|Birth: ||Oct. 17, 1842, Netherlands|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1925|
BUILT FIRST HOMESTEAD IN WEST BRANCH
Last rites for H.W. Beernink, pioneer resident of Sioux Center who died at his home June 8th after a few days illness, were held Thursday June 11th, at the Central Ref. church, where Rev. Haverkamp was in charge of the services.
Born Oct. 17th, 1842 in the Netherlands, Mr. Beernink lived in that country until a month after his marriage to Miss Wilhelmina Heideman. These days after their marriage, the couple arrived at Alto, Wisconsin where they lived almost four years. In the springs of '72 they came to Iowa and were one of the first to take a homestead on this side of the Branch river.
During their first years on these praries they experienced many hardships. They were without fuel except trees which had to be brought from the Rock river by oxen, a distance of 15 miles. They were without potatoes of coffee for two years. For several years they lived in a sod hut but in the middle of winter it was destroyed by fired and they had to move in with neighbors until they could build a little shanty. Later on an addition was build by Mr. Beernink, who had only the rudest tools for the work. The plastering was done with a butcher knife. In the little homestead their u8 children were born. One, Gerrit, died at the age of four years. The seven children are Simon, who lives on the old homestead, John, Mrs. Ella De Mots, Henry, all of Sioux Center, Reuben of Holland, Mich., Mrs. Hattie Ellerbrock of Sheldon, Mrs. Johanna Siemen, Sioux Center.
When things were beginning to look a little brighter the grasshoppers came and destroyed all living grain and vegetation. But they were persistent and and stuck by the little homestead during the dark years, which were followed by more prosperous times. They remained on the homestead until the year 1899 when they moved to the home in Sioux Center. He he continued his activities, helping in many enterprises for the betterment of the community. He was one of those who helped to organize the first creamery and one of the first banks. A year after moving to town he took a trip to the Netherlands and has since traveled through nearly every state in the Union. New countries and large cities always appealed to him. He attended several World Fairs, made a number of trips west and south to Mexico and Florida, where he spent several winters. The last few years he has gone to Denver for his vacations. He was a man of original mind and had much to tell of interest regarding his travel experiences.
Besides his aged widow and seven children, Mr. Beernink is survived by 21 grandchildren and ?? great-grandchildren. All his children were at his bedside during his last days except Reuben and family who arrived Wednesday from Holland, Mich.
Hermiena Berendiena Heideman Beernink (1842 - 1932)
Simon Beernink (1868 - 1956)*
Johan Beernink (1871 - 1940)*
Ella Beernink De Mots (1873 - 1948)*
Hendrik Jan Beernink (1875 - 1963)*
Reuben Beernink (1877 - 1951)*
Hattie Beernink Ellerbroek (1879 - 1959)*
Gerrit Beernink (1881 - 1886)*
Johanna Beernink Siemen (1885 - 1968)*
Memory Gardens Sioux Center Cemetery
Created by: Brad Foster
Record added: Feb 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65629852