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 Bertha <I>Dengerink</I> Boxum

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Bertha Dengerink Boxum

  • Birth 28 May 1883 Smith County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 19 Feb 1959 Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Dispatch, Smith County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 20992402

In March 1885 Bertha Dengerink (1), her father John Dengerink (32, farmer), mother Ida (21), and sisters Johanna (7) and Diena (4) were living in Lincoln Township, postoffice Downs, [Smith County], located in the northern part of Kansas.

In June 1900 Bertha Dengerink (17 years old, born in May 1883 in Kansas), her father H* Jan Dengerink (49, September 1851, Holland, immigrated in 1871, farmer), mother Willemke (37, April 1863, Holland, immigrated in 1871, mother of 2 deceased and 8 living children), siblings Berendiena (19, January 1881, Kansas), Jan (15, October 1885, Kansas), Albert (10, February 1890, Kansas), William (8, July 1872, Kansas), Hendrick J (6, October 1894, Kansas) and Bernard (3, April 1897, Kansas) were living on their own farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, Kansas.

In March 1905 the 21 years old Bertha Dengerink was still living with her parents and seven siblings in Lincoln Township, postoffice Downs, Smith County, Kansas.

In April 1910 Bertha (26, Kansas, mother of 2 living children), her husband Harry Boxum (27, Holland, farmer), 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 Berta (31), her husband Harry Boxum (32), and their daughters Martha (8), Willma (5) and Alice (2) were living on their own farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, Kansas.

In December 1918 and March 1921 they were living in Downs, Smith County, Kansas.

In 1925 Butchie (41), her husband Hary Boxum (42, farming), 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 Bertha (46), her husband Harry Boxum (47, farmer), and 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 Bertha (56), her husband Harry Boxum (57, farmer), 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.

Her husband 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. 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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  • Maintained by: Peter Hakze
  • Originally Created by: Luke Broersma
  • Added: 17 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20992402
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bertha Dengerink Boxum (28 May 1883–19 Feb 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20992402, citing Dispatch Cemetery, Dispatch, Smith County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Peter Hakze (contributor 47703868) .