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VanderMeide, Arie 1852-1936 & Gysbertje Pas Family


Posted By: Wilma J. VandeBerg (email)
Date: 4/28/2022 at 07:07:11

VanderMeide, Arie 1852-1936 and Gysbertje Pas Family

There was no Vander Meide family history to be used from the Orange City Centennial book, just a small paragraph on page 34. Research was done by Wilma J. Vande Berg to put together a family history biography from several sources, including the 1870-1970 Orange City Centennial book, The Story of Sioux County by Charles Dyke, census records, newspaper archives and sources on the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society’s internet page www.iagenweb.org/sioux

Source – Orange City Centennial Book page 34.
Arie Vander Meide was born November 27, 1852 at Pella, Iowa, son of Jacob Vander Meide and Jannetje Groenveld. He married Gysbertje Pas on March 21, 1871 at Pella, Iowa. Early in the spring of 1870 Mr. Vander Meide homesteaded the farm two miles north and one and three fourth miles west of Orange City. The family soon moved to Orange City where Mr. Vander Meide was active in civic affairs. In 1889 he was elected Mayor of Orange City and in 1891 he became a member of the VanderMeide & Lohr Loan Company. He was a cashier at the Northwestern State Back in 1895 where he also served as a director. He was an active member of the American Reformed Church and served as a deacon for several terms. He was one of the first supervisors of Sioux County. Their golden wedding was celebrated on March 21, 1921 at their home west of the Sioux County capital building.

Source – Research notes added by the submitter to a family report found on ancestry.com
Arie Vander Meide was born 27 Nov 1852 at Pella, Marion County, Iowa, he died 18 Jan 1936 Orange City IA. He was the son of Jacob Vander Meide 1806 – 1855 Pella IA, and Jannigje Groeneveld 1819-1881 Pella IA. He married on 21 Mar 1871 Marion County IA to Gysbertje Pas, born 30 Aug 1852 Marion County IA and died 3 May 1925 Orange City IA. She was the daughter of Huibert Pas 1817 and Willempje 1820.

Children listed were:
Available obituaries were copies from www.iagenweb.org/sioux – obits.

1 . Jacob Vander Meide born 14 Jun 1874 Sioux county IA died 1943 Sheldon IA.
Find a Grave lists Jacob Vander Meide age born 1874 died 1943 buried in Sheldon IA. His wife was Janna Vander Meide, child listed as Arvid VanderMeide. Brief outline of obituary found on-line lists Jacob Vandermeide age 67 born 14 Jun 1874 Orange City IA died Aug 1943. Child was Arvid Vandermeide.
In a separate family report on ancestry.com Jacob’s wife was listed as Janna Kathrine Wickre 1883-1930 Two children were listed Arvid VandeMeide 1909 and Janice Bertha Vander Meide 1912-2004.

2 . Minnie Vander Meide Infant was born 1879 died 28 Mar 1879 buried Orange City.

3 . Wilhelmina ‘Minnie’ Vander Meide born 29 Feb 1880 Orange City IA and died 19 Dec 1957 Siuox Center IA.
Obituary of Wilhelmina Mrs. Neal Mouw 1880-1957
Source: Sioux Center News of 12-26-1957
Birth: February 29, 1880 Death: December 19, 1957. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 21 from Central Reformed church for Mrs. Neal B. Mouw, 77, resident of Sioux Center for 55 years, who died here December 19. Services were conducted by the Reverend Marion Klaaren and interment was made in the Sioux Center Community cemetery under the direction of William de Bruyn. A brief service for the family was held at the Little Chapel on Main Avenue South, immediately preceding the service at the church. Mrs. Mouw, nee Wilhelmina Vander Meide, was born in Orange City February 29, 1880, and grew to young womanhood there. Following graduation from the Orange City high school she attended Grinnell college. She was married to Neal B. Mouw of Sioux Center at Orange City December 4, 1902. The couple immediately established their home at 252 Third Avenue Northeast, Sioux Center, which has remained the family home since. Mr. Mouw, well-known banker, passed away here September 17, 1945. He had begun his banking career here in 1896 in the role of assistant cashier of the Citizens State Bank. He became cashier of the Bank July 1, 1902, and when the Bank was changed to the First National Bank in 1904 continued as cashier. On January 8, 1918, he was made president of the bank, a position he held until his passing. Mrs. Mouw is survived by a daughter, Mildred of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.; three sons, Russell of Osakis, Minnesota, Dr. Bernard of Sioux Center (dentist) and Donald of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her parents, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
4 . Hubert John Vander Meide was born 19 Jun 1884 Sioux County Iowa and died 18 May 1951 Iowa
Obituary of H. J. Vander Meide
He was born Jan. 19, 1884 in Orange City, the youngest son of A. Vande Meide and Elizabeth Pas, pioneer settlers of Sioux County. He died May 18, 1951 at the age of 67 years, after a lingering illness of five years at the Grossmann hospital at Orange City.
He was united in marriage to Minnie Van Gorp on Dec. 27, 1911. They lived on a farm northwest of Orange City for almost 40 years. Surviving are his wife, Minnie, two sons, Harvey and Robert and one daughter Loraine, Mrs. John Kleinwolterink, and eight grandchildren, also two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Mouw of Sioux Center and Mrs. Geo. R. Ross of Arcadia, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Jacob of Sheldon. Mr. Vander Meide was a member of the American Reformed church. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 at the farm home and 2 o'clock at the American Reformed church with Rev. J. A. Veldman officiating. Burial was in the Orange City cemetery with A. D. Van Etten in charge of arrangements.
5 . Jennie Frances Vander Meide was born 17 Jul 1886 Sioux County IA and died 16 Jun 1958 Los Angeles Co. CA.
Marriage record lists Jennie Francis Vander Meide age 23, born about 1885 Orange City IA, married 30 Dec 1908 in Sioux county IA to George Richard Ross.
Find a Grave lists Jennie Frances Ross born 17 Jul 1886 Orange City IA, died 16 Jun 1957 Los Angeles CA. No children listed.

6. Lorene Eveline Vander Meide, infant age1yr died 4 Oct 1893 Orange City IA. She had been sick with lung fever for some time.

RESEARCH NOTES: from various sources applicable to the Van Der Meide family history.

Source – The book ‘Souvenir History of Pella, Iowa’ 1922
Jacob and Mrs. J. v. d. Myden and one other v. d. Myden came to America on the Good Ship Nagasaki which left Rotterdam, Holland, April 11, 1847, for Baltimore. Pages 34-35.
Mr. and Mrs. Huibert Pas came to America on the Good Ship Pieter Floris which left Amsterdam Holland, early in April 1847 for Baltimore. Pages 39-40

Source – Orange City Centennial book 1870-1970
page 8 The Wagon Trains Leave Pella - H. J. van de Waa led the first wagon train cut of Pella. With him were G. Vander Steeg, Arie Vander Meide, H. J. Luymes, and the Beukelom Brothers with their mother and sister…. page 9. A list of names with their families who left Pella for their new home in Sioux County in April and May of 1870. Arie Vander Meide was listed and noted as a leader of a wagon train.
Page 122.. Arie Vander Meide was mayor of Orange city from 1888-1890.

Source – Book ‘Story of Sioux County’ by Charles Dyke 1942.
Page VII – When interviewing for the book the interviewers wrote. “This primitive life made a deep impression on us, and about fifty years ago, we began to interview pioneers in other parts of the county, and to collect clippings from newspapers relating to pioneering in Sioux County. Some of our best story tellers, like Hendrik Jan Van Der Waa and Arie Van Der Meide, were interviewed during snowstorms, when they were glad to have a visitor, and we were sure that there would be no interference, and that we would have their undivided attention. While we visited, their good wives made tea, and we had spontaneous heart to heart tell it in their own way without knowing that they were being interviewed, so that it would not be stiff like the usual out line, for we wanted the details, and this makes their stories so charming. We were always careful to sit on one side of the table and our informer on the other, and hold our notebook below the table, so that he would not notice that we were jotting down notes.”

Source – Book ‘Story of Sioux County’ by Charles Dyke 1942
Page 76 & 77 – “Although the land along the Big Sioux and Rock Rivers was very hilly and seemed wild, there were also homesteads, especially where there was timber, which was very valuable. Consequently the settlers from Pella in the eastern part of the county would sometimes trespass on the land belonging to a ‘bona-fide’ settler and cut his timber, and this at times led to serious trouble. At one time a party of settlers among which was Arie Van Der Meide began to cut timber on the homestead claimed by a man by the name of Wilson and it was not long until Wilson appeared and told them to stop. But as the easterners considered the timber public property, they paid no attention to the protest of Wilson, but even some of the boys jeered him. When the woodcutters were ready to go home the king bolt from the wagon of Are Van Der Meide was missing, and someone said, ‘That man going there (meaning Wilson) will know where it is for he was with your wagon’. Van Der Meide then hailed Wilson who stopped, and as the former came nearer, probably in a threatening attitude, Wilson said, “Look out, be careful.” When Van Der Meide still advanced Wilson struck at him with an ax and hit him in the hip. But nothing daunted, though sorely wounded, Van Der Meide grappled with him and took his ax away, or Wilson would have killed him. The other men now came to the fracas, some to help the wounded man to stanch the flow of blood while others took after Wilson, but he was a lean sprinter and escaped and dived into this dugout, and with another man began to shoot into the air. As the unwelcome wood-choppers were fortunately unarmed, they withdrew. It was found that the ax as sharp as a knife, had sliced a chip off the hip of Mr. Van Der Meide and he carried the scar to his grave. It came out later that Wilson was in the right, as the timber was on his land. After much searching the missing king bolt was found and the woodcutters went back to the settlement in Holland township. As Wilson felt very uneasy about the matter, he drove to Orange Ctiy to apologize for his hasty action and incidentally made a contract with the settlers for several acres of timer land. He also offered to give shelter to the wood choppers and barn room for their horses should the weather suddenly become inclement. Thus peace was restored on the banks of the Sioux and the Rock rivers.”

Pages 132-136 – Chronicled the story of the famous raid of Calliope to steal the county records and safe from the poorly run gang in place at Calliope, to be removed to Orange City to become the new county seat. Although the story is too long to be included in this BIOS it relates how Mr. Van Der Meide was involved. The heavy safe which could not be opened as the key was not found, was loaded on to a sleigh and hauled off into a very cold night on the journey to Orange City. “The safe and books were entrusted to Arie Van Der Meide and Koenrad De Jong and going through the West Branch of the Floyd river their unshod team could not pull the sleigh with the heavy safe up the bank of the stream. Hastily loading the books on another sleigh, they left the safe with the bounty funds and the county seal in the bank of the West Branch for the night, and drove on to Orange City where they arrived at two o’clock in the morning. The sleigh with the books stopped before a shack used by Henry Hospers as an office. As it was in the small hour of the morning and the raiders were chilled through to the bone, the books were not unloaded but a guard was stationed to watch them until morning. In addition to the guard there was another, the big dog of Van Der Meide. The dog has been along to Calliope and in going home rode in the same sled with this master and the books from Calliope to Orange City. And while his master stayed with a friend in Orange City that morning, the faithful animal stayed with the books and would not allow anyone to touch them. Even when Henry Hospers and Anthony Betten who had the books in charge came to check them out the following morning, the dog stood this ground and Van Der Meide had to be found before the checkers could go on with the work. Mr. Van De Meide was then living on his homestead.”

Pages 330, 369 and 462 related more tidbits that included items of interest regarding Arie Van Der Meide in the early days of Sioux County. These included his banking experiences, his involvement in the first electric plant in Sioux county, and willingness to help other settlers of the county.

Newspaper digital archives - using http://siouxcounty.advantage-preservation.com/search site. Searching the site from 1872-1925 yielded over 6000 hits where the name Vander Meide (in various forms) appeared in the local newspapers. This is indication of the family’s influence in Sioux County county’s early years.

RESEARCH SOURCES – For Family history – note names were spelled as they were recorded in the records.

Source – Ancestry.com Jacob A. Vander Meide (father of Arie) was was born 6 Nov 1805 at Abbenbroek Zuid Holland, Netherlands and died 1855 at Pella IA (Iowa Verenigde Staten) His wife was Jannigje Groeneveld. 1819-1881 Two children were born in the Netherlands namely Adrianus Van der Meide 1844-1881 and Francina Van der Meide 1848-1872.

Source – I850 census Jacob Vander Meide was 44, Jannetje Groeneveld was 31 and Francina was 1 yr.
1856 census of Lake Prairie Tsp. Marion Co. IA, Jane Vander Meiden was 36 born Neth. Francina was 8 and Arie was 3, Jacob was 1. (the father Jacob had died in 1855).
1860 census of Lake Prairie Marion Co. IA lists Cornelis Versteeg 35 (second husband of Jannetje) , Jannetje 40, Vander Meide children as Francyntje 11, Arie 7 and Jacob 5.

Source – Netherlands birth records – Huibert Pas was born 2 Feb 1815 at Kedichem, Utrechts, Netherlands to Gerrit Pas and Gijsje Blankerstijn. Willemke Muilenburg was born 6 Jan 1819 at Vuren, Gelderland to Jan Muilenburg and Teuntje Schalk.

Source - Obituary of Willemke Muilenburg Pas from
From the Alton Democrat of Oct 19, 1895 Orange City News.
Died - Friday, October 11th, at her home in Orange City, Mrs. W. Pas. She was born in 1819, and was one of our old settlers, having resided here since 1872. She was the mother of Mrs. A. Van der Meide, Mrs. M. Rynsburger, Mrs. T. Tysseling, Mrs. J. De Jong, George Pas, of Mankato, and Miss Annie Pas. The funeral services were held in the Dutch Reformed church Sunday, before a large congregation of sympathizing friends.
Her demise is mourned by all who knew her, and the relatives have our heartfelt sympathy in this their hour of grief.

Source - Found family on ancestry.com - Huibert Pas b. abt 1816 Spijk near Vuren, Gelderland, Netherlands Died Mar 1872 Pella IA and Willemke Muilenburg b. Oct 10, 1819 Vuren, Geld. Neth. died Oct 11, 1895 Orange City IA. Their children were - Gerrit 1898; Teuntje Mrs. Marinus Rhynsburger 1850-1945; Gysbertje Mrs. Arie Vander Meide 1852-1925; Jannigje 'Jane' Mrs. De Jong 1855-1910; Pietrje Mrs. Tunis Tysseling 1857-1903, Jan Pas 1859-1890; Maria Mrs. John Vander Steeg 1862-1935; Johann 1867-1933.)

Source – 1850 census of Lake Prairie, Marion County IA, Huibert Pas age 34, born 1816 Netherlands, a farmer, with wife Willemke Muilenburg age 29 and children Gerrit Pas age 2 and Teuntje Pas age 0.
1860 census of Lake Prairie, Marion County IA, Huip Pas 45, wife Willempje 41, Gerrit 12, Teuntje 10, Gysje 8, Jannigje 6, Pietje 4, and Jan 1.
1870 census of Pella Iowa Hrubert Pas age 55 born about 1815 Netherlands, was a farmer, wife William (Willemina) age 52, Gyse 18, Jannetye 16, John 12, Petje 10, Mary 8, Johanna 6.

OBITUARY of Arie Vander Medie 1852-1936
Sioux County Capital of Orange City(6-25-1936)
Arie Vander Meide, only son of Jakop Vander Meide and Jannigje Groeneveld died at his home in Orange City, Iowa on Thursday the 18th day of June 1936 at the age of eighty three years and seven months. He was born in Pella, Iowa on the 27th day of November 1852 and grew to manhood in Marion county where on the 25th day of March 1871 he was married Gysbertje Pas and immediately trekked to Sioux County where he files on land the year before . To this union six children were born two died in infancy and Jacob of Sheldon, Iowa. Herbert of Orange City,Iowa Minnie Mouw of Sioux Center, wife of Neal Mouw and Jennie Ross of Grinnell,Iowa wife of George Ross, survive him. His wife preceded him in death May 3, 1925.
He moved from the farm to Orange City in the fall of 1881 and opened up a real estate and insurance office with Simon Kuyper and later went into a loan and abstract business with Henry J. Lenderink which later became the abstract firm of VanderMeide & Lohr which continued until 1891 when he joined the Northwestern State Bank of Orange City and became its cashier; a position he held for nineteen years when he retired only to become interested in the First National Bank of Sioux Center the following year. Until two years ago he was its president or chairman of the board of directors.
During his active business life of more than sixty years he held the following positions of honor and trust among many others; Mayor of Orange City, member of local school board, member of city council, member of supervisor for twenty one year and its chairman for a number of years, delegated to the Republican National Convention in 1904 which nominated Theodore Roosevelt, helped organize the Sioux County Fair and was it president for more than twenty five years and deacon of the American Reformed church of which he was a member since 1885.

 OBITUARY of Gysbertje Mrs. Arie Vander Meide 1852-1925
Court House Closed During Funeral of Wife of Former Supervisor
The death of Mrs. A. Vander Meide occurred at the residence in Orange City on Sunday May 3rd at 1:00 A.M. She had been in poor health for several months but her condition was not considered serious until about a month ago, since then she failed very rapidly.
Mrs. Vander Meide was born August 30, 1852 in Pella, Ia. She was married there on March 21, 1871 after which she moved to Sioux County to make her home on the farm north of town where they remained for ten years, then moving into town where they have resided since. She was a charter member of the Amer. Ref. church, and was active in all church organizations and a willing worker in anything that was undertaken.
She is survived by her husband and four children, Jake at Sheldon, Mrs. Minnie Mouw of Sioux Center, Hubt. on the farm home and Mrs. George Ross of Grinnell, nine grandchildren, also two sisters, Mrs. Mary Vande Steeg of Orange City and Miss Anna Pas who has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Vande Meide for a number of years, and one brother Geo. of Mankato. Funeral services were conducted in the Amer. Ref. church on Tuesday afternoon.

Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Arie Vander Meide was taken at their 50th wedding anniversary.


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