North Dakota, USA
Peter Verduin, Sr., was born in Michigan in 1869, and later moved with his family to northwest Iowa. As a young man he worked in South Dakota and there married Fannie Vedders in 1889 at New Holland. They moved to Chicago where he worked in the Pullman rail car factory. Here daughters Dena and Allie were born.
In 1894 he was back in South Dakota, farming. It was here he lost an arm in a threshing machine accident, and also son, Peter Jr., was born. Soon they moved to north central Iowa where Bess and Henry were born.
In the fall of 1905 he came to North Dakota, with a group to buy land. He bought the East ½ of Section 25 in Greenland township, Barnes Co., and started to build the house. Having work at home he arranged with a local carpenter to have the house done by March, and went back to Iowa. In the spring they left Iowa with good buildings, trees, both shade and fruit, and came to a treeless plain and a house that hadn't been touch since he left in the fall. Needless to say, it was hard to convince the wife and family this was progress. He also was one of the organizers of the Reformed Church in Litchville. A son John, was born here to complete the family.
When son Pete Jr., married Nell Kluvers in 1918, Pete Sr., turned the farm over to him, and moved to Litchville. There he worked as school janitor and later worked with Charlie Hanson in the scrap iron business. He had operated a threshing rig while farming and continued this after moving to town. He ran the rig for the last time in 1937 or 38. Growing older he quit full time work and did carpentry part time. He died in 1951. His wife Fannie died in 1961. Bess married Ralph Kluvers. Henry married Ralphine Kluvers. These two and Pete Jr., spent their lives on Barnes County farms. Allie married Arie Jongewaard. John married Adrianna Lenssen. These two left the county for employment elsewhere. Dena died when a grown girl.
Mrs. Fannie Verduin Passes Thursday; Rites Held Monday
Funeral services were held on Monday for Mrs. Peter (Fannie) Verduin from the First Reformed Church in Litchville with Rev. G. Heemstra officiating. Burial was made in the Litchville cemetery.
After a brief illness Mrs. Verduin passed away at a Valley City hospital Thursday afternoon. She had enjoyed good health until the last few days, being keen of mind all of her life time. Had she lived one more day she would have reached her 89th birthday.
The deceased was born April 28, 1872, at Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1889 she was married to Peter Verduin in New Holland, S. Dak. They came to Marion, N.D., in 1906 where they farmed until 1918, when they moved to Litchville.
To this union was born seven children, one of whom died in infancy. A daughter Dena died at the age of 21 years and her husband died in 1951.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Verduin were both charter members of the Reformed Church of Litchville, where together they labored zealously for the advancement of God’s Kingdom. She was a kind and helpful neighbor and friend and will be greatly missed.
She leaves to mourn her passing: three sons – Peter of Litchville, Henry of Hastings and John of Ferndale, Washington; two daughters: Mrs. Arie (Allie) Jongeward of Lynden, Wash., and Mrs. Ralph (Elizabeth) Kluvers of Litchville. Also a brother William of Pease, Minn., eight grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Blessed be the memory of this pioneer mother.
Published in the Litchville Bulletin, Litchville, North Dakota, May 31, 1961
Jan Hendrik Vedders (1834 - 1886)
Aaltjie Schoenmaker Vedders (1836 - 1916)
Peter Verduin (1869 - 1951)*
Dena Verduin (1890 - 1911)*
Allie Verduin Jongewaard (1892 - 1973)*
Peter Verduin, Jr. (1894 - 1966)*
Bessie Verduin Kluvers (1896 - 1985)*
Henry J. Verduin (1899 - 1971)*
John P. Verduin (1909 - 1979)*
Dena Vedders Likkel (1871 - 1957)*
Fannie Vedders Verduin (1872 - 1961)
Fred Vedders (1874 - 1930)*
William Vedders (1877 - 1962)*
North Dakota, USA
Created by: RLKosters
Record added: Jan 25, 2012
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