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Frederic Walvoord (1869-1925)

Fred Walvoord

Fred Walvoord

Frederic Walvoord was born in Amsterdam, Wisconsin on March 13, 1869 around 10:00 P.M. He was the second child and eldest son of thirteen children born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walvoord.

Frederic Walvoord and his younger brother John Garret Walvoord c. 1876

Frederic Walvoord and his younger brother John Garret Walvoord c. 1876

Frederic “Fred” had a good singing voice and a good mind.

He attended the University of Wisconsin Agriculture School one winter. There he learned butter-making and cheese-making. He was the first one from Sheboygan County to attend the University of Wisconsin Agriculture School. He learned machine trade in the Foundry.

He lived in Milwaukee for several years. Then he lived in Sheboygan for a few years.

He spent one winter in Lime Springs, Iowa with the his Uncle Ralph and Aunt Jane (Walvoord) Hoopman. He went hunting with his cousins Garrett and Ed Hoopman.

Fred married Jane Lammers, a neighbor in Amsterdam, on December 8, 1897 in Cedar Grove.

Jane was the daughter of John Hendrick Lammers (1842-1924) and Hendricka (Veldhorst) Walvoord (1848-1934). Jane also known as “Jennie” was born on April 25, 1874.

When she married Frederic, she was 23 (five years younger than Frederic, who was 28 at the time).

Fred and Jane had three children who grew to adult age: Elsie, Evelyn and Frederick Kenneth. Their second child, a son named Larry, died at birth in about 1899.

Jane (Lammers) Walvoord with two of her children, Elsie and Frederick Lee. c. 1927

Jane (Lammers) Walvoord with two of her children, Elsie and Frederick Lee. c. 1927

Elsie Walvoord was born in October of 1898 on the farm near Cedar Grove. She later married a man named Neil Martin and had two sons: Howard (unmarried; in Miles City) and Charles (worked in a plywood factory in Portland, Oregon; married). Elsie died in Milwaukee in 1950 at the age of 51.

Evelyn Harriet Walvoord was born in Sheboygan on February 6, 1902. She married Howard Beyer in 1921. They lived on a homestead near Quietus, Montana, fifty miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming from 1921 to 1936. Then they lived on a ranch until they moved to Sheridan. There Howard worked in a V.A. Hospital. They had a daughter, Shirley, who was born February 16, 1925. Shirley married Elmer F. Garrett and had two sons: Larry Robert Garrett (Cheyenne, Wyoming) and Glen Edward Garrett. Evelyn died January 31, 2000 at the age of 97.

Frederick Lee Walvoord was born on December 3, 1907 in Milwaukee. He married Reba Stepp (born in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina in 1914) on November 23, 1940. He did highway construction work, operating big machines. He and Reba had two children: Sandra Kay, born September 24, 1941, and Kenneth Lee (Portland, Oregon), born August 1, 1943. Sandra married Lawrence Bledsoe. They had two children: Mark Alan, born on October 3, 1963 in Billings, Montana; and Gregory Lee, born on August 19, 1964 in Orange, California. Lawrence was killed in an auto accident on August 27, 1966. Sandra re-married Bob Neal on September 15, 1967. Bob was born August 19, 1933 in Texas. Frederick Lee Walvoord died July 30, 1962  at the age of 54 and was buried in Miles City, Montana.

Fred Walvoord Family Homestead in Montana

Fred Walvoord Family Homestead in Montana 1916

After their children were born, the Frederic Walvoord family moved to Miles City, Montana in 1915. They lived on a homestead there. Fred had been a farmer near Cedar Grove, and later a machinist in Milwaukee, and moved with Jane and family to a homestead about 25 miles northwest of Miles City, Montana. It was eight miles west of Angela. They had sheep and lived there from 1915 to 1919. Their house was made of lumber, with sod for insulation.

The homestead was unsuccessful because of a lack of rain for farming.  Many years later Jane (Lammers) Walvoord returned to the old homestead with her granddaughter,  Sandi (Walvoord) Neal.  Apparently it had lots of ground water because someone dug a well.

The Fred Walvoord family in Macintosh, South Dakota. Fred died 8 days after this photo was taken.

August 5, 1925. The Fred Walvoord family in McIntosh, South Dakota. Fred died 8 days after this photo was taken. He was only 56.

Fred, Jane and son Fred (Frederick Lee) moved to McIntosh, South Dakota near Deadwood.

When Fred died he was on a rented farm in Dakota. He did highway work in the Bad Lands (an Indian reservation). He made new roads through the Bad Lands. He was fond of horses, hunting and fishing.

Fred was buried there. He died on August 13, 1925 when he was just 56-years-old. His funeral was on August 19, 1925. Psalm 103:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 35-38 and Hebrews 7:1, were read at the funeral.

Jane died in Miles City, Montana on December 3, 1970 at the age of 96!  She was buried December 7th at Custer County Cemetery in Montana.

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Updated: December 5, 2016 — 12:39 PM
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