Vol. I Number 3
Happy Easter to all of you!
And think Spring - a dry Spring!
Reunion News -
It is time to begin making plans to attend the 3rd Ever Niemantsverdriet Reunion in America!
A registration form is included with this newsletter. At the last reunion, we all decided that the fees should be remitted at the time the reservations are made. We are planning some activities for the entire family as well as plenty of "down-time" for simply visiting and meeting with family members. There will be lots of good food, good fun, and good people. Plan now to attend.
This has been an exciting month - I have found more Niemantsverdriets and have enjoyed talking with some of them by phone. I am sure that it must be very surprising to have a perfect stranger (of course I am perfect, even if I am a little bit stranger) call you up and proclaim to be a long lost cousin. It might well cause one to think that they had just won the lottery but hadn't yet received the notification! Recently I spoke with Nelly Joffers of Thunder Bay, Ontario. She immigrated to Canada from Holland, and would you care to guess what her maiden name was? Nelly and Pieter have four daughers -- Kathleen, Aly, Kathleen, and Glenda.
She told me there are other Niemantsverdriets living in London, Ontario, but that they have truncated their names. Indeed, after receiving a letter from Nelly with an address for Tally Nieman, I called and verified that they also are really Niemantsverdriets. Tally and her family moved to Canada in 1951. Henry Niemantsverdriet immigrated in 1953. They met at a church group, and married -- and have five children. Henk changed his name to Nieman when he became a Canadian citizen. Tally has friends in Pella, and also knows the Capelle family. I surely hope they can all join us in Pella in June. Part of Nelly's letter is printed on page 5.
A Dutchman was explaining the red, white, and blue
Netherlands flag to an American. "Our flag is symbolic of
our taxes," he said. "We get red when we talk about
them, white when we get our tax bill, and blue after we pay them."
The American nodded. "I know what you mean.
It's the same in the USA, only we see stars, too!"
The American nodded. "I know what you mean. It's the same in the USA, only we see stars, too!"
Leona Braafhart is recuperating from surgery at the home of her cousins, the Harold Van Zee family. Her temporary address with them is:
Leona has moved from Fort Madison, Iowa, and when sufficiently recovered will move to an apartment at Friendship Center in Pella. Leona spearheaded the idea of these Niemantsverdriet Reunions in America. Thank you, Leona, for a wonderful idea.
Having children is hereditary. If you parents hadn't
had any, neither could you.
Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.
Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.
I received a wonderful letter this month from Raymond Olivier, along with the picture above of Raymond and his wife Johanna, and the pictures on the next page. In addition to sending information on himself, he sent family information on each of his father's family and on his grandparents. (What a wonderful man he is!) Raymond wrote:
Because of health reasons, we will not be able to attend the reunion. We were in Pella about 5 or 6 years ago to attend the Tulip Festival. We have distant relatives living in or near Pella, some by the name Vos, Swank, Boat, Van Wyk, Van Gunderen, Slycord, Vander Syde, Steenhoek, Eysink, Van Perusem, and I suppose many more. I was 79 in October and my wife was 73 so we are no spring chickens any more. "
Raymond, thank you so much for the letter and the pictures which you have so kindly shared with all of us.
Arthur Kleinjan sent a copy of the marriage license for Florus Kleinjan of Orange City, Iowa, and Nellie Niemantsverdriet on February 5, 1891. The Witness was L. ? Niemantsverdriet. (Possibly her father Leendert?)
The approach of June not only brings our Third Ever Niemantsverdriet Reunion in America, but often signals the end of one life segment and the commencement of another. Please let me know if you have someone graduating, starting a new career, getting married, or other celebrations in the coming months so that we might share their achievements with the family.
[ Johannes William Olivier and wife Adriana (Jane) Niemantsverdriet Olivier.]
Adriana Niemantsverdriet was born October 17, 1853 in the Netherlands. Johannes William Olivier was born December 4, 1837 in the Netherlands and came to America in 1866.
(originals owned by Russell and Doris Niemantsverdriet)
[ From left: Nellie Niemantsverdriet Allman, Agnes Niemantsverdriet Vaughan, Bud Niemantsverdriet, Bill Niemantsverdriet, Walter Niemantsverdriet. December 27, 1997.]
Hans was a visiting professor at Purdue University -- a wonderful school and the alma mater of two very talented Niemantsverdriets - in 1982 and a frequent visitor thereafter. Unfortunately, the Lafayette contingent of the family never had the opportunity to meet with Hans while he was there.
In Memory - Henry Nieman of Ontario, Canada, who passed away in March 1997.
Wedding Congratulations to Lois (Furney) and George Verzani married February 14, 1997.
Nelly Niemantsverdriet Joffers writes from Thunder Bay, Ontario:
The room charge is $15 for one night or $27 for both nights - per person, double occupancy, bunk beds.
For twin beds, the charge is $20 for one night, $32 for both nights.
Single rooms are available for $21 for one night or $37 for both nights.
Children may bring their own sleeping bags and stay in the room with their parents for a one-time charge of $6 per child.
Bed linens, one towel and washcloth, and small soap are provided.
Check in will begin at 11:30 a.m. on June 12.
Individual meals may be purchased at normal cost when going through the line if you do not wish to have the meal package.
Banquet only: $12 adults, $6 children
Friday evening - dinner
Saturday morning - breakfast
Saturday noon - lunch
Saturday afternoon -
Saturday evening --
Registration form is on attached page.
If you have any questions, please call