Sioux County, Iowa



Gerrit Boeyink and Magdelena De Pree,
December 27, 1899 on their marriage date

Gerrit Boeyink was born September 22, 1873 in Alto WI. He lived on a farm with his parents, Henry Gerrit Boeyink and Johanna Kastein. (See separate story on Gerrit's parents and their family.) Gerrit's family lived near Alto WI until he was 12 years old, at which time the family moved to Sioux County. In 1885 they settled on a farm two miles northwest of Sioux Center. He lived there until he was 25 years old when he began to buy grain. When he was 26 years old he married Magdelena De Pree on December 27,1899. In 1904 they built a beautiful new home that still stands just to the south of the present community center.

Children of Gerrit Boeyink about 1910. Front
L-R: Elsie (Mrs. Anthony Hasselo), Gertrude
Boeyink, Johanna (Mrs. Marshall Noble), and
Rear Standing: Harold Boeyink.

Gerrit was a partner in the Wesselink Hardware Store which housed the post office and in 1904 Gerrit Boeyink became postmaster and held that position for four years, which at that time was a four year Republican term of office. For about four years after this he bought grain for the Farmers Cooperative Elevator. He then bought grain for himself for a few years. In 1914 he became janitor of the public school. Gerrit Boeyink had also served as the assessor for a period of 15 years and was city clerk for one year. He was active in civic and church life. He was in the consistory for six years and both he and his wife taught Sunday School for several years. Gerrit was an organist for years while a member of the First Reformed Church and later for Central Reformed Church. Magdelena assisted her father Rev. J. De Pree in his study while he served the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center for many years.

In the spring of 1941 Magdelena died and Gerrit died March 11, 1953. They were the parents of four children.

First child was Johanna "Joan" Boeyink who was born November 7, 1900, and she married Marshall Noble. They were from St. Cloud MN, and had one son, Warren Oric Noble born April 8, 1938.

Second child was Elsie Angelina Boeyink who was born February 1, 1904 and she married Anthony Hasselo. They were from Orange City.

Third child was Harold Henry Boeyink who was born January 12, 1906 and he married Grace Wandscheer. They were from Sioux: Center.

Fourth child was Gertrude Elizabeth Boeyink who was born June 27, 1909 and she died April 10, 1917.

This article was written from information in the 1941 Jubilee Edition of the Sioux Center News and information from family members.
By Wilma J. Vande Berg

Harold Boeyink and Grace Wandscheer Boeyink, taken about 1974.

Grace Wandscheer was born November 6, 1908 to Daniel Wandscheer and Dina Heusinkveld on a farm that was one mile west and one and three fourth mile south of Sioux Center, IA. At the age of two years, Grace's family moved into the town of Sioux Center. Grace attended the public grade school and high school. While in high school her main interests were in music and basketball. After she graduated from high school her family moved to Dubuque IA for two years. There Grace attended the University of Dubuque. Later Grace returned to Sioux Center and worked as a clerk in Arendsen and Postma's store until she married Harold Boeyink on October 14, 1936.

Harold Boeyink was born January 12, 1906 to Gerrit Boeyink and Magdelene De Pree. Harold was a grandson of the pioneer first minister of the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Rev. J. De Pree. Harold's father, Gerrit Boeyink, was the postmaster in Sioux Center 1904 and for four years, later he ran an elevator.

The first five years of their marriage they lived in an apartment in Grace's parents home. After the death of Harold's mother, they moved to the Boeyink home to be with Harold's father. Harold and his cousin Louis Boeyink bought the Lane Kosters Grocery and Men's Clothing Store in 1935. After thirty years in the business Harold sold the store to Bob Schouten. He was semiretired for several years. Harold was active in several community organizations and served on the city council.

Harold and Grace Boeyink were members of the Central Reformed Church and enjoyed being active in music groups. Harold served as a deacon and elder for a number of years. Their joy was to be of service to others in the church and the community.

By Mrs. Grace Boeyink

Source: Sioux Center Iowa 1991 Centennial Book--Family Contributor, Mary Haverhals


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