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Maximilian Christopher “Max” Van Deventer

  • Birth 14 Jun 1876 Earlville, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 12 Mar 1948 Temple, Bell County, Texas, USA
  • Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Section L Grave 100
  • Memorial ID 19715868

He was the second child of William Van Deventer and Sarah Elizabeth Stainbrook. A sister, Cora Frances (Arthur Erbe Jr.) was born in 1866. His Van Deventer lineage goes back to Jan(John)Pietersz Van Deventer who was born 24 April 1627 in Deventer, Province of Overyssel, Holland, and the founder of the family in America. His father served in the Civil War and his great grandfather John Durham Van Deventer in the War of 1812, while his gg grandfathers Peter VdV and Jacob Boyers were in the Revolutionary War.

His mother's Stainbrook and Kightlinger German ancesters were in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s.

Max served briefly in the Spanish American War. He was an avid cyclist competing in seven day bike races in the Chicago area. He married Jessie Blanche Brouillet on 1 March 1899. A daughter, Gladys Jessie was born to that union on 19 February 1900. Max received a diploma from Hering Medical College in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois in 1907. Divorced from Jessie in 1906. Married a fellow doctor, Bessie Miller Andrus in 1908. They were divorced in 1914. Married Winnie E. Conner in 1914. Married for the fourth time in 1934 to Arline Baker with whom he had two children: Christopher William and Elizabeth Arline. He practiced medicine in Indiana, Iowa, and Texas. Max died at the VA Hospital in Temple, Bell County, Texas of hypertensive cardiovascular disease from which he suffered for the past 10-15 years. Contibutory causes were arterial occlusion and gangrene of feet, bilateral for three months prior to his death.

On his application for an Indiana Medical license in 1908 he is described as being of stout build, fair complexion, light brown hair, 6 ft. tall, 200 lbs. with a scar in right eye brow. He also was reputed to have a wonderful singing voice as well as being a good dancer.


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  • Created by: Audrey Brennan Florentine
  • Added: 4 Jun 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19715868
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maximilian Christopher “Max” Van Deventer (14 Jun 1876–12 Mar 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19715868, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Audrey Brennan Florentine (contributor 46838883) .