Sioux County -- SCHOOLS
Western Academy 1919
(This story and photo taken from 1989 Doon Press.)
Pictured is the old First Reformed Church parsonage in Hull which later became the first building to house the Western Academy, later named Western Christian high school. The "mansion" was purchased in 1919 and moved to a site on Hull's mainstreet. It was purchased for $3000 and an additional $1000 was spent to revamp it for school purposes. The basement contained a lounging area and rest rooms; the first floor, the class rooms; the second, the laboratories and library; the third floor was used as a dormitory for the boys. Grades 9 and 10 were the start of the academy. John W. Postma of Battle Creek, MI was a 10th grader that first year and submitted this photo to the Doon Press. Henry Roelofs, Martin Bolt and Jake Ledeboer also attended 10th grade that first year. Soon the board saw that the big house could not accommodate a four year secondary school and so plans were made to purchase land and in March of 1924 the present Western building was completed at the cost of $64,936.00. In 1924, a total of 100 students were enrolled. The 1989 enrollment was 374.
1921 Class Play
Back row: L-R Art Kooima, Alice Vnat Hof, Mina Brouwer, Barbara Gorzeman, Jennie Nettinga, Lawrence Wilson, Gerrit De Boer.
Alice Van't Hof and Arthur Lutjens
Pictured from the Operetta "Windmills in Holland" in 1921 at Hull High School
Hull Class of 1922
Hull high school students 1922
Hull Western Academy Freshman Class, Lincoln Twp, in 1927 (taken from 1927 Westerner annual)
Top row: W. Karsemeyer, E. Pals, T. De Stiger, J. Leih, F. Aardema, J. Scholten, L. De Koster.
Second row: C. Van Dyke, H. Faber, G. De Boer, H. Vander Vegte, P. Gabriese, E. Bierma, J. De Bie.
Bottom row: J. Soodsma, A. Buma, M. De Bruyn, A. Sluiter, H. De Lange, G. Van Duyn, H. Vander Vegte.
This photo scanned from the Westerner 1927, Lincoln Twp, annual of the Sophomore class.
Top row: M. Schans, M. Berghuis, C. Jacobs, R. Kooiker, M. Schaap, J. Hoksbergen, M. Hubers.
Bottom row:K. Bayema, J. Greenfield, G. Nymeyer, R. Hulstein, G. Vander Heide.
Photo taken from the 1927 Westerner annual, Junior Class.
Top row: J. Berghorst, P. Vander Meer, L. Vogel, W. De Jong.
Second row: B. De Jong, C. Bos, J. Roelofs, T. Strootman, G. Peters, A. Druyvestyn, A. Van Sloten.
Third row: D. Tolsma, F. Feikema, W. De Stigter, F Duimstra, S. Postma, M. Van Duyn, B. Van Houten.
Bottom row: O. De Jong, H. Viss, J. Star, N. Van Dyke, W. Bonnema, E. De Boer, C. Scholten, N. Pals.
Hull High School Mixed Chorus - 1936
Front row: Velma Koele, Clarrine Vander Schaaf, Marie Leamer, Vera Wintermantel, Elizabeth Gorzeman, Geraldine Mak, Wilma Raman, Mildred Leamer, Jeanette Zwiep, Angeline Vermeer.
Middle Row: Merlin Bomgaars, Charles Kroese, Edwin Lutjens, Music teacher Genevieve May, Nelva DeKoster, Bernadette Hogan, Evelyn Faber, Henrietta Calsbeek, Eunice Mouw, Lois Oostenink, Dorothy Mak, Thelma Vander Schaaf, Doris Hymans.
Back row: Gerrit Hospers, Peter Meerdink, Anthony Kooiker, Dale Van Steenbergen, Gerald Vande Gaarde, Walter Van Steenbergen, Tony Westra, Merrill Wallinga, Arthur Kooiker, Henry Heusinkveld, Norman Bell.
Hull Christian, Lincoln Township
These boys and girls made up the first grade class in the year 1937 at the Hull Christian school. Their teacher was Mrs. Peter B. Bouma.
(Doon Press photo)
Above information gathered by Gerrit & Jeanette VanGrootheest and Alma Langstraat of Sioux Co.