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Walvoord Thanksgiving Memories

How a Family Tradition Came to Be…

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Every year, for as long as I can remember, the Walvoord family has gathered together to share food and give thanks. My branch of the Walvoord Family truly enjoys each other and everyone looks forward to getting together each year.

My Aunt Mary, Mary Elizabeth Walvoord Hale Dzuik (1928-2009), is the one who started a family custom that would eventually reach mammoth proportions.

Mary thought it was important to get the family together often.  In fact, she built her house in Hereford, Texas specifically so it would have enough room for family gatherings. It was felt that Christmas should be spent with individual family groups, but Thanksgiving was a holiday that the whole Walvoord Family could gather for.

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Although not at Thanksgiving, this is an early gathering of Walvoords at Aunt Mary’s in Hereford, Texas circa 1956. From left to right: Peggy (Phillips) Walvoord (holding son Keith), David Walvoord, John F. Walvoord, Timothy Walvoord (boy looking back), Geraldine (Lundgren) Walvoord, Lynn Hale, Randall H. Walvoord, Betty Jo Walvoord, Mary F. Walvoord (84), Aunt Mary (Walvoord) Hale, Johnny Walvoord (sitting holding Cindy Hale [L] and Gary Walvoord [R]), Bill Forbes (holding son Mike) and Joann (Walvoord) Forbes.

Aunt Mary had these family get-togethers for many years as the family grew and grew.  Soon hosting Thanksgiving became quite a chore, so Mary’s younger brother David and sister-in-law Peggy (my parents), began to host Thanksgiving every-other-year.  They had bought a new and bigger house in Amarillo, Texas in 1969 and were now able to handle the growing family reunions.  In one instance, I remember my parents, who had a game room,  put the ping-pong table top on top of the pool table, draped a tablecloth over that and put chairs around converting it to a large dining table. Of course myself and the rest of my younger cousins were regulated to the children’s tables (usually several card tables) sprinkled in other rooms of the house.

In those early days, Thanksgiving would alternate between my parent’s house and my Aunt Mary’s house in Hereford, Texas.

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Sears Wishbook Catalog from 1968

After the noon Thanksgiving meal, everyone would sit around the dining room table with the Sears Christmas “Wish Book” Catalog and make up their Christmas Lists of items they wanted costing less than $5.00.

Drawing Names

After the lists, an exciting time was had by drawing names of all family members (including those not present).    It was always a secret who had drawn your name much like the “Secret Santa” games that people play today, although we didn’t call it that.  The name one drew was who they got to buy a gift for for that Christmas.  If you drew someone from your own family, that slip of paper was put back in and you would re-draw.

There was always a limit to how much you could spend.  It was usually no more than five dollars but then with inflation, the limit, I think, was raised to $10.00.  When it became harder to buy anything meaningful with ten dollars, the tradition of drawing names each Thanksgiving was abandoned.

Games and Dallas Cowboys Football

In those early days, after the noon meal at Aunt Mary’s, the adults would play Canasta and the kids would play outside with Lawn Darts.  Many of the guys would play tennis on a nearby tennis court.  I also remember playing the game Clue for the first time.

In later years, the post noon meal activities include a walk to a park for kids to play, or a game of ping pong or throwing the football around. When in the Dallas area, Aunt Nan would open up her shop (The Vintage House) for a shopping “field trip” that most of the ladies would enjoy and get a little early Christmas shopping in.

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1960 Dallas Cowboys Logo

At kickoff time, nearly everyone would sit in front of the TV to watch the Dallas Cowboys play.  My grandfather, Randall Henry Walvoord (1904-1978), was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and my older Aunts and Uncles were born in Racine, Wisconsin.  You would think that they would be Green Bay Packers fans, but their loyalties have always been for the Dallas Cowboys.  My grandfather moved the family from Racine down to Amarillo, Texas in 1945 and since The Dallas Cowboys started up in 1960, this branch of Walvoords has followed them from the beginning.

Expansion

As the family grew larger and larger, the hard work of Thanksgiving preparations was spread around between between more of my aunts and uncles.  Hosting of Thanksgiving began to rotate between my Aunt Mary’s in Hereford, Texas, David and Peggy Walvoord’s in Amarillo, Texas, Johnny and Nan Walvoord’s in Carrollton, Texas and then Gary and Bonnie Walvoord’s in Amarillo (then later to Oklahoma City after they moved there).  In this way, no one had to host more than once every four-years.

Grafting in Another Branch of the Family Tree

One Thanksgiving, in Carrollton, Texas, when it was Uncle Johnny and Aunt Nan family’s turn to host, they thought to invite John F. Walvoord’s family who lived in Dallas.  John F. Walvoord was my great-uncle and the younger brother of my grandfather Randall H. Walvoord (who had died in 1978).  My Great-uncle John and great-aunt Geraldine and their children and grandchildren added another six to ten to the Walvoord numbers each year. In hindsight, we all wondered why no one had never thought to invite them before, because they added so much to the family.

As Thanksgiving rotated between Hereford, Amarillo, Carrollton, and Oklahoma City, some years just had bigger turnouts than others.  More of the Walvoord family lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so the Carrollton year had more people show up than the Hereford year or even the Amarillo year.  With the combination of everyone enjoying the bigger turnouts and convenience in the Dallas area, and the fact that Aunt Mary my my parents were getting older and hosting Thanksgiving was more difficult for them, the Panhandle locations were eventually dropped and then later so was Oklahoma City.

The Next Generation

Eventually the Walvoord Thanksgiving settled into a Dallas only rotation and the annual burden of hosting fell on my Aunt Nan’s family in Carrollton.

To give her a break, one year my cousin Cindy (Hale) Horton (Aunt Mary’s youngest daughter), hosted at her home in Austin, Texas.

Another year, John Edward Walvoord (son of John F. Walvoord) hosted at his house in Dallas.

Johnny and Nan’s daughter Jeanan (Walvoord) Hamilton started hosting at her house in Flower Mound, Texas alternating each year with her mom.  Jeanan loves hosting so much, she became content to host every year and in true Walvoord fashion wants to set a record in attendance each year.  The record attendance (I believe) is 62, but generally averages around 50 or so each year.

In 2009, my cousin Kristi (Dillon) Spess began hosting every-other-year in Austin, Texas and did so this past 2013.

Group Photo, Prayer, and Doxology

Although photos of various family groups have been taken nearly every year, many years, a photo of the entire family together was simply forgotten. By the time somebody thought of it, some of the family had already left.

I believe it was my cousin Jeanan, who one year, organized an approach to make a group photo of everyone.   Before the noon prayer and food, everyone gathered outside to get a group photo.  The photo is to be taken at 12:00 noon sharp.  If you’re not there, you miss being in the picture. Jeanan has been known to “Photo Shop” a couple of lollygaggers into the photo. After about “500 photos” from “30 different cameras” are taken, then generally, the eldest Walvoord male present, would say the blessing.

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Walvoord Thanksgiving in Amarillo, Texas in 1972

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Walvoord Thanksgiving in Amarillo, Texas in 1977. This was the last Thanksgiving with my grandfather, Randall H. Walvoord. He died in August of 1978.

Walvoord Thanksgiving in Amarillo, Texas (at Bonnie & Gary's house) Back row: Alan Gowdy, Kit Walvoord, Ed Dzuik, Scott Walvoord, Mike Forbes, Keith Walvoord, David Walvoord, Nan Walvoord, Johnny Walvoord Middle row: Elizabeth Walvoord, Tresa Hale, Bonnie Walvoord, Betty Jo Dillon, Peggy Walvoord, Pam Forbes, Mary Dzuik, Lynn Gowdy, Jimmy Gowdy Front row: Jeromy Gowdy, Wendy Walvoord, Jeanan Walvoord, Kristi Dillon, Derek Horton, Cindy Horton, Fletcher Horton, Gary Walvoord, Mark Walvoord, Shaun Walvoord

Walvoord Thanksgiving in Hereford, Texas in 1981

Walvoord Thanksgiving in Amarillo, Texas (Uncle Gary's) in 1982

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Many Walvoord descendants from this branch are very musically gifted and some even have degrees in Music (I’m not one of them). One year, my cousin Lynn (Aunt Mary’s oldest daughter) spontaneously began singing the Doxology after the prayer and everyone joined in.  It is now a tradition every year.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

Food

Feeding a family this big, requires a lot of food. Some of the food the Walvoords share each year are, of course, turkey.  Some years we’ve had four turkeys: two roasted turkeys, one smoked turkey and one deep-fried turkey. Usually someone provides a large ham.

Some of the classic Walvoord dishes enjoyed are Aunt Nan’s corn bread dressing of which she makes massive quantities taking several days to make.  I don’t recall ever having “stuffing” at Thanksgiving which is a more northern tradition.  Another favorite is Aunt Nan’s corn bread casserole.  Everyone laps ups up Aunt Nan’s pink salad. Aunt Mary always made a broccoli-rice casserole that I loved.  Aunt Betty is known for her fudge.  Mrs. Hale (Granny Hale was Aunt Mary’s mother-in-law) made the most delicious variety of home-made pickles in her relish tray. Aunt Mary also made delicious pumpkin pies from a recipe that was handed down from her Uncle Earl Korn’s wife Laurine. Earl was the older brother of my grandmother Elizabeth (Korn) Walvoord.

Someone would always bring Pecan Pie.  My grandmother who was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin would pronounce it “Pee-can Pie” and us Southern Walvoords would “try” to correct her to the proper pronunciation of “Pi-khan Pie.”  My grandpa would call pickles: “cucumbers” and cucumbers: “pickles.”  I think he did that just to tease me.

Continuing the Spirit of Aunt Mary’s Thanksgiving

July 31, 2009, Mary Elizabeth (Walvoord) Hale Dzuik went to be with the Lord.  That year, Thanksgiving was held in Austin, Texas.  It was the first Thanksgiving without the one who built this family tradition.

My uncle and aunt, Randy and Mary (Froehlich) Walvoord planned on coming to Austin that year for Thanksgiving, but were unable to attend.  This Mary was sick and dying of cancer and just couldn’t make the trip even though she wanted to.

My cousins Lynn and Cindy who seem to always think of others before themselves, after losing their own mother several months earlier, packed up leftover turkey, dressing and all the fixings and flew from Austin to Florida so Randy and Mary wouldn’t miss out on Thanksgiving.

I think Aunt Mary would be proud of that.

 

What are your memories of Thanksgiving?

Share your family’s memories and traditions of Thanksgiving in comments below.

 

WalvoordHistory.com is now on Facebook

facebookThe Walvoord/Walvoort Family History Website is now on Facebook!  A new plugin called “Add Link to Facebook” has been added to the website.  Now whenever I post new Webpage or Walv-Blog Post, it will also post on our Facebook Page.

To get news or posts to show up on your Facebook wall.

New posts are few and far between, but when I do post new stuff, you will be able to see it on your Facebook wall.

Tell your friends and family who are interested in Walvoord/Walvoort Family History!

 

 

Testing of a photo gallery plugin called Portfolio Slideshow


 

The slideshow below is using the plugin “Portfolio Slideshow”

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Henry Walvoord and his sisters, (left to right) Delia Lawson, Jane Hoopman and Mary Sweemer c. 1897. This photo was taken on the occasion of their mother Anna Maria Engle (Nolten) Walvoords death.

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Frederic Walvoord and John Garret Walvoord c. 1876

Changing the Look of Walvoord History.com with WordPress Themes

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The “Parchment” Theme was used for Walvoord History.com from 2009-2011.

Hello everybody.  You will hopefully be seeing some good changes on the website.  Most notably, the theme has changed from “Adventure Journal” to “Frontier.”   Before “Adventure Journal” I used the “Parchment” theme.  I loved that theme, but the developer no longer supported any updates.  “Adventure Journal” was the new choice for a couple of years.  I still love how it displays photos on the pages and posts.  Now a change has been necessary because of all the devices out there that are used, from different browsers to, tablets to smart phones.  Getting a website to look good on all of these devices requires a theme that is “responsive.”  “Frontier” is one responsive theme that seems to fit the bill.

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The “Adventure Journal” Theme was used on Walvoord History.com from 2011-2014

The number one goal for this site (other than finding time to work on it) is to find the right slideshow plugin to handle the wealth of photos I have to share.  I was using a plugin called “Showtime” for a while and although it didn’t do exactly like I wanted, it served okay for a while.  But it was a “Flash” plugin and wouldn’t work on many browsers including iOS (ipads, iphones, etc.).   Flash is becoming obsolete for this reason.

Frontier Theme

The “Frontier” Theme is the new look for Walvoord History.com starting in 2014. It is a “Responsive” Theme that will adjust its look based upon what device a person is using.

So I’m now testing NextGen Gallery and quite honestly it is a pain.  It may just be a learning curve on my part, but I need something easy that will give time to add new content to the site instead of sapping all my strength on “figuring it out.”   NextGen uses “jQuery” instead of “Flash,” so that is the type of plugin I am looking for.

If any of you techies out there are familiar with WordPress themes and plugins and have suggestions on a “Responsive Theme” or a “jQuery gallery plugin” please post here and I will check them out.

I know this new theme will take some getting used to both for me and you.  Check back often, because as I learn the ins and outs of this new theme and plugins I will keep tweaking and moving things around in the hopes that the site will be easier to use and full of new content.

Scott

WalvoordHistory.com is now formatted for Mobile devices

As of today, WalvoordHistory.com is now formatted for Mobile devices using WPtouch. WalvoordHistory.com now supports 100’s of phones on all major platforms (iOS, Android, Blackberry & WindowsPhone).

 

Enjoy!

Photo of the Week, August 20, 2012

This is William O. and Janna (Te Kolste) Walvoord’s home in Holland Nebraska around the turn of the 20th Century.  The pathway from the picket fence gate leads to the boardwalk of the Walvoord Store seen in the lower left of the photo.  The house still stands today.

This photo is courtesy of Ann Walvoord Graff.

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William O. Walvoord’s house in Holland, Nebraska near the turn of the 20th Century. This house still stands today. In the lower left hand corner of the photo you can see the boardwalk of the Walvoord General Store.

Photo of the Week, August 13, 2012

This week’s photo is also of the Walvoord General Store in Holland, Nebraska in the early 1900s.  At this date, William O. Walvoord’s son, John Christian Walvoord (1879-1964), had taken over the store, hence the name J. C. Walvoord’s Store.  This is the east entrance to the original store.  Last week’s photo showed the south entrance which was previously a competing store.  Next door to the store’s left, is the Dutch Reformed Church in Holland, Nebraska.  The picket fence to the right surrounded the home of Willam O. Walvoord.

Thanks again to Ann Walvoord Graff for providing this wonderful photo!

J.C. Walvoord's General Store, Holland Nebraska c. 1910.

J.C. Walvoord’s General Store, Holland Nebraska c. 1910. This is the east entrance to the original store. Last week’s photo showed the south entrance which was previously a competing store. Next door to the store’s left, is the Dutch Reformed Church in Holland, Nebraska. The picket fence to the right surrounded the home of William O. Walvoord.

Photo of the Week, August 6, 2012

This week’s photo is of the Walvoord General Store in Holland, Nebraska in the early 1900s.  At this date, William O. Walvoord’s son, John Christian Walvoord (1879-1964), had taken over the store, hence the name J. C. Walvoord’s Store.  This is the south entrance to the store.  The first entrance was from the east and this particular building was to a competing store started in the early 1880s by Mr. Hoak.  Mr. Hoak sold this store to Henry van Diest and Gerrit John TeSelle.  Van Diest sold his interest in the store in 1883 to John Lubbers.  In 1892 this store was sold to William O. Walvoord and he combined the stores.  In the early 1900s William  turned the enterprise over to his eldest son, John who was joined by Garret Lubbers.

Thanks to Ann Walvoord Graff for providing this wonderful photo!

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South entrance to J. C. Walvoord’s General Store c.1910. His father, William O. Walvoord’s house can be seen in the far right of the photo (through the picket fence gate). It was next door to the East entrance.

 

Trip to the Netherlands Spring 2010

Our immigrant ancestors had to be able to adapt to changes in their lives when they came to the US.  The same is true today.  A friend, Beverly Cambre, and I had a trip planned to the Netherlands, Venice, and a Tuscany tour in the spring of 2010.  Just a few days before we were scheduled to leave the United States, ash from a volcano in Iceland shut down the airports in Europe as well as in the US.  So, we regrouped and were able to leave a week later.  We had to change the order of our trip.  First we went to Venice, then did the Tuscany tour and ended up in Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon.  We spent the next few days doing the sights in Amsterdam.

Bicycle Parking Lot at Downtown Amsterdam Train Station

Bicycle Parking Lot at Downtown Amsterdam Train Station

Thursday, we walked to the train station, and bought tickets to Lelystad.    The parking  garage connected to the train station was not for cars but for bicycles. The folks at the hotel said we could take an express train to Lelystad – about 45 minutes to the north.  Not so.  We had to change trains along the way but that was not a big deal. That day was a National Holiday. The express trains did not run on holidays.  The person selling the tickets did not know what the holiday was; just that it was a national holiday.  Our fellow passengers did not know either.

Our train route from Lelystad to Aalten

Our train route from Lelystad to Aalten

My cousin’s husband, Freek Warger, met us at the train station in Lelystad and took us to their home.  Ina teKolstee Warger and I had been corresponding since the mid 1990’s.  My great-grandmother and Ina’s great-grandfather were brother and sister.  My great-grandmother was Janna Hendrika teKolstee who married William O. Walvoord in 1874 in Holland, Nebraska.  We had morning coffee, learned that the National Holiday was Ascension Day, visited, and had lunch.

William O. Walvoord c. 1894

William O. Walvoord, Holland, Nebraska c. 1894

Janna "Jane" Hendrika (teKolstee) Walvoord, Holland, Nebraska c. 1894

Janna “Jane” Hendrika (teKolstee) Walvoord, Holland, Nebraska c. 1894

A trip of a lifetime began  after lunch.  We saw families riding bicycles and spending time in the parks.  Ina said this was the custom on Ascension Day.  It was especially nice to have Ina and Freek describe the countryside and places of interest along the way.   Our  trip across Netherlands was delightful.   Our first stop was at a park with an eating establishment.

We sat around the original fireplace drinking hot tea or hot chocolate.   It was awesome.   Ina could remember the house before it was the eating establishment.  Henk B. Walvoort and his wife Aafke, and his 1st cousin with the same name Henk J. Walvoort were there also.  Henk and Aafke live on the farm next to Ina’s sister, Dini.  The following Spring of 2011, both Henk Walvoorts visited the U.S.   It was time to move on so we said our goodbyes to the Walvoorts and continued driving on closer to the German border.

Janna Hendrika teKolstee house

This was the house, in Aalten, Gelderland, where Janna Hendrika teKolstee was born in 1851. The date on the side of the building said 1885. It was originally a house long before that and had had major renovations in 1885 and had more renovations later as it became an eating establishment.

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The playground in the front of the house. The children were running around, riding their bicycles and just having fun on their holiday from school.

We stopped first in Brevevoort where some of the teKolstee ancestors were born and walked around.  Our next stop was at the home of Dini and Henk Meerdink-teKolstee, Ina’s sister and her husband.  They farm land that has been in his family since the 1600’s.  WOW.  It was a wonderful visit with new found relatives, hot drinks and homemade goodies.

On the way back to Lelystad we stopped to eat at a restaurant that Ina and Freek recommended.   It was great.  It was getting dark and most of the bicyclists had gone home.  Our first day with Ina and Freek was memorable.

We would have 2 more days with them.  It was oh so nice to have our own guides for this part of our trip.  I’ll write about the other days for a later blog.

Below are some pictures of me with my Walvoort and teKolstee cousins.

Ann Walvoord Graff, July 2012

Ann Graff and Henk J. Walvoort

Ann Graff and Henk J. Walvoort sitting around the fireplace in the teKolstee home of long ago.

Ina teKolstee-Warger and Henk B. Walvoort

Ina teKolstee-Warger and Henk B. Walvoort

Aafke Walvoort wife of Henk B. Walvoort

Aafke Walvoort wife of Henk B. Walvoort

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Walvoort, Walvoord-Graff and Walvoort

teKolste cousins: Ina, Ann and Dina

Freek and Ina teKolstee Warger, Ann Graff, Dina and Henk teKolstee Meerdink

 

Photo of the Week, July 30, 2012

This week’s photo is of the children of Anthony J. Walvoord (1884-1945) and Ann (Vogt) Walvoord (1887-1972).  Anthony and Ann moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to San Francisco, California in the late 1930s.  Their daughter Kathryn never married but their son, Willard’s descendants still live in California today.

Willard Anthony Walvoord and Kathryn Louise Walvoord c.1917

Willard Anthony Walvoord and Kathryn Louise Walvoord c.1917

Photo of the Week, July 23, 2012

This Mary (Flipse) Walvoord and her third child, John F. Walvoord (1910-2002).  The photo dates from about 1911.  John F. Walvoord would become one of the most well-known Walvoords. He was president of Dallas Theological Seminary and wrote numerous book on the End Times.

Mary (Flipse) Walvoord and son John F. Walvoord c.1911

Mary (Flipse) Walvoord and son John F. Walvoord c.1911

Photo of the week, July 16, 2012

This is picture of my great-aunt Ethel Elise Walvoord (1900-1993) and my grandfather Randall Henry Walvoord (1904-1978).  This was taken in front of their home at 1809 North 5th (now numbered 1811) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  The siding on this house is very distinctive.

Ethel and Randall Walvoord c.1906

Ethel and Randall Walvoord c.1906

Photo of the Week, July 9, 2012

This photo comes to me from Wes Gibbons who is the son-in-law of Harriet Evelyn (Walvoord) Vollbrecht (1913-2006).  Harriet was the daughter of William “Will” Walvoord (1877-1973) and Alyda “Lydia” (Lemmenes) Walvoord (1882-1964).

This is a photo of my great-grandfather John Garrett Walvoord (1872-1932) and his older brother Frederic Walvoord (1869-1925) in about 1876 when they were about aged 4 and 7.  Frederic and John were the older brothers of Will.  All three were the sons of Henry Walvoord (1847-1909) and Henrietta (Eggerichs) Walvoord (1844-1929).

Frederic Walvoord and John Garrett Walvoord c. 1876

Frederic Walvoord and John Garrett Walvoord c. 1876

Photo of the Week, July 2, 2012

For this week’s photo I wanted something of a Fourth of July theme and this picture fits the bill.  I’ve was told recently that the Walvoord Family in Nebraska gathered every year for a big reunion every Independence Day.  I have also been told that their Walvoord counterparts in Wisconsin did the same.

This wonderful picture is of the Walvoords in Wisconsin.  These are children of Henry and Henrietta Walvoord.  The person sitting in the middle with the white hat is my great-grandfather John Garrett Walvoord .  The little boy on the back corner in the hat holding the American Flag is my grandfather Randall Henry Walvoord.

I date this photo around 1912.

Walvoord Wagon Fourth of July

Walvoord Wagon Fourth of July c. 1912

NEW Biography of “Nebraska Henry”

With special thanks to Cindy Lou (Walvoord) Lett, I have been able to post a new biography of Henry Walvoord (1851-1948) of the Nebraska branch.  There are so many Hendriks, and Henrys in our tree, I lightheartedly refer to this one as “Nebraska Henry.”   Henry is the younger brother of William O. Walvoord.  Nearly all of the information on this family comes from Cindy and all of the photos I have.  Thank you Cindy!

“Chances and Choices” Hendrik Walvoort Bio Updated

UpdateSome research that I compiled from Genlias (which is a joint product of the Regional History Centers and Archives in the Netherlands and overseas) has provided new insight to the history of Hendrik Walvoort (1802-1865). 

Once upon a time, I thought that he had only one son, Gerrit Jan Walvoord (1826-1856), but he also had a second son, Derk Antoni Walvoort (1827-1828), from his first marriage that died six months later.  He also had a third son from his second marriage Tonie Walvoort (1831-1833) that died at the age of two.  He also had a daughter from his third marriage, Theodora Maria Walvoord (c.1835-1840) that died at the age of five.

As I was adding more and more information from Genlais, it became evident how many young children died in that time-period in the Netherlands.  Many mothers also died in child birth.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to endure such tragedy after tragedy.  It gives me a new found respect for my ancestor, Hendrik.  Even more so, when he pulled up all roots to emigrate to America for a chance at a new life.  But even here in this New World of promise, tragedy still followed Hendrik when his only surviving adult son, fell off the pier in Amsterdam, Wisconsin at the age of 30 and drowned.

Take a moment to re-read the newly updated biography of Hendrik Walvoort (1802-1865) and reflect on what chances and choices have affected you from your ancestor.

Photo of the Week, June 25, 2012

This week photo was sent to me from Karen (ten Pas) Tews, daughter of Dorothy Angeline Walvoord (1919-1981) and granddaughter of Elmer Benjamin Walvoord (1894-1957) and Esther (Prinsen) Walvoord (1895-1971).

Elmer Benjamin Walvoord and Esther (Prinsen) c. 1916

Elmer Benjamin Walvoord and Esther (Prinsen) at Holland Township, Sheboygan, Wisconsin c. 1916

Photo of the Week, June 18, 2012

This week’s “Photo of the Week” is one of only two photos I have of one of the “Five Founders” as I describe them on the Homepage.  This is the Hendrik Jan Walvoord (1828-1921) Family that immigrated to Wisconsin in 1866.  The only other photo I have of a founder is of Gerrit Jan and Berendina (Prinsen) Walvoord that immigrated to Nebraska in 1870.

This week’s is lower quality than I would like because it is a photocopy of an original.  I don’t have a better copy of this photo.  If anyone is in possession of a better copy, please send me a copy.

The descendants of this family living in America, kept the “Walvoort” spelling with a “t” at the end.

Hendrik Jan Walvoort Family c.1897

Hendrik Jan Walvoort Family c.1897 (Top: L to R) Jan Derk “John” Walvoort, Gerrit Hendrik Walvoort. (Bottom: L to R) Gesina (Dulmes) Walvoort, Henry Walvoort, Bertus “Ben” Walvoort, Hendrika “Hattie” Walvoort, and Delia “Del” Walvoort

 

 

 

 

Photo of the Week, June 11, 2012

This week’s photo shows the inside of the Walvoord & Co. General Store in Holland Nebraska.  This photo is also from Ann (Walvoord) Graff.  William O. Walvoord (1842-1916) is behind the counter at the right.

Walvoord & Co. General Store in Holland, Nebraska c.1899

Walvoord & Co. General Store in Holland, Nebraska c.1899. William O. Walvoord is to the right.

Photo of the Week, June 4, 2012

This week’s photo was sent to me by Ann (Walvoord) Graff.  She is a great-granddaughter of William O. Walvoord (1842-1916) from the Nebraska branch of the Walvoords.  This is a photo of the store that William O. Walvoord built in Holland, Nebraska.

This photo dates from about 1895.  The section of the building to the right was built first.  The section with the porch and awning was added to the south-side later.  And in a later photo this section was lengthened.

Walvoord & Co. General Store, Holland, Nebraska c. 1895

Walvoord & Co. General Store, Holland, Nebraska c. 1895. From left to right, Mr. Sapp (the school teacher in wooden shoes), Herman Schnieder (clerk), Tom Liesveld (partner to William O. Walvoord), J.C. Walvoord (son of William), and two unidentified children.

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