Van Hees Family History

Hendrik Abraham van Hees

Male 1914 - 2001  (86 years)


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  • Name Hendrik Abraham van Hees  [1
    Born 3 Apr 1914  Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Tool and Die maker 
    Residence 1930  Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1931  Grand Haven, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1983  Fort Myers, Lee, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Rt. #4, 30 Dogwood Way 
    Died 18 Feb 2001  Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Acute leukemia, myocardial infection 
    Buried Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Conversation with Henry Van Hees 30 Aug 97

      Born in Apeldoorn Netherlands, his father took the
      family to America in 1915 along with Areka's brother Nicholas. They left
      Rotterdam on a tourist ship headed for New York City. The trip normally
      takes 14 days, but a German u-boat held the ship for 7 days then allowed
      them to leave. They lived in Indiana. Father drove trucks. He was a baker
      in the Netherlands. He bought a bakery in Minnesota and took all the
      equipment to Platte South Dakota and opened a bakery there. One winter
      Nicholas died. He operated the bakery for five years very successfully.
      The ovens were fueled by gas and there was no ventilation installed. So
      everytime the oven was opened, father was exposed to the gas fumes. It took
      its toll. Luckily after five years, they sold the bakery and moved to
      Grand Haven, MI. There they had a celery farm and Henry picked celery.
      Henry also remembers buying cauliflower from the Ver Berkemoes farm located
      on Wallace street (now Beacon Blvd) where the Chevy dealership is. They
      would drive it to a market in Chicago for sale.

      College was out of the question due to money. So Henry had to work. He
      worked at Challenge Porcelain for 30 cents hr, then the Government had a mandatory
      raise to 40 cents. He worked there five years, and every year he received
      a penny an hour raise. Finally he had enough and asked his boss for a bigger
      raise, no luck. He quit and went to work for Story & Clark Piano factory
      downtown Grand Haven making $1.00 an hour. He supervised the gluing of veneer
      on the pianos. After awhile he realized he could make alot more money with
      a skilled trade and got involved in tool and die. He went to work for Economy Tool
      and Die in Muskegon, where he learned the trade. In 1934 he left to work for
      Oldbergs, now A&P Parts in Grand Haven located near the bridge making $3-4 per
      hour. Father meanwhile grew celery, cauliflower, and pansies. There are pictures of this.
      The farm really saved his life due to the fresh air.
      Henry married Florence Dirkse. They eloped to South Bend, IN. She was a nurse,
      graduated from nursing school in Muskegon in 1931. Father bought a house in
      Bradenton FL for retirement. Sadly he died 6 weeks later.
    Person ID I9  vanhees
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2018 

    Father Hendrik Abraham van Hees,   b. 15 Jun 1889, Bruchem, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1960, Bradenton, Manatee, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Areka Wilhelmina Hilgers,   b. 7 Apr 1886, Kamerik, Woerden, Utrecht, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1983, Fort Myers, Lee, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 14 Aug 1913  Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Florence Joan Dirkse,   b. 2 Jul 1910, Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1971, Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 16 Aug 1934  South Bend, St Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Henry Arthur Van Hees,   d. 6 Jan 2012, Miami, Dade, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Carla Jane Van Hees
    +3. John Edward Van Hees,   b. 27 Sep 1936, Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1975, Norton Shores, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    +4. Betty Ruth Van Hees,   b. 21 Jul 1944, Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 2002, Truth or Consequences, NM Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Bonnie Stygstra 
    Married 12 Jan 1973 
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Apr 1914 - Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Aug 1934 - South Bend, St Joseph, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Rt. #4, 30 Dogwood Way - 1983 - Fort Myers, Lee, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Acute leukemia, myocardial infection - 18 Feb 2001 - Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Areka Hilgers 90th birthday
    Areka Hilgers 90th birthday
    Areka (Hilgers) van Hees at 90th birthday with sons Henry and Frank in 1976.
    Hendrik A. van Hees family
    Hendrik A. van Hees family
    (L-R) Frank, Areka, Hendrik (born 1889), and Henry (born 1914)
    Hendrik A. van Hees family 1929
    Hendrik A. van Hees family 1929
    (L-R) Hendrik van Hees (born 1889), Henry (born 1914), Areka (Hilgers), Frank (born 1925).
    Henry A. Van Hees
    Henry A. Van Hees
    Henry A. Van Hees (born 1914)
    Henry and Florence (Dirkse) Van Hees
    Henry and Florence (Dirkse) Van Hees
    Henry Van Hees (born 1914) and Florence Dirkse on their wedding day 16 August 1934
    John and Henry Van Hees
    John and Henry Van Hees
    John and Henry (born 1914) Van Hees in Florida 1975

    Headstones
    Henry & Florence Van Hees
    Henry & Florence Van Hees
    Headstone of Hendrik A. (Henry) and Florence (Dirkse) Van Hees
    Plot: block 48A lot 19 graves 3 & 4

  • Sources 
    1. [S418] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;), Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan; Roll: 1023; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 0013; Image: 892.0; FHL microfilm: 2340758.
      residence date: 1930 residence place: Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, USA birth date: 03 Apr 1914 birth place: Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands Name: Hendrik Abraham van Hees arrival date: 1915

    2. [S379] Michigan, Ottawa, Certificate of Death, State File Number 1658898.

    3. [S381] Death Certficate of Arika (Hilgers) Van Hees, Florida State File no. 83-090656, Oct 7, 1983..