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Harry Boxum
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Birth: May 7, 1882
Baarlo
Steenwijkerland Municipality
Overijssel, Netherlands
Death: Oct. 21, 1958
Dispatch
Smith County
Kansas, USA

He was born Arrie Boxum in May 1882 on the Kuindersdijk (= Kuinder's Dyke) in the neighborhoodship of Baarlo in the former -until 1942- municipality of Ambt Vollenhove, located in the northwestern part of the Dutch eastern province Overijssel.

He had in the municipality of Ambt Vollenhove the following ten siblings:
* Hendrikje, born on February 2, 1867;
* Marrigje, March 14, 1868;
* Harm, March 30, 1869;
* Jacobje [Jacoba], March 16, 1870;
* Evert, March 15, 1872;
* Jan, October 22, 1873;
* Hendrik, January 7, 1876;
* Grietje [Grace], December 10, 1877;
* Albert Boxum, January 1, 1880;
* Annigje [Anna], March 15, 1884.

On October 10, 1895 Arie arrived with his parents and six siblings on the ship The Majestic from Liverpool at the port of New York, Ellis Island. Their destination was Cawker City, Mitchell County, located in the northern part of Kansas.

In June 1900 Harry Boxum (18 years old, born in May 1882 in Holland, immigrated in 1895, farm laborer), his father Albert Boxum (56, September 1843, Holland, immigrated in 1895, farmer), his mother Mary (58, March 1842, Holland, immigrated in 1895, mother of 3 deceased and 8 living children), siblings Harm (31, March 1869, Holland, immigrated in 1892, farm laborer), Grace (22, December 1877, Holland, immigrated in 1895), Albert (20, January 1880, Holland, immigrated in 1895, farm laborer) and Anna (16, March 1884, Holland, immigrated in 1895), and his nephew John Everett (2, July 1897, Holland) were living on their own farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, located north of Cawker City, in the extreme northern part of Kansas.

In March 1905 Herry Boxum (23), his father Albert Boxum (62), mother Mary (63), and siblings Albert (25) and Anna (20) were still living on their own farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, Kansas.

In April 1910 Harry Boxum (27, farmer), his wife Bertha (26, Kansas, mother of 2 living children), and their daughters Martha (3, Kansas) and Wilhelmena (1, Kansas) were living on a rented farm in Erving Township, Jewell County, located in the extreme northern part of Kansas.

In 1915 Harry Boxum (32), his wife Berta (31), and their daughters Martha (8), Willma (5) and Alice (2) were living on their own farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, Kansas.

On December 9, 1918 the 36 years old farmer Harry Boxum was living with his wife Bertha in Downs, Smith County, Kansas, when he administrated on a WW I Draft Registration Card. He was stout and tall, had blue eyes, and light hair.

On March 28, 1921 Harry Boxum, residing at Downs, was naturalized by a District Court in Smith Center, the seat of Smith County, Kansas and became an American citizen.

In 1925 Hary Boxum (42, farming), his wife Butchie (41), and their children Mathie (18), Wilma (16), Alice (12), John (9), Albrt (7), Evert (5), Benie (3) and Rose (9 months) were living on their own farm at Route 3 in Erving [Township, Smith County], Kansas.

In April 1930 Harry Boxum (47, farmer), his wife Bertha (46), their children Martha Boxum (23, Kansas), Alice (17, Kansas), John (14, Kansas), Albert (12, Kansas), Evert (10, Kansas), Ben (8, Kansas) and Rose (5, Kansas) were living on a rented farm in still Erving Township, Jewell County, Kansas.

In April 1940 Harry Boxum (57, farmer), his wife Bertha (56), and their children Everett (20, farm laborer), Ben (18) and Rosie (15) were living on a rented farm in still Erving Township, Jewell County, Kansas. In 1935 they resided at a rural place in Jewell County.

Harry Boxum died in October 1958 at the age of 76 years in or near the unincorporated community of Dispatch, located about 6 miles northeast of Downs, Smith County, in the northern part of Kansas. His widow Bertha died in February 1959 at the age of 75 years in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington. They were both buried in Dispatch.

Dispatch was a town founded on strong Dutch principles, in a place that many considered uninhabitable. The first Dutchmen arrived in 1869, and many began to follow their example,
arriving during the 1870s. At one time, the town was coined “The largest Dutch settlement in Kansas.” At its most successful, the town had two churches, a parsonage, a grocery store, a creamery, a post office, and a hardware store/gas station, where local families could have their cars worked on in later years. The town also had two separate cemeteries, located nearly a mile apart. When the Dutch settlers came to Dispatch, the first thing decided was that there would be a church. The Dutch Reformed Church was founded one mile east of Dispatch in 1871. This is the approximate location of the east cemetery. In 1872, a second group of Dutchmen split from this faction, and began their own church, calling themselves the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). The CRC, dedicated in 1917, is nowadays the only building still standing in Dispatch.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Albert Boxum (1843 - 1908)
  Marrigje ten Napel Boxum (1842 - 1911)
 
 Spouse:
  Bertha Dengerink Boxum (1883 - 1959)
 
 Children:
  Wilma Henrietta Boxum (1909 - 1927)*
  Alice Boxum Keessen (1912 - 2012)*
  Albert Boxum (1917 - 1980)*
  Everett H. Boxum (1919 - 1985)*
  Benjamin Harry Boxum (1922 - 2014)*
  Rose Boxum Sloggett (1924 - 1990)*
 
 Siblings:
  Harm Boxum (1869 - 1944)*
  Jacobje Boxum Van Leeuwen (1870 - 1959)*
  Jan Boxum (1873 - 1895)*
  Hendrik Boxum (1876 - 1894)*
  Albert Boxum (1880 - 1923)*
  Harry Boxum (1882 - 1958)
  Annigje Boxum Voetberg (1884 - 1965)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Dispatch Cemetery
Dispatch
Smith County
Kansas, USA
 
Maintained by: Peter Hakze
Originally Created by: Luke Broersma
Record added: Aug 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20992414
Harry Boxum
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Harry Boxum
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Added by: Luke Broersma
 
 
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Rest in peace...
- Nancy
 Added: Mar. 31, 2009
 
 
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