NYHOF, LEONARD R. AND MYNA M. (HULSTEIN)
Leonard and Myna Nyhof have lived most of their lives in the Sioux Center area except for some time when Leonard served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. Leonard was born Jan. 25, 1935 on a farm in a snow storm near Ireton, Ia. Dr. Wm. Maris came to the house by horse and sleigh with some assistance. Leonard's parents are Gerrit and Gertrude Nyhof. Gerrit was born by Sioux Center, in 1910 on Dec. 26, into a family of 2 boys and 1 girl. Boys Gerrit and Henry and girl Rena. Father Reinder passed away at a young age of 32 and mother Rena remarried John Draayer. To this union one daughter was born - Wilhemina, Mrs. Herman Vollink from Ireton. Mother Rena's maiden name was Kas. Gerrit married Gertrude Vande Kieft a daughter of Geurt and Nellie Vande Kieft on January 24, 1934. Gertrude came from a family of 3 girls and 3 boys. The other 2 girls being Minnie (Mrs. Henry Feenstra) and Reka (Mrs. Jake Sinkey). Boys William, Wilbert and John.
They started farming by Ireton and moved to a farm which they purchased 3¼ miles east of Sioux Center's Kroons corner. The farm consisted of 160 acres and they rented 80 acres on the south side of the road. There they raised a family of Leonard, Gilmer, Carol, Lavonne, Velda, Marlys, Myra (twins) and Betty. Gerrit passed away Jan. 13, 1980 and Gilmer took over the farm.
Myna was born on a farm near Carmel, Iowa to Conrad and Grace Hulstein. They later moved to a farm near Rock Rapids and finally purchased a farm 4½ miles east of Kroons corner in Sioux Center. Conrad was a son of Gerrit and Cornelia Hulstein and Grace was a daughter of Albertus and Mina Van Maanen. (Van Maanen married Van Maanen - no relation). Conrad was from a family of 6 boys and 3 girls. The other boys ware Cornelius, William, Henry, Steven and Raymond. Girls - Hattie (Mrs. Ralph Kastine), Pearl (Mrs. Peter Bosch), Johanna (Mrs. George Lihudis).
Grace was from a family of 8 girls and 2 boys. The other girls being Annie (Mrs. Henry Berghorst), Gertie (Mrs. Tymen Rens), Jennie (Mrs. Cornelius Wassink), Hattie (Mrs. Gerben De Jong), Mina (Mrs. John R. Rens), Winnie (Mrs. Henry P. Vis), Albertha (Mrs. Ben Bleyenberg. Boys - Evert and John.
To "Coon" and Grace ware born 2 boys and nine girls which included 2 sets of twins. Gerrit, Mina (passed away at age 17 of scarlet fever), Carolyn, Emma, Etta (twins), Albertus, Gertrude, Viola, Winerva, Minerva (twins), Myna.
Leonard and Myna Nyhof Family. Adults L-R:
Leonard and Myna were married March 16, 1956 in a home wedding ceremony at 441 E.lst St. (the bride's home). Leonard was working as a mechanic, machinist, welder at Kosters Mfg. Co. and Myna was employed at the Sioux Center News. Leonard was drafted into military service Aug. 6, 1957 and served 2 years stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, Fort Sam Houston, Texas and finally at a missile base near Chesterton, Indiana. After discharge they moved to Orange City, Iowa for approx. 2 years where Leonard worked for Cambier Motors and later managed a Phillips 66 station in Alton, Iowa. Leo was born while the family was living in Orange City, Iowa, Len and Myna then moved the small amount of possessions and their 2 boys to Volga, So. Dak. and operated a "Snap-on Tool" business. That lasted 8 months and back to Sioux Center and back to Kosters Mfg. In 1966 Len and Myna opened their own "Lawn Equipment" business. Lora was born in 1964 and Linda came along in 1969.
The Nyhofs built a new home in Sioux Center at 410 6th Ave. S.E. and moved into it in October of 1974. Leonard and Myna purchased the Sioux County Culligan Franchise from Art Kalsbeek on January 1, 1984. The office and plant of the operation was in Orange City and the "Nyhofs" decided to leave it there and Len commutes daily. Myna continues to work at Carrie Foods as she has for the past 10 years. This is the on campus food service for Dordt College.
by Leonard R. Nyhof
NYHOF TURF AND TRAIL, INC.
Nyhof Turf and Trail, Inc.
Over time Leonard's health began to fail some because of a chemical imbalance. That coupled with the stress of business put him in the hospital in August 1979. The business kept going another few years but for health reasons it was sold in the winter of 1980, Three young men 2 of which had been former employees were Gregg Mouw, Graig Bauer and Darrel Mulder purchased it and changed the name to "Blade & Chanin", That partnership dissolved after a time and the business liquidated, Nyhof still owned the property and after renting it a few years was sold in 1986 to Sioux Automation to be used for a Rent-All agency.
By Leonard R. Nyhof
Source: Sioux Center Iowa 1991 Centennial Book--Family Contributor, Mary Haverhals
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