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  1. The Te Slaa Family

    I’ve spent the past couple of weeks focusing my research on the family of Johanna Te Slaa. She was Grandma’s grandmother, mother of Gertrude, and the first wife of Evert Vermeer.

    From US & Iowa censuses, I was able to determine her family members and their approximate birth dates. Using the resources at the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project, I was able to find most of their final resting places, which gave me their dates of death. And using this info, I was able to look back and find most of their obituaries in newspaper archives for those who passed away before 1971.

    Johanna was the daughter of Gerrit Jan Te Slaa (variations in first name found: Garret, Garrit John, G J) and Janna Geertruid Kruisselbrink (name variations: Gertrude, Johanna, Johanna G, Kruisenbrink, Kruiselbrink).

    Obituary for Gerrit John Te Slaa
    Garrit John Te Slaa died at his home in Hull after a short illness, diagnosed as pneumonia. Mr. Te Slaa was seventy four years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and eight children.
    Thirty eight years ago the Te Slaa family moved to America from Gelderland in the Netherlands. They lived around Sioux Center for some time and ten years ago the family moved to Hull. Six years ago Mr. and Mrs. Te Slaa celebrated their golden anniversary, and this was the last time all the children were at home at one time.
    Sioux Center News
    16 Apr 1931

    Obituary of Mrs. G. J. Te Slaa
    Miss Gertrude Kruiselbrink was born in The Netherlands, Oct. 16, 1854. She was united in marriage to G. J. Te Slaa in the year 1875. To this union 11 children were born, 1 dying in infancy in Holland.
    In the year 1893 they with their 8 children came to America. Two children were born here. Three children preceded their mother in death. Hattie, Mrs. Harry Miersma died January 4, 1936; Johanna Mrs. Everett Vermeer, died 30 years ago and a son, Gerrit John died at the age of 20, some 30 years ago. The father passed away April 11, 1931.
    The Te Slaa family spent most of their lives in America around Hull. Mrs. Te Slaa has been an innvalid for many years and has been confined to her bed most of the time.
    On Saturday morning, July 20 she suddenly passed away at her residence in Hull. She leaves to mourn her passing, seven children, Henry, John, Mrs. Jake W. Vermeer, Mrs. Lambert Kooiker, Mrs. Dora Vander Schaaf, Mrs. John Hospers and William, 41 grandchildren, 74 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
    The funeral was held at the home at 1:30 o’clock and 2 o’clock in the First Reformed church Monday afternoon July 22 with Rev. G. H. Dostra officating with the interment in the Hope cemetery. Six grandsons acted as pallbearers, Ralph Kooiker, Wilmer Miersma, Gerrit John Vermeer, Gerrit J. Te Slaa, Gerrit H. Te Slaa, Ed E. Vermeer.
    Sioux County Capital
    25 Jul 1940

    They had 11 children:
    1. Johanna: 1876-1905
    2. Henry (Hendrik): 1877-1943
    3. John G: 1879-1949
    4. Cynthia (Gezina): 1880-1956
    5. Hendrika: 1884-1884
    6. Hattie: 1885-1936
    7. Dora (twin): 1888-1979
    8. Gertrude (Daatje, Dottie) (twin): 1888-1966
    9. Gerrit John: 1890-abt 1910
    10. Dena Wilhelmina: 1895-1973
    11. William (Willem): 1898-1973

    Over and over, I saw that their family had immigrated in 1893. However I couldn’t find them on any search at EllisIsland.org. It was only after individually searching through the manifests of Dutch ships that arrived in 1893 that I found them. The name had been mis-transcribed as “Te Glaa”.

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  2. Te Slaa Children: 6-11

    Children of Gerrit Jan Te Slaa & Janna Geertruid Kruisselbrink: 6-11

    6. Hatty Te Slaa (grave), wife of Harry W. Miersma (grave)

    Mrs. Harry Miersma Died Saturday Following Illness
    On Saturday afternoon, January 4, it behooved the Lord to take unto himself Mrs. Harry W. Miersma (nee Hattie Te Slaa), who succumbed quietly after an illness of four months of typhoid fever.
    It is indeed a severe shock to her family, relatives and friends, as she was a kind and loving mother, and ready at all times to render aid where ever she could.
    The deceased was born [August 9, 1883] in the Netherlands, where she lived until 1892, when she immigrated with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Te Slaa to this country, settling in Sioux Center.
    First the family lived around Sioux Center and later moved to a farm three and one half miles south of Hull.
    On February 25, 1908, she was united in marriage to Harry W. Miersma, [son of] Mr. and Mrs. Wiebe Miersma, [of] Hull. They settled on a farm four miles southwest of Hull where they have lived ever since.
    To this union six children were born, namely: Wilmer, Gerrit, Mrs. Margaret Pollema, Joe, Henry and [undecipherable].
    Besides her husband and children she is survived by three grandchildren, her aged mother, three brothers, Henry, John and Will and four sisters Mrs. J. W. Ver Meer, Mrs. Lambert Kooiker, Mrs. Dora Vander Schaaf and Mrs. John Hospers.
    The funeral was held Tuesday January [?], 1936 from the home and from the First Reformed Church. Rev [??] Douwstra officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Hope Cemetery, Hull, Iowa.
    The Index joins in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
    Sioux County Index
    10 Jan 1936

    Obituary of Harry W. Miersma
    Harry Miersma, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiebe Miersma, was born on a farm near Newkirk, Iowa, on March 23, 1884. When a boy of about two years of age his parents moved to a farm three miles south of Hull where he spent his boyhood and where he himself farmed for a number of years.
    On February 25, 1908, he was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Te Slaa to which union six children were born: Wilmer, Gerrit, Margaret (Mrs. Si Pollema) and Joe, all of Hull, Iowa; Henry of Artesia, California, and Ed of Lakewood, California.
    When he was 18 years of age he made confession of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in the First Reformed Chruch of Hull, Iowa. Mr. Miersma was a child of two years when the First Reformed Church was organized in 1885. He remained with the Church all his life and was the only person living who was with the Church at its organization. He served as a deacon in the First Reformed Church for five years and was a regular and faithful attendant to the word and work of the Lord.
    In April 1950 he moved to Hull, Iowa, where he had since resided.
    He leaves to mourn his death his six children, one sister, Sarah (Mrs. John Vande Stouwe) who resides in the Holland Home in Sheldon. Besides these he leaves to mourn his death 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and a number of relatives and a host of friends.
    He was preceded in death by his wife on January 4, 1936; by his parents, by one sister, Mrs. Martin Prins, and one grandchild.
    Mr. Miersma passed away Saturday, December 12, 1959. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 16, from the LIttle Chapel in Sioux Center and the First Reformed Church in Hull. Rev. N. Rozeboom officiated. Interment was in Hope Cemetery at Hull.
    Pall-bearers were the five sons and one son-in-law.
    Boyden Reporter
    24 Dec 1959

    7. Dora Te Slaa, wife of James Vander Schaaf (graves)

    Mr. James VanderSchaaf was born thirty-seven years and eleven months ago on the old homestead, one mile west of Hull and had lived all his life in Sioux County.
    He was married, February 15, 1911 and to this union four children were born, one, Gerrit John, dying at five months of age. The others, Douwie, Gerald and Clarine, with their mother are left to mourn the loss of a loving and faithful husband and father.
    For thirteen years he has lived on the same place, just north of Hull, [undecipherable] friends and neighbors. He is survived by three sisters, four brother, three step sisters and one step brother. His mother died seventeen years ago and his step mother, one year ago. Mr. VanderSchaaf passed from this earth on Monday, January 31st, and was buried, Saturday February 5th.
    James was an honest, upright, Christian man and numbered his friends by all who knew him, and his death is surely a sad affair.
    Sioux County Index
    11 Feb 1927

    8. Gertrude Te Slaa, wife of Lambert Kooiker (graves)

    Funeral Services for Mrs. Lambert Kooiker were held at the First Reformed church of Hull on Thursday, January 13, 1966 beginning at 1:30 o’clock.
    Prayer services for members of the family were held in the church parlors at 1:00 o’clock. The Rev. Harold C. Ringenoldus officiated.
    Interment was at Hope Cemetery in Hull, Ia. Mrs. Kooiker (Dot) Te Slaa, born to Gerrit Jan Te Slaa and Gertrude Kruiselbrink on November 3, 1888, at Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands, came with her parents to the United States at the age of four and settled in Sioux County.
    She married Lambert Kooiker on May 5, 1911 at Hull, Ia. To this marriage were born four sons and one daughter: Ralph of Hull, Gerrit of Rock Rapids, Albert of Maison, S.D., Donald of Rock Rapids, and Viola (Mrs. Peter Van Driel) of Rock Valley, Iowa.
    She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Lambert, four sons, one daughter; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; her twin sister, Dora Vander Schaaf; her sister, Dena Hospers; and brother, William Te Slaa, and a host of relatives and friends.
    Sioux County Capital
    20 Jan 1966

    9. Gerrit John Te Slaa: no real information on this one, except that he was with the family on censuses and is mentioned in his mother’s obituary as dying at the age of 20.

    10. Dena Te Slaa (grave), wife of John D. Hospers (grave)

    John D. Hospers, 46, was born at Orange City where he grew to young manhood. He then worked in the Hull vicinity where he met and later married Miss Dena Te Slaa on Feb. 24, 1916. To this union three sons were born, John W., Gerrit and Alvin. Although a young man at the time of his death, he had suffered many illnesses during his lifetime being critically ill during the flu epidemic in war time. The family lived on a farm north of Hull three years then moved to a farm near Sheldon for 1 year then moved to a farm south of Hull where he resided at the time of his death. He became ill in 1935 and underwent operations in the Hull hospital and major operations in Iowa City which seemingly improved his condition for a time. He had been bedfast for the past two years, utterly helpless. Although his sickness was serious at all times, his death was unexpected when early Saturday morning Nov. 4 he suffered a series of convulsions from which he never rallied and passed away at 9:60 P.m. that evening.
    Survivors include the widow, three sons, and 3 sisters, Miss Dora Hospers of Orange City; Mrs. John Van Klompenburg of Le Mars; and Mrs. Harry Mulder, Alton.
    The funeral service was conducted in the First Reformed church Tuesday afternoon with Rev. G. H. Douwstra officiating. Burial was at Hull.
    Sioux County Capital
    09 Nov 1939

    11. William Te Slaa, husband of Irene Van Marel (graves)

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  3. Evert D Vermeer family

    Some articles from the Sioux County Index (Hull, Iowa) regarding the Evert D. Vermeer family.


    Sioux County Index
    08 Dec 1933


    Sioux County Index
    16 Mar 1934


    Sioux County Index
    04 May 1934


    Sioux County Index
    13 Jul 1934


    Sioux County Index
    27 Feb 1920

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