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Anna Margretta Walvoord (1867-1962)

Anna Margretta Walvoord

Anna Margretta Walvoord

Anna was born on September 18, 1867 around 11:00 P.M. She was the daughter and oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walvoord. Anna was born in the Township of Holland at the Walvoord farm near Amsterdam.

Before her marriage, Anna made cheese in the Walvoord cheese factory located on their farm. She also spent a few months in Sheboygan learning dressmaking. She was born and married in the same farmhouse. She wedded Ewauldus “Edward” Vande Wall, Postmaster of Hoard, on December 24, 1888.

After her marriage, Anna lived in Hoard, Wisconsin in the Township of Holland. There she and Edward owned a store and a cheese factory. Their three children were born there. Later they moved to a farm near Hingham. Then they moved to Cedar Grove where Mr. Vande Wall had a grocery store with Jake Lensink as a partner. Later they moved to a farm near Antigo.

Wedding photo of Ewaldus Vande Wall and Anna (Walvoord) Vande Wall c. 1888

Wedding photo of Ewaldus Vande Wall and Anna (Walvoord) Vande Wall c. 1888

After a few years, they sold the farm and lived in Antigo. There Edward was janitor of the Methodist Church. In later years they moved back to Cedar Grove and again owned a grocery store. As long as he was able, Edward worked in the store. He became sick and had a stroke but was able to move about for some years. Then he fell on some icy steps and broke his leg. He was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital where he died at the age of seventy. He died on February 7, 1937. His funeral was on February 10, 1937. Psalm 48:14 was read at the funeral. He was born on April 12, 1866.

Edward had enjoyed music. He liked to play old hymns. His favorites were O Child Come Home, Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling, Rock of Ages, Jesus Lover of My Soul, and One Sweetly Solemn Thought. Ed played the organ. Anna’s favorite hymns were Rock of Ages and I’ve Found a Friend.

Anna and Edward had three children born to them: Ada, Oscar and Leona.

Leona, Oscar & Ada Vande Wall

Leona, Oscar & Ada Vande Wall c.1899

Ada Vande Wall was born on January 28, 1892. She married Ernst Shear of Dakota. Their children were Randall and Hazel.

Oscar Vande Wall was born on March 22, 1894. He married Agnes Walvoord, the daughter of Tony and Jane (Pott) Walvoord, of Cedar Grove. Oscar and Agnes Vande Wall had four children: Bonita, Ruth and twins Phyllis and Phillip.

Leona Vande Wall was born on October 15, 1896. She never married.

Anna was a good worker and very fast. She did a lot of canning. In later years she made rugs, crocheted bedspreads for her grandchildren and made a table cloth. She also made many potholders and strips of lace for pillow cases.

She died in August of 1962 at the age of ninety-four.