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  1. Vander Maten Family

    I started looking into the family of my GGGrandmother Aaltje Hoeve who was married to Jan Vander Maten… those being their Dutch names. Jan went by “John” in America, and Aaltje, well she has been found in different records as “Allie”, “Ellie”, “Nellie”, and “Ella”.

    Obituary for Mrs. John Vander Maaten
    Mrs. John Vander Maaten died at her home in Orange City Sunday at 3 o’clock in the morning after having suffered a stroke on Friday afternoon. Mrs. Vander Maaten had reached the advanced age of 85 years.
    She was born in Gelderland, the Netherlands on Nov. 15, 1869 and at the age of 12 she came to America with her parents. She was married to Mr. Vander Maaten in 1891. He preceded her in death 15 years ago. The couple moved to a farm near Middleburg where they lived until 1930 when they moved to Orange City. Nine children were born, seven of whom survive their mother.
    They are Herman of Middleburg, Andrew of Newkirk, Lucy (Mrs. Henry Van’t Hof) of Orange City, John of Edgerton, Minn., Gertie (Mrs. Arie Van Kley) of Ashton, Alice (Mrs. Marion Van Peursem) of Maurice and Jake of Fort Dodge. An infant daughter died many years ago and a son William, 24, passed on in 1930. Surviving besides the children are 30 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
    Mrs. Vander Maaten was the youngest and the last living members of the pioneer Dries Hoeve family. Her sisters preceding her in death were Mrs. Herman Harmelink of Orange City, who passed away in 1926; Mrs. John Van Beek-Grotenhuis of Orange City in 1946; Mrs. Teunis Ver Hoeven of Orange City, in 1952, and Mrs. Neal Van Beek of Sioux Center in 1911.
    Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the First Ref. Church of Orange City, with Rev. H. Colenbrander officiating. Interment was made in the Orange City cemetery. The Van Etten Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.
    Alton Democrat
    29 Apr 1954

    I don’t know what that phrase “pioneer Dries Hoeve family” means, but doing the math, they came to America around 1882. Sioux County was established in 1860 according to siouxcounty.org. Still, I like to think they were like something out of Little House on the Prairie.

    I was curious about the son who preceded her in death, William. I never anticipated what I found…

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, at high noon, Mr. William Vander Maaten and Miss Marie Ter Horst were united in marriage by Rev. H. Colenbrander at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ter Horst. The wedding march was played by Miss Cornelia Stander. A large number of relatives received invitations to attend the marriage. The newly weds will occupy the farm of the groom’s parents near Middleburg.
    The Alton Democrat
    10 Jan 1930

    And then 2.5 months later…

    William Vander Maten of Orange City, aged 23, died last week as the result of injuries received when he was kicked by a horse about three weeks previous. Mr. Vander Maten was married in January to Miss Marie Ter Horst and they had just moved onto a farm belonging to his father when the young man was injured.
    The Hawarden Independent
    27 Mar 1930

    And then 58 years later…

    Obituary of Marie Vander Maten
    Marie Vander Maten, 90, of Orange City died Monday, Nov. 23,1998 at the Long Term Care Facility of the Orange City Hospital.
    A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Steven Vander Molen officiated. Burial followed at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City under the direction of the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
    Marie was born April 5, 1908 at Orange City, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Reekers) Ter Horst. She was raised at Orange City. On Jan. 8, 1930 she married William Vander Maten at Orange City. They farmed near Boyden. Mr. Vander Maten died March 16, 1930 at Boyden. Marie then returned to the Ter Horst family farm south of Orange City where she helped care for her parents and brothers and sister. In 1944 they moved into Orange City. After her parents’ deaths she continued to make her home with her sister. In 1991 she became a resident of the Long Term Care Facility.
    Survivors include two nephews and three nieces.
    In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Wilmina Ter Horst; three brothers, William, John and Gerrit Ter Horst; and a nephew, Daryl Ter Horst.
    Sioux County Capital
    26 Nov 1998

    Seems like such a tragic love story. Married for two months, moved back with her family and never married again.

    Another interesting tidbit… and try follow along here…

    The William Vander Maten mentioned above was brothers with Andrew Vander Maten.
    Andrew was married to Gertrude Vermeer.
    Gertrude’s father Evert Vermeer‘s 2nd wife was Gertrude Ter Horst.
    That Gertrude’s brother was Arend John Ter Horst.
    And Arend’s daughter was Marie Ter Horst who married William.

    Not related in any way, but I was excited to see some extended branches weaving together.

    Posted in Researching.