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Kloster, Emma Joann (Teacher)


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 9/22/2015 at 15:02:11

Emma Joann (Smeenk) Kloster
by her daughter, Twylla (Kloster) Miller

Emma Joann Smeenk was born at rural Worthing, South Dakota, on January 4, 1905. Her parents were John and Hattie (Stellingwerf) Smeenk. Emma attended school in rural Harrisburg, South Dakota, until her parents moved to Sioux Center, Iowa, in 1917.

In 1918 they moved to Orange City where, in 1923, Emma graduated from high school. She attended Cedar Falls Teachers College and decided to accept a school in Polk City, Iowa, that fall. The next school year she obtained a school closer to her home area, Fredonia # 5 (Center School). She taught there 1924-1927.

Emma married Nis Kloster of the Oyens community on February 15, 1928. They farmed and raised 6 children in Fredonia Township. In the early 1950’s Emma decided to continue her education and began teaching again in area schools. These schools included Struble, Fredonia # 1 and Seney.  She taught at these schools until she retired.  Following retirement she continued to live on and manage her farm.

Emma passed away February 26, 1999 at the age of 94 years.

~Emma Smeenk taught Fredonia No. 5 1924-1927 & Marion No. 5 1927-1928.

~Emma Smeenk Kloster taught Elgin No. 3 Struble 1954-1955 & 1959-1962. She also taught Fredonia No. 1 1955-1959 and was also the last teacher at Elgin No. 6, Seney School, before that school closed in the Spring 1964.


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