Sioux Center News, July 31, 1941 History of families...
Ringert Cornelius Jongewaard was born in Pella, Iowa, Dec 23rd 1859.
At the age of four year he went, with his parents, in a covered wagon
over the ‘Oregon trail’ to Oregon . Twice during their long
journey they were attacked by Indians, who killed their horses and
cattle. After 4 years in Oregon he journeyed with his parents over
the Panama route via New York back to Pella in 1868. An interesting
experience which Mr. Jongewaard enjoyed telling was when he was lost
in the depot in New York City, taking the wrong train to Chicago. He
had only a cloth sack with dried apples in it. He parents telegraphed
to Chicago asking the depot agent to take care of him until they were
to arrive the following morning. Such a welcome when the family was
reunited and they continued their journey to Pella.
At the age of 10 years, In 1869, he accompanied his father, Cornelius
Jongewaard to Sioux County. He was the only lad in the group. They
chose a suitable spot for a homestead in that part that was surveyed
the year before for settlement, by a Government commission. The group
of settlers travelled from Pella to Sioux City by train and rom there
with horses over prairie roads to Sioux County. In 1870 the
Jongewaard family settled down on a homestead near Orange City.
On May 21st, 1885 R. C. Jongewaard was united in marriage with Miss
Jennie VerPloeg. The marriage took place in Welcome township before
Sioux Center was incorporated. They made their home on a farm neat
West Branch, where they lived almost 10 years. Five children were
born there ; Nellie (Mrs. Redeker), Neal, Conrad, Lizzie and Helena.
In 1894 they moved to Sioux Center to a home in the north west part of
town where Mr. Jongewaard continued to works as a cattle buyer.
While living in this home four children were born: Mina, Maria, Alice
and Harold. For a few year he was in the furniture business, having
bought out T. Vander Ploeg, and Charles Vander Ploeg worked for him
to whom he later sold his business. R. C. Jongewaard was also a
licensed embalmer. He was a member of the Board of Education for many
years up to the time of his death, Feb. 12, 1915.
R. C. Jongewaad, of Sioux Center, one of Sioux County’s well known
citizens, passed suddenly early Friday a. m. Feb 12, 1915. Ten days
before he submitted to an operation for appendicitis. The operation
was successful but complications developed and he passed away before
medical aid could arrive. The doctors said his passing was due to
pulmonary embolism. Rev. Oossewaarde, of the Central Reformed Church
was in charge of the funeral service. He was a member of that church.
C. Jongewaard - Father of Ringert
Mr. Cornelius Jongewaard was born in Berkhout Province, North Holland,
Netherlands, Feb 17, 1828. He came to America with his father 3
Brothers and 1 sister, in 1847 and settled in Pella, Iowa
(From the Pella Souvenir Book of 1847-1922 it is listed that Cornelis
came in 1947 and his father Ringert and three brothers, Albert ,
Nicholas and Arie came in 1848. No mention of a sister.)
In 1853 he was married to Miss Helena Santenburg in Pella. (The
census records of 1850 and 1860 list her name as Ellen S.) Thirteen
children were born to this marriage, five of whom died in infancy.
Those living were Mrs. J. H. Muilenberg of Hurley SD; Ringert C.
Jongewaard; Mrs. H. H. Bogaard of Orange city; Mrs. Herman Spaan
Orange city; John Jongewaard of Hurley SD; Mrs. Wm. Sterrenberg Orange
City; Mrs. Carl Walhof Rock Valley; and Dr. A. C. Jongewaard.
In 1864, he with his family crossed the plains and resided in
Oregon for four years, returning to Pella, Iowa in 1868, remaining
there for two years. In 1870 he came to Sioux County with his wife
and family, being one of the first settlers of the colony, and resided
there, near Orange City, up to the time of this death in April 8th
1904, his wife died 1899.
Notes by the Transcriber, Wilma J. Vande Burg:
[Some family history of the Jongewaards from wiewaswie.nl and also
Ringert Jongeward (father of Cornelis) was born 15 Dec 1793 Berkhout,
Noord Holland, Netherlands, died 1848 at Pella IA. His parents were
Cornelis Jongewaard 1751-1823 and Neeltje DeReus 1760-1826. Ringert
was first married to Trijntje Water 1794-1822 married 20 Sep 1818
they had children – Cornelis 1818-1826; Geeritje 1819-1819; Jacob
1820-1822; Ringert then married Ariaantje Meereboer 1797-1834 Married
2 Jul 1824. They had children – Albert John 1825-1912; Cornelius
1828-1904, Nicholas ‘Klaas’ 1830-1924, Willem 1831-1836, Ariaantje
1834-1834, after the death of Ariaantje Meereboer, Ringert married
Ariaantje Husselman married 19 Jun 1834 born 1805 and died 1836, and
they had one son Arien ‘Arie’ 1835-1869. The brothers of Cornelius
stayed pretty much around the Pella IA area. )