Name: Neclaus (Klaas) DEBOEF
Birthdate is also listed as 1866 and he was also known as "Nicholas" or "Nickolas".
Birth: 19 Apr 1864 in Brakel, Gelderland, Netherlands Quality: 0
Occupation: Merchant, Farmer, Handyman Quality: 0
Death: 20 Sep 1949 in Mahaska County Hospital-Oskaloosa, Mahaska, IA Quality: 0
In 1867 when he was 2-1/2 years old the family came to America. The ship on which they sailed was powered by sails when the wind was favorable, and by steam when the winds were not favorable. It took them six weeks to make the trip to New York. Cholera and Scurvy broke out on the ship. Forty out of a hundred died, mostly children. They were anchored in New York harbor for six more weeks because the harbor captain would not clear their papers to land. The trip from New York to Pella, IA took three weeks, traveling by canal boat, river boat, and wagon. They arrived in Pella in July 1867. Upon arriving in Pella, IA they stayed with relatives by the name of VandenOever. At that season (summer) it was very hot in Pella, and as Holland had a cool climate, many became sick because of the heat. He worked in the coal mines and timber business with his father as soon as he was old enough. For some time he attended school four nights a week, at the cost of fifty cents per week. Neclaus is listed in the 1885 Marion County (IA) census (#58) as Nicholaas DeBoef. His occupation is listed as merchant on his marriage license. Worked at Dena Vander Pol's Lunch Room-Pella, IA. Lived at 806 East Franklin Street-Pella, IA. All of the children were born in Pella, IA. In 1910 they moved to Oskaloosa, IA where Nicholas continued to do truck gardening. He sold tomatoes to Anderson Canning Factory, and raised seed for Cole's Seed Store, Arthur Peasley and Henry Field Seed Company-Shenendoah, IA. Lived at 631 North Market-Oskaloosa, IA (1923). Owned DeBoef Greenhouse at his residence. When his sons were grown he moved his family to a farm where they raised lots of strawberries and rhubarb, had chickens and eggs to sell, made lots of butter from the 17 cows the family helped to milk by hand, anything that would bring cash. He rented farm ground for three dollars per acre. Lived at 301 High Ave East-Oskaloosa, IA (1949).
Some of the information is from the Pella History book article written by Artie DeBoef Vos. Some of the information is from the book "The Romance of Two Pioneer Families Began At The Nine Mile House" by Nicholas J. DeBoef
Marriage date is either the 25th or the 26th.
Father: Hendrick DE BOEF b: 25 Dec 1834 in Brakel, Netherlands
Mother: Areke KUIJNTJES b: 15 Jun 1841 in Brakel, Netherlands
Jennie VANWYNGARDEN b: 9 Nov 1867 in Iowa
26 Sep 1893
in Pella, Marion, IA
- Henry Nicholas DEBOEF birth b: 18 Jun 1894 in Pella, Marion, IA
- Arika Rosina DEBOEF birth b: abt 3 Nov 1895 in Pella, Marion, IA
- Nicholas John DEBOEF birth b: 11 Jan 1897 in Pella, Marion, IA
- Jeannette Caroline DEBOEF birth b: 8 Apr 1898 in Pella, Marion, IA
- Artie Louise DEBOEF birth b: 3 Aug 1902 in Pella, Marion, IA
- Joe DEBOEF birth b: 24 Mar 1906 in Pella, Marion, IA
- Leona DEBOEF birth b: 26 Sep 1908 in Pella, Marion, IA