Kurnie Reents was the oldest child of Joost and Yevkea Frerichs Reents. Kurnie was born June 15, 1884, 7 months after her parents sailed from Bremen, Germany to America. Kurnie grew up in West Point, Butler Iowa. She had 5 brothers and sisters. Kurnie’s mom and 3 of her siblings had died by 1891, probably part of the flu pandemic. Kurnie was 15 when her mom died, she would have stepped up and helped with housework and cared for her younger brother and sister. Kurnie’s grandma, Kuna would have helped out too.
Within a year or 2 Kurnie’s family moved to Kossuth, Iowa where Kurnie’s dad Joost remarried, then in 1910 the family was in Kilborn, South Dakota, they farmed. Kurnie married Christian Dockter on September 19 1906, they had a family and farmed in Millbank, South Dakota. Kurnie lived to age 95, her newspaper obituary is at Find Grave with a photo. Her siblings Jennie and Casjen stayed in South Dakota too, they married, had kids and farmed.
When Kurnie and her family moved away Kuna Frerichs would have given her granddaughter Kurnie a photo to take with her, to remember her Frerichs grandparents. The photo of Kuna and Casjen Frerichs is shared on Ancestry showing Kuna and Casjen, in Parkersburg. Written on the back probably in Kurnie’s handwriting “Grandfather and Grandmother Casjen Frerichs”.
Iowa county births 1880-1935 database at FamilySearch
Martin Roose was named after his grandpa Martin Wisbar and born on July 14 1891, the 2nd of 7 children of Johann and Lena Wisbar Roose. Martin’s older brother was George Roose, dad of Stanley Roose, Stanley and Martin shared a birthday. George, Martin and siblings grew up on their family farm, with their St Bernard dog Watch, in Jackson Township, Butler County, Iowa.
On June 12, 1917 Martin married Lillian Sinram. They had a daughter, Leona, in 1918 and a son, Harlan, in 1919, both children died young. Two daughters were born in 1923 and 1931. Their dad bought them a pony in 1936, “Dorothy and Margery Roose are the proud owners of a pony purchased Saturday by their father, Martin Roose for their pleasure and enjoyment.”
The 1930 census shows Martin, sister Minnie Roose Hahn, sister Mattie Roose Harms and brother George, all neighbors in Jackson township ‘1 mile north of primary 10’. Martin is No. 51, Minnie 52, George 54 and Mattie 55.
In 1939 youngest brother Joe Roose held a cornhusking contest on his farm. Martin, Joe and George Roose all competed in the contest, a man from Parkersburg won, “husked a net load of 1020 pounds of corn during the 80 minutes”.
Martin died in Clarksville November 16, 1950 age 59. He had heart trouble for a few years, cause of death was a heart attack. Both Martin and Lillian Sinram Roose are buried at Lynwood Cemetery in Clarksville, Iowa.
1929 Hart Parr tractor
1929 Hart Carr tractor in full color
In 1989 Martin was in the Clarksville newspaper when his 1929 Hart Parr tractor was featured at the Cedar Falls Threshers Reunion. HIs daughter Dorothy and her husband kept the tractor then sold it, the new owner completely restored it. Black and white photo is from the 1989 Clarksville Star newspaper, a copy, the color photo is from a website, not Martin’s actual tractor but a similar model.
Entje Frerichs 3rd great aunt on RootsMagic tree. Entje was born March 26, 1871 in Aurich Lower Saxony Germany also called East Frisia, Ostfriesland, Germany. She was the 4th of 5 children of Casjen and Kunna. Entje was 12 when she and her family sailed on the ship America, to America. They landed in Baltimore on October 10, 1883 and went straight to Iowa. In 1890 in Parkersburg, Iowa, Entje and her sister Hilka were confirmed at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Butler Center, Iowa. On March 12,1891 Entje married John Henrichs, His family was also from Germany, and Entje’s brother Enno married John’s sister Antje. Entje and John farmed in Jefferson Township near Butler Center and Ebenezer Lutheran Church, both the church and town are no longer around. Entje and John had 5 children. A daughter was named Kunna after Entje’s mom. All were baptized in the Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Kunna’s baptism record and Entje’s confirmation record are mix of written German and English words.
The Ebenezer Lutheran Church congregation talked through the years about which language to use in church services. In 1921 they voted for German language services, by 1930 services were alternate Sundays one in German, one in English. A pastor resigned: he’d been a pastor for 40 years, he spoke both High and Low German, but didn’t speak much English. By 1940 the church held one German service and two English services. Entje died at age 65 and is buried at Butler Center Cemetery with her husband. They have a large Hinrichs [Henrichs] stone and a smaller Mother and Father stone. Entje’s 1936 obituary in the Clarksville (Iowa) Star newspaper included her husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters and 14 grandkids.
U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969. Congregational Records Iowa Parkersburg Bethel page 10 image 16 of 173. Ancestry . com
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Iowa Parkersburg Bethel page 60 image 35 of 298. Ancestry . com
Harm was born on July 1, 1877 in Aurich, Lower Saxony, Germany. With his 8 brothers and sisters, mom Maria and dad Henrich he sailed to America and arrived in Baltimore on March 18, 1885. The US 1900 census shows the Henrichs family in Ripley Township, Butler County Iowa. Harm and his siblings Fred, Tena and Mattie are living with Henrich and Maria, the older children have started families of their own in Butler County.
The 1930 census of Jefferson Township in Butler County shows Harm, his wife Jennie and their 2 kids living on their own farm. Harms’s sisters are neighbors: William and Tena Henrichs Jacobs, Enno and Annie Henrichs Frerichs, John and Marie Henrichs Stoppelmoor, Harry and Flora Henrichs Endleman. Harm’s bothers John and Fred lived close by in Ripley and West Point townships. They all lived on farms. They built houses, barns, shelters for their livestock, chicken houses; cleared and laid out crop fields.
They also built a church: Ebenezer Lutheran Church, no longer around. The photo is from the book Mission in a Mile by Henry Freese, 2002. Harm is 4th from left. Left to right: Ben Jasper, Harry Endelmann- brother in law, Frank Reints, Harm Henrichs, Rigt Ooster, Enno Frerichs -brother in law and grandpa of Stanley Roose, dad of Mary Frerichs Roose. Stopping work to snap a photo probably took a lot of convincing on the photographer’s part. The photo doesn’t have a date, it’s probably around 1905
The 1940 census shows Harm was still farming, age 62, with Jennie. Their daughter Anna is 2 farms away, married to Addo Janssen with one son Robert. Their son Henry is in Jefferson Township, married to Delma DeBower.
Mission in a Mile by Henry Freese, 2002, page 152. A Building Project with text: Ben Jasper, Harry Endelmann, Frank Reints, Harm Henrichs, Rigt Ooster, Enno Frerichs. Author’s permission to post photo. More on this book.
US Census 1900, 1930, 1940 at Ancestry and FamilySearch
Maryland Baltimore passenger lists index 1820-1897 at FamilySearch
Yevkea Frerichs was born on February 26, 1862 in Germany. She was the oldest child of Casjen and Kuna Janssen Frerichs and was already married when she emigrated in 1883. She and her husband Joost Reents were on the same ship as Yevkea’s family- the America which sailed from Germany, checked in at a New York harbor then docked in Baltimore, Maryland on October 10, 1883. Both Joost and Yevkea have ‘brewer’ as their occupation on immigration cards. Fairly quickly the whole group was in Butler County, Iowa. How they made this 1000 mile journey isn’t known.
Yevkea’s name on records is: Kate, Carrie, Jerkea, Terker. Her name was almost certainly Yevkea or Yeikea.
Yevkea had her first child on June 15 1884, Kurnie Reents, born in Butler County, Iowa. Yevkea and Joost had 6 children, Kurnie, another duaghter Jennie and a son Casjen survived to adulthood. Yevkea and her infant daughter died in the winter of 1891. Joost married again, Henrieko Winterboer from Germany, they had children and settled in South Dakota. The family farmed. Yevkea and Joost’s son Casjen also farmed in South Dakota then lived and is buried in Bend, Oregon. Daughters Kurnie Dockter stayed in South Dakota, had a family and lived to age 95, Jennie Giebink stayed in South Dakota, married and her family also farmed.
Charles was born August 30, 1880 and was the 6th, of 8, children of Martin and Mary Walters Wisbar. Born in Cook County Illinois “his parents moved with their family to a farm northeast of Parkersburg when he was but eight weeks old.” Charles grew up and stayed in the Parkersburg area and married Trena Vanderlan on April 3, 1902. Johann Roose, brother in law, married to Charles’s sister Lena was a witness to the marriage.
Charles and Trena marriage 1902
Resolution of Respect
Charles was a farmer, cement worker and construction worker he fixed up houses in the area. Then he worked at and managed a creamery and attended conferences of the Iowa State Dairy Association. Charles died suddenly at age 28 on May 26, 1909. His obituary was in the Parkersburg Eclipse newspaper on June 3, 1909. There’s also a thank you note from Charles’s widow, “Especially to the Woodmen and the teachers and pupils of the school for the beautiful flowers”. In the same paper the Woodmen (now Modern Woodmen of America) wrote up a Resolution of Respect for Charles and for his family.
A group of neighbors and friends gathered at the farm of Mr and Mrs William Kline on Friday afternoon and baled 1300 bales of hay. Town extra balers, wagons and tractors were provided to do the work. Those helping were Walt Wilkie, John Schwennen, Duane Miller, David Rotting, Myron Beguelin, Leonard Wiegman and son Gordon Cassman, Stan Roose, Galen Miller, Oscar Chaman and grandson, Dennis McWilliams, Gary McWilliams and Frances Beguelin. The neighbor ladies furnished lunch.
Faber Miller: Good Samaritan to Half Frozen Pheasant in Iowa Recorder 1942 Jan 7 page 1 column 5.
A half frozen hen pheasant picked up this morning by Faber Miller Greene rural mail carrier on his route was brought to the local post office this morning. The bird apparently recovered from the warmth of the postoffice, was given food and released again. Local sportsmen are asking all who can to leave a little grain or crumbs where they can be picked up by the hungry pheasants. The heavy snow prevents the birds from securing food as well as having normal shelter.