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A Missionary Journey Over Nine Decades
By Walter deVelder
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This fascinating memoir was provided by Joann Hill. Enjoy!

Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine DecadesPart 1: 1900-1910 Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine DecadesPart 2: 1910-1920  Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine DecadesPart 3: 1920-1930 
Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine DecadesPart 4: 1930-1940  Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine DecadesPart 5: 1940-1950 Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine DecadesPart 6: 1950-1960 
Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine DecadesPart 7: 1960-1970  Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine DecadesPart 8: 1970-1980 
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  Walter Develder Memoirs  Nine Decades
I Remember "Wally"


Part 1: 1900-1910

I was born on May 17, 1907 on a farm two and a half miles west and South of the Village of Boyden, Iowa. My father was Franklin Dirk (Dick) deVelder. My grandfather Jan Willem deVelder came to the U.S. in 1847 with great grandfather Jon deVelder, when he was two years old they settled in Pella, Iowa. They came from Rotterdam with the Scholte group of immigrants via New Orleans up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, Missouri, and then overland to the Iowa prairie about forty miles from DesMoines. When grandpa was thirty-five in 1880, he took his family of Grandma deVelder and four children to Douglas County in South Dakota, where he was given a 640 acre Homestead a mile West of the Village of Harrison. My dad was eight years of age then.

On our last visit to South Dakota in 1993, a cousin asked me how it was possible that grandpa built such a large house in the late 1800's? We think it was possible because grandpa was very industrious and also he may have still retained some gold bars from the Nederlands. The family in 1847 had been robbed of many possessions in St.Louis, but apparently had some gold left over. I remember the house very well with the attic and turret where we kids loved to play. In 1993 we saw a very fine colored picture 6'x4' in a cousin's home of the old homestead taken from the air. The place now is in the hands of a great grandson.

Grandpa was a wonderful man. I remember him giving me a new shiny dime, when I sang a Dutch Psalm at age five. He wore flannel (red) underwear in winter, and at night a white nightgown and a red "slaap-mutts" (nightcap), which made him look like Santa Claus. He was an ardent Democrat in a sea of Republicans. He loved horses and we grandchildren were thrilled to go with him on rides in his beautiful carriage.

My mother was a VerHoef. She was born in Pella in 1970, but at the age of six months she was taken to Sioux County, Iowa. Her mother, Trientje Klein, came from Utrecht in the Nederlands. I never knew grandpa VerHoef, but grandma lived to be 86 in the town of Boydan. She was very small and she was known to be "Little Grandma". She lived with Aunt Jen who was 14 years younger than my mother. Aunt Jen married Uncle Ed, who was an "import" into Boyden from Cadilac, Michigan. He was considered a "foreigner". He fell in love with Aunt Jen. Grandma VerHoef did not like that very much, but Uncle Ed said to her, "I love your daughter and wish to marry her, and I promise to take care of you the rest of your life". This he did for forty years. I shall never forget "Little Grandma" and the town of Boyden mourned a dear lady when the church bell tolled 86 times in the year 1923.

In 1907 I had three older siblings. Tena (Trientje) born in 1897, Delia (Dirkje) in 1900, and John (Jan) in 1902. I was (Wouter) Walter, and so I end the first decade with a bit of family history.

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