The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa on September 23, 1971 · Page 9
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Orange City, Iowa
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Township Histories (Reprinted from the 1908 Sioux County Atlas) WELCOME [instructors from the Northwest Iowa Vocational school Electro-Occupations ftartment are shown unpacking equipment donated to Northwest Iowa Vocational L] by General Electric, Burlington, Iowa. I Hundreds of smaller parts plus numerous items including relays, transformers, Vs and breakers will be helpful teaching aids for the Power Lineman, Electrical ntenance, and Industrial Electrical programs. Items received were estimated , av e a value In excess of $20,000. Bob De Haan (left) Is from Orange City. i HERITAGE HOUSE Orange City, Iowa ******* NEWS ******* Dora Heemstra's [ were, Mr, and Mrs. sLangerackofMarion, Dakota, and Mr. Peter [Wei. On Sunday she [dinner guest in the her niece, Mr. and Lowell Parks at Rem- iGrevlng of Alton Re- 1 Church had charge •service Sunday even- ps. Harvey Hofmeyer olst, Mrs. Wm. Kroon lilst, American Legion Auxiliary gave a rogram and also play- |es with the residents Jay evening. p. Mrs. JohnBrqw.ers,, I were Mrs. Gertrude [of South Dakota, Mr. >, Pete De Groot of I Mr. and Mrs. John lofNewkirk. •Wm. Jlskoot of Alton I Mrs. Gertrude Sie- I on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Klesslg from Blgelow called on their uncle, Jim Schuller on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. H. Van Zwal of Everett, Wash., visited his cousin, Miss Ann Van Zwal on Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Vander Bill of Wilmar, Minn., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kuhl of Slayton, Minn., visited Mrs. G. De Vries on Monday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bos of Albert Lee and Mrs. Joe Koldenhoven of Hollandale, Minn., visited their father, Mr. Henry Bos the past week. ' The Gay Garlands 4-H Club made and presented favors to all the residents on Saturday afternoon. They were accompanied by their sponsors, Mrs. Rod De Jong, Mrs. Louis Wielenga and Mrs. Ernest Fedders. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Popma will be spending this weekend in St. Paul visiting with their children, the Clifford Harmelink family and the Frank J. Popma family. Miss Peggy Mouw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Mouw spent the weekend in the parental home from Iowa State University in Ames. Mrs. John M. Mouw entertained at dinner at the Dutch Mill on Sunday. Her guests included Mr. and Mrs. Don Mouw and family and Mrs. Minna Dengler. Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Mulder from Luverne were guests on Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Mieras. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Van Roekel and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Van Roekel fromLynden, Washington visited in the Peter Vande Poppe, Jr. home at Alton last Friday afternoon ,and later were supper guests in the Lawrence Van Roekel home at Alton. On Saturday afternoon they visited in the Don Groen home in Maurice. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Vander Kooi from Worthington were Sunday afternoon guests in the home of Mrs. Henry Tuininga. ou are invited to see the new > 0 1972 FORDS Fit, Sept. 24 FREE Coffee & Donuts FMay, 2-Sjun. & 7-9 PM Close-wton'71'models 3\ low prices on all A-l used cars ' " ~ • ~JL ^U.M PtMt, Pass Gr Kick Last registration Fri v Sept., 24 RONS MOTOR SALES 737*4948 On Highway 10 • Spi *** W •WB^ "i» «"• ^Hff ^* *= " 737*4948 On Highway .^^••••JT Orange City The hand and brain that had been,selected to write a reminiscence of Welcome -* the one most qualified for the chrlnicllng of the events and of those whose life's work had made a garden spot of this part of Ninety-Six — passed away before he could put down on paper the deeds and accomplishments of his fellow- pioneers, the dates of their settlements, and the parts played by each individual. Certainly no more competent man could have undertaken this work than John Van de Berg, and none could have given greater satisfaction to those who desire it. However, a start had been made and material gotten for part at least of this pioneer's reminiscence of Welcome Township, and we have here the story of John Van de Berg, supplemented by that of his children and others of this township. Born of sturdy Dutch stock, he spent about all the active years of his life in this township. He was the pioneer settler in Welcome Township, and the one who displayed the most confidence in its future. In the organization of this township in 1882 those instrumental in it were John Van de Berg, John and Henry Aupperlee, the Hunts. Leek- bands, Hulsteins and others/ B. Tamlin circulating the first petition for its organization into separate township. A diligent search for the earliest settlers indicates John Van de Berg, 1879, and Hunt in 1881. John Van de Berg settled on what is now the farm of Ralph Van de Berg on the east half of Section 34. Mr. Hunt and sons, Charles Link, and Will, settled on Section 36 on the farm now owned by E. Sneller. About the first to settle on the north side of the township were B. H. Tamplin, the Aupperlee boys, John and Henry, and G. Beckman, the Leckbands, the Spencers, A. J. Bolks and others. The first school house was built on or near Section 27. It was afterwards moved a mile west. The directors were D. W. Aupperlee, J. Van de Berg and I. T. Beeman. B. H. Tamplin was the district treasurer, D. W. Aupperlee, secretary. Chas. Sawyer of Hull taught either the first or second term of school. Welcome Township was named by John Van de Berg, and is suggestive of the sentiment felt by the early settlers towards those coming to make their homes among them. Welcome was, previous to its organization, known as "Ninety-Six." A gentleman now of Sioux Center states as a child when the cows on the prairie strayed over to Ninety-Six it was with fear and trembling that he as a boy whose duty it was to fetch the cows, would go after them. The sound of Ninety-Six was, to his childish mind, an ominous dreaded name, a place where the prairie wolf, the snake and other evils, imaginary and real, existed. Draw a contrast, if you will, with its present condition, its pleasant homes, and the hospitality of its citizens. It is a fine exemplification of the name Welcome. The first home was built by John Van de Berg; another house was built In an early date on the Scrips land. This latter house was between Van \ de Berg and Bells Lake. Bells * Lake was In Capel Township and is now dry, but was a landmark in pioneer times, and as a crossing or ford of the West Branch was there, It was a place known to all the pioneers. There were two school houses built about the same time: one, the first, was on the corner right west of where Ben Van de Berg now lives, on Section 27 (as heretofore mentioned). This school house was afterwards moved west to where the school now stands. The other school house was built near the center of the township about the middle of Section 22. The first election was held In the house on the McLaln farm November 2, 1882. This house stood about one-hajf mile north of Center school house, The trustees elected were; John Van de Berg, John Aupperlee, Jas, Buckley, B. H. Tamplin was elected clerk. R, J. Ballard was the first Justice of the peace, but after the election Mlngo Camp filled that office, Ninety-Six was crossed by several old trails; one that led from Orange City to Hull in a northeasterly direction on land now owned by E, Franken, crossing the school house yard of school number six. This trail crossed the West Branch at Bells Lake; there was a bridge there, and the marks of this old trail can still be seen. This old bridge stood near where the present one now stands, After leaving the school number six, it then wound in a northerly direction across Section 14 to" Hull, There was another trail farther west that wound In a northwesterly direction toward Rock Valley. These old trails were the highway of commerce and communication In those days, and pioneers liked to get as near as possible to them, John Van de Berg moved into Welcome March 5, 1879, into a shanty on Section 34, and on March 16 Ralph Van de Berg was 'born. As far as the writer lias been able to learn, this makes him the first child born in the township. This old shanty is still standing on Ralph Van de Berg's farm. It; was built of rough boards, with the cracks stopped with strips pasted on them to keep out the cold and the rains and the snows. One night when the father came home from a trip to Rock River for fuel, he came in one of the sudden blizzards of that early date. The unhampered wind had blown so hard that the strips were blown off the cracks and the storm was penetrating the house. The mother had tried In vain to remedy the trouble, but in despair sat down and wrapped herself in a big overcoat to keep warm. These trips were necessary, however, as every pole, stick, or log of firewood had to come from there, so as to have his shed roofed, or a door post for a stable. It may be of interest to some of the citizens now to know what was done for fences. Here is how one man fenced his hog pasture. He dug a ditch deep enough to be hard for the hogs to cross, throwing the dirt on the side away from the ditch, and this ditch was dug around the place selected for his hog lot; so his hogpasture was fenced with a ditch or dyke, just as it may be called. The first barn was made by stacking hay so as to enclose a space as large as desired, and then poles were put across from one stack to the other, and ( hay on these poles over the horses made the roof. It was a very warm barn too. There were no windows and but one door. When it was shut it was dark as night inside, but it afforded fine protection from the storm. Welcome was a deeded township, so no homesteaders were there. Mr. Van de Berg had previously homesteaded the Teunis Dyk farm at Newkirk, and so he bought his Welcome Township farm at the price of $2.00 per acre. He purchased three hundred and eighty acres at that price. He afterwards gave one away to his brother for one year's labor. This very eighty acres is today worth $100,00 an acre, and Is now owned by Mr, Renslnk. AN INCIDENT IN TRESHING In 1880 and 1881 was the stormy winter with the deep snows, and as the snow came very early In the fall no one could get Into the fields to husk their corn. The various expedients used to get the crop harvested illustrate what a pioneer will do under adverse circumstances. One man had a carload of steers to feed, and the corn was unhusked in the field, and snow so deep that one could not get to it with a wagon. The manner of getting that corn for the steers was to bolt some barrel staves onto wooden shoes and with a snow shoe thus formed, and pulling a handsled with a basket on it to pick the basket full of corn and draw it out to where a team could be driven, and then go back for another load, until the wagon had sufficient to haul home. The wagon could not be gotten in the cornfields but had to be left on the windswept prairie, where the snow was blown off enough so that it was passable. A spade was carried along, and when the top of a stalk of corn was found they would dig down until the ear could be husked. Some of the corn was not picked until the next July. Mr. Gerrit Van de Berg recalls the husking of his field by himself and sister the July following. Those were hard days, too, in another way. In 1881 or 1882 an epidemic of diphtheria broke out, which added to the suffering of the pioneers. Cleverings lost one of their children, Frankens lost two, Kuhls three, Vanbeeks one. Hulsteins had settled on land where G. Dodysloder lives in the incorporate limits of Sioux Center. Cleverings, whose interests have been In- dentified with Welcome for a longtime, settled first in West Branch among the first, Fred Johnson now lives where their old home was. They moved to Welcome about 1881. Gysbert Van Beek also was a pioneer among the first, and later moved to Welcome from West Branch, one-half mile north of the big church. His son, C. Van Beek, has long been a Welcome citizen. The same may be said of Evert Frankens, father of one of Sioux County's pioneers. Mr, McLean, whose name was mentioned before, was a thresher, and on October 16, 1880, was threshing for a neighbor. It was a nice day and all had on their summer clothes, when the "big snow storm" came, and the nice day was transformed into one with icy blasts of winter. The storm grew rapidlyworse, and so much so that they had to quit threshing and all go home, That Job of threshing was not finished until the summer of 1881. In the winter of 1880 and 1881 all the fuel to be had was hay. In the evening one man would be twisting hay all the time, or until he could have a great pile of hay twisted up into little knots somewhat like tobacco. This would be fed into the stove as needed, but they would not last long, and it pretty nearly kept one man busy all the time to prepare fuel. But as it was impossible to get to the Rock River for fuel in those days it was the best that could be had. Mr. H. Van de Berg, who lived with John, recalls a hunting trip during the winter of 1880 and 1881. He was sent to a neighbor by John for some article; he was accompanied by a dog — not a good one, but still a dog. There was a herd of antelope grazing on the prairie; the snow was very deep. He saw the herd of antelope, and saw the dog pull down and kill one. He went to get it and started to drag it home, but he finally gave up that job and started after another one and caught it by hand. The snow had so hard a crust on it that it would hold up a man, dog or wolf, but the hoofs of the antelope cut through. After catching the antelope, then came .the time of Ms life, for he had no knife — nothing to kill it with — and the antelope struggled for its life.' After a long and hard fight, a man was seen in the distance who came in answer to his signal, and whose knife, although just a little one, was sufficient to kill the antelope. The first breaking done in Welcome was done in 1878, the summer previous to John Van de Berg's coming, and was done by his brother Henry, who lived there and broke about one hundred and fifty acres. His only companion was a dog, a cow, six chickens and his horses which he used in breaking. He had a well on this land and the water was drawn by a leather strap. The prairie was Infested with wolves, who would eat the leather strap off almost every night, until Mr. Van de Berg finally In desperation took it in , his shanty every night. Servicemen Pvt. Delmar Bergsma 484-58-0973 Co. E. 2nd Bn 3rd, BCT. Bde. Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri 65473 U.S. Air Force Captain James V. Newendorp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon C. New- endorp, Alton, Iowa, Is on duty at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand. Captain Newendorp, an RF-4C Phantom tactical reconnaissance aircraft commander, serves with a unit of the Pacific Air Forces, headquarters for air operations In Southeast Asia, the Fa-. East and the Pacific are i. He previously served at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. A 1960 graduate of Floyd Valley High School, he received his B.S, degree and commission In 1965 from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his M.S. degree In astronautics in 1966 from Purdue University. The captain's wife, Margaret, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Cooper of 602 S. Seminole, Okmulgee, Okla. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Haarsma returned home last Friday after spending a week visiting with their son, the Wilson Haarsma family at Jenison, Michigan. The KK Club met on Wednesday morning for Breakfast at the Dutch Mill Inn. This was their first meeting of the year. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Koele attended the Iowa Association of Bookkeepers Convention Monday and Tuesday. It was held at the National Motor Inn at Des Moines. Mrs. Lillian Van Horssen of Bellflower, Calif., is visiting with Nel De Haan and will be staying there for a while. They visited In Tillie Jacobs home Tuesday evening. f v ^."* WEATHER-PROTECT YOUR HOME The wise homeowner attends to weatherizing now to be sure of comfort when winter arrives. Check your needs and stock them. Sanded Plywood Aluminum Combination Windows $iys Up to 60 united inches Wood Combination Storm doors 2'-8" x 6'-9" 3'-0" x 6'-9" $ shop grade J-4 x 8 3/8-4 x 8 $952 $A80 Prefinish Paneling Antique Birch Crestwood J-4 x 8 4-4 x 8 2% DISCOUNT ON All CASH PURCHASES Orange City Builders Supply Phone 4933 ^ n Highway 10, west edge of Orange City •.•*.J it?-^\ \ I \ THE SJOtfX COUNTY CAPITAL, Thursday, September 23, 1971—0

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