DeSmits (one or two posts)
- I plan to reorganize the pages of this blog (not the posts, but the pages, which are tabbed at the top of the page). I want to organize pages by family branch: DeKorns, Zuidwegs, Mulders, etc.
- Brook Lodge
- Harold Remine
- Alice Leeuwenhoek Moerdyk
- Organize newspaper clippings and photos and eventually prepare posts
After I do all the above, there will be plenty more to do, including finding out more about some of these photos I have. Here is one of a boy in “Nymegen,” according to the name on the photo. W. Ivens is the photographer. But so many mysteries. Who is W. Ivens? When was the photograph taken? Is Nymegen the same city as Nijmegen? If so, it’s a city on the opposite (eastern) side of the Netherlands than my relatives came from. Nijmegen is almost to the German border. It’s on the Waal River, which is the main distributary branch of the Rhine River and flows through the Netherlands. Who is the boy? Why is he so far from Goes?
Posted in DeKorns, Family History, Genealogy, Joseph Peter DeKorn, Kalamazoo genealogy, Michigan, Photography early 20th century, tagged American Society of Civil Engineers, Ann Arbor Michigan, Charles Ezra Greene, civil engineering, DeKorn, DeKorn family, DeKorn genealogy, Dutch Genealogy, family history, genealogy, historical bridge, Huron River, Michigan history, University of Michigan on December 5, 2013 | 21 Comments »
Since I haven’t had time to work on any of my larger genealogical projects, I thought I’d share a smaller one today. This photo is from the Joseph DeKorn collection. He was my great-grandmother’s brother, and he took a great number of our family photos during the very early 1900s.
Because someone took the time to write on the back, I felt that this photo was important to someone in the family. In fact, I believe the handwriting belongs to Uncle Joe.
Here is what is written on the back:
This is the bridge across the Huron R. It was designed by the late Prof. Greene. The place where the posts are close together is where the [?] fell through. The track in the foreground is the Michigan Central. The Ann Arbor crosses the bridge.
Where the WHAT fell through?
Does that say “where the car fell through”? Did someone’s car fall between the posts into the river?
I looked on the internet and all I found was that in the Detroit River, during Prohibition, this happened, according to Wikipedia:
There was no limit on the methods used by rum-runners to import alcohol across the river. Government officials were unable or unwilling to deter the flow of alcohol coming across the Detroit River. In some cases, overloaded cars fell through the ice, and today, car parts from this illegal era can still be seen on the bottom of the river.
But that’s not the Huron River. And what time period are we talking about for this photo?
On the back, it says “the late Prof. Greene.” Here is biographical and obituary information about Professor Charles Ezra Greene. He died in 1903. So the photo was taken at some point after that. A steel bridge eventually replaced this bridge, and it might have happened in 1924.
In this bio, we learn this about Professor Greene’s credentials:
[Professor Greene] entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here he was graduated Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1868. From this time until 1870 he was Assistant Engineer on location and construction of the and Railroad in Maine. The next year he was United States Assistant Engineer on River and Harbor Improvements in Maine and New Hampshire, and was then appointed City Engineer of, where he also carried on a general practice until the summer of 1872. In that year he was appointed Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan, a position which he held to the time of his death, October 16, 1903. When the Department of Engineering was established as a separate organization in 1895, he was made its first dean. In 1884 he received the honorary degree of Civil Engineer from the University of Michigan. In addition to his duties as professor he carried on an extensive consulting practice. He was Chief Engineer of the Toledo, Ann Arbor, and Northern Railroad from 1879 to 1881; Superintending and Consulting Engineer of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad bridge at Toledo in 1881-1882; designer and Superintendent of the construction of the Ann Arbor water-works in 1885; and designer of the Ann Arbor sewerage system in 1890. He paid special attention to the invention and development of graphical methods of analysis of frames, bridges, and arches. He published several works which were well received by the profession and which have been used in designing important structures: “Graphical Analysis of Bridge Trusses” (1874); “Trusses and Arches, Part I, Roof Trusses (1876), Part , Bridge Trusses (1878), Part , Arches (1879) “; “Structural Mechanics” (1897). He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; also of the Michigan Engineering Society, of which he was president for three terms. In 1872 he was married to Florence Emerson, of , Maine, who with their two children survives him, – Albert Emerson (Ph.B. 1895, B.S. [ ] 1896) and Florence (A.B. 1903).
Joseph DeKorn attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. I’ll make a guess he took the photo when he was a student at Michigan. This helps narrow down the date of the photo because Uncle Joe was born in 1881, so he would have been studying at the university in the first few years of the 20th century.
What is perhaps very telling is that Uncle Joe studied Civil Engineering, so perhaps he was a student of Professor Greene before the man died. It does sound as thought Professor Greene taught up to the last. It also sounds as if he was an amazing teacher. At the least, Joe would have learned of Greene’s influence in the classroom.
Joseph DeKorn stayed true to his studies and went on to become Chief or Supervisor of City Light and Water for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Additional information provided by my uncle in a comment to this post: Charles E. Greene was indeed Joe DeKorn’s prof. He learned both what to do and what not to do from him! Joe DeKorn was in charge of building the Grand Rapids water system which to this day draws it’s primary water from Lake Michigan. As Uncle Don says, it was a big project!
What do you think that he writes on the back of the photo? Does it say car or cars? Or something else?
FABULOUS CLUE BY MY FRIEND WANDA WHO POINTED OUT THAT THE CAR OR CARS IN QUESTION WOULD BE TRAIN CARS LED TO THE SOLUTION TO THE MYSTERY
There is a long article in the Ann Arbor Argus-Democrat on the same day. It indicates a dispute over the cause of the accident and says that actually 13 cars were destroyed. But the bottom line is that it was NOT a defect in the bridge that caused the accident, but a broken flange on a coal car.
Posted in Caledonia, MI, Family History, Genealogy, Lucille Edna Mulder Zuidweg, Mulder family, Mulders, Noffke family, Waldeck family, tagged Caledonia, DNA, family history, genealogy, German-American, Michigan, Michigan history, Noffke, Prussian-American, Waldeck on December 2, 2013 | 4 Comments »
First things first: Happy Birthday, Mom!!! xoxo
Some time ago I wrote about Mom’s grandmother, Clara Waldeck Mulder, and her family in “I Uncovered a Stunning Clue in My Search.” I explained that I had had difficulty discovering any information about Clara’s mother. Her name was Alvena, and I had a photo with her in it, but her last name seemed to lead to a dead-end–as they say in specific genealogy jargon, I’d hit a brick wall. Heh.
My mitochondrial DNA comes to me from her: Alvena to Clara to my grandmother Edna to my mother (who turns XX years old today) to me.
Alvena married Gottfried (Godfrey) Waldeck, and they had perhaps ten children. Clara was the youngest. Eventually I found that Alvena’s maiden name was Noffke, and I discovered on Ancestry that there are lots of descendents of Alvena and Godfrey throughout southern Michigan.
I have made contact with two people who share this ancestry. The female relative and I have DNA hits on both Ancestry and 23andme. She is from this Waldeck/Noffke branch. I also “met” a man with the last name Noffke and we are actually related in the same way, except that his dad was adopted so when he takes the DNA test, his results won’t help us narrow in on anything.
When I found the female relative, she gave me a copy of the minutes from years of family reunions. This report documents births, deaths, etc. I felt at that time that I was closer to finding out more about the Noffkes and to discovering where the Waldecks and the Noffkes came from.
We’ve always been told they were from Germany, although some documents I’ve read online say “Prussia.”
But what now?
The concept of “Germany” could mean different things to different people in the 19th century, when the family emigrated. My 23andme report shows that I have at least one Polish gene. Could it be from that branch of the family?
How can I locate the area of Europe, even the town or village, that my ancestors came from?
I do have the names of Alvena’s parents. They are Ludwig (Louis) and Dora Couch. Couch doesn’t sound like a German name to me. It seems to be an English name. But where could that come from?
Brick walls are crazy-making.
Any ideas on where to go from here?
Posted in DeKorns, Family History, Genealogy, Kalamazoo genealogy, Kalamazoo late 1800s - early 1900s, Photography early 20th century, Photography late 19th century, Zuidweg family, tagged antique transportation, family history, genealogy, horse-drawn sled, horse-drawn wagon, Kalamazoo history, Michigan history, transportation, vintage transportation on November 26, 2013 | 9 Comments »
Here are a few of my family photos showing their methods of transportation one hundred plus years ago in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
These first two photos (above and below) seem to be the same wagon, but is it the same horse? This house is Richard DeKorn’s house, so I am going to guess it was his wagon and horse. The wagon looks fairly comfy with the upholstered seat and the umbrella.
This next one is also at Richard DeKorn’s house (on the left in the photo). It’s a horse-drawn sled, necessary for getting around in the winter!
This last one could have been taken out in public as the two men on the right side of the photo are not posing for the shot. This wagon is not plush like the other and is pulled by a team of two horses. It appears to be more of a work vehicle (like a pickup ;)), but the pole jutting up from the bed looks suspiciously like a fishing pole.