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From The Victor Quasquicentennial History Book (1868-1993), p. 160.
John DeDecker Family
"John August DeDecker married Elvera Staelens on April 2, 1913 at St.
Bridget's Catholic Church in Victor. John had a Dray Line business in
Victor as a young man, served as agent for Sinclair Oil Co., worked on the
Rock Island Railroad, and retired from the Milwaukee Railroad in 1958. John
and Elvera (Vera) were the parents of seven children.
Ida, the oldest of the seven children, graduated from St. John's Catholic
School, Victor, in 1932. She was married to Jonathan Adell and after his
death she later married Ted Hendrixson. She retired from the United
California Bank, San Jacinto, California. Her home is Hemet, California.
Francis graduated from St. John's in 1934. He married Esther Price. They
are the parents of four children: Gene, Reno, Nevada; Susie Lindbergh and
Vicki Parkinson, Blythe, California; and Patti Donnelson, Tempe, Arizona.
Francis passed away on January 26, 1993. They lived in Blythe, California.
John, Jr., graduated from St. John's in 1936. He married Dorothy Haynes in
1939. They had two children: David of Orion, Illinois; and Peggy Jo Ricky
of Carbon Cliff, Illinois. John later married Elsie Hancock of Premption,
Illinois. John passed away July 1, 1988.
Ruth graduated from St. John's in 1937, and from St. Thomas School of
Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1940. She married Harry Wright while they
were both in the service during World War II. They reside in Ann Arbor,
James graduated from St. Joh's in 1942 and later moved to Moline, Illinois.
He married Marge Bruggeman. They are the parents of five children: James,
Rock Island, Illinois; Kathy Miller, Downers Grove, Illinois; Chris
Meiresonne, Orion, Illinois; Joe, Rock Island, Illinois; and Lisa, an Air
Force nurse stationed in Germany.
Rosemarie graduated from St. John's in 1947. She married Don Refer of
Victor. Rosemarie is the only family member still living in Victor. Rose
and Don are the parents of one son, Dennis, who with his wife and their two
children represent the fourth and fifthe generation of this family to reside
Gerald graduated from St. John's in 1952. He married Joanne Britz. They
reside in West Des Moines. They are the parents of four children: Craig,
Bill, Db, and Martin, all of whom reside in Des Moines, Iowa."
There is also a family history for Peter DeDecker on p. 161:
"Peter DeDecker was born in St. Margerites, Belgium, December 13, 1863, and
immigrated to the U.S.A. when four years old with his parents; his brother,
John; and two sisters, Louise and Rose. The family first settled in
Illinois. Pete was united in marriage to Pauline Dierickx in Atkinson,
Illinois, March 4, 1888. Because of heavy rains and muddy roads, they
walked the railroad tracks to their wedding. Pauline and Peter came to
Victor shortly after their marriage and had seven children: John, Louise,
Emil, Grace, Fred, Frank, and Clarence.
*****John married Vera Staelens and they had seven children. Bera died in
her early sixties, and John later married Laura Kennedy of Cedar Rapids.***
Louise (Lula) married Emil DeSmet, and they had two children. Emil was
married to Verda Rumple, and they had three sons. Grace was married to John
Dusterhoft, and they had three children. Fred and Frank were twins, and
Frank died in infancy. Fred was married to Gladys Roberts of Vining, and
they had one son. Clarence was married to Georgie Hannah. The entire
family is deceased with the eception of Grace, who resides in Cedar Rapids;
and Clarence, who lives at Gravois Mills, Missouri.
Pete was Town Marshal aw well aw water and gas warden for over 30 years. He
was *the Old Lam Lighter of Long Long Ago* of Victor. Pete worked hard and
maintained all the city equipment from his own wonderful natural mechanical
ability. SInce they didn't have backhoes, when the wate rpepes broke, Pete
would have to break the surface of the street with a pick ax and wade in mud
holes to mend the leak. He was a member of St. Bridget's Church and served
on the board of directors. He belonged to the K.C.'s and was an avid hunter
Some of Grace's fondest memories are of how hard her mother worked to feed
her family, and to maintain her humble home in a fastidious manner. No
Belgium immigrant ever came to ictor without spending his/her first night in
the DeDecker home. There was free "bed and board" until the sponsors would
be able to come for them. The DeDecker home was always open to the Belgium
women when they came to town for the weekly shopping. Fine goodies were
shared, and the coffee pot was always on the stove for guests. Pauline's
hobbies were cooking, sewing, and knitting."
Another article about Peter DeDecker and Descendants from p. 160:
Peter DeDecker was born in St. Margrite, Belgium on December 15, 1864. He
was the son of Petrus Leopoldus DeDecker and Rosalie Landuyt. He came to
victor in 1874 from Atkinson, Illinois. Although Peter came to America when
he was four years old, his family did not arrive in Iowa until he was 10.
At that time, Victor was an expanse of raw prairie land with only a few
other settlers, and fewer buildings. They tried farming and for three years
in sucession a plague of cinch bugs ate up every bit of wheat that Peter and
his father had planted. Finally, thy were forced to sell the land and move
onto a farm nearby as tenants. Eventually, the family moved back to
Atkinso, Illinois, where Peter married Pauline Dierickx on March 4, 1888.
There was only one solution for the family to move back to Iowa. DeDecker
had a steam engine back at Victor and enough confidence in the land to make
him long to return. For several years after returning to Iowa, Peter
operated a threshing machine in Iowa and Poweshiek counties. He later
served as Town Marshal, Victor Water Warden, and later as the *lamp lighter*
when the gas lights were the only illumination. Peter and Pauline were
hosts to many Belgian immigrants when they arrived in Victor. They would
house them until they found employment in the farming communtiy. They were
the parents of seven children: John, Louise (DeSmet), Grace (Dusterhoft),
Fred (his twin died as an infant), Emil, and Clarence."
Carol C. Eddleman
PA-Roots Data Board Administrator (Bedford, Bucks, Northampton, Somerset
Bedford Co PAGenExchange
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Is there someone who could find me an obit. for an uncle the next time
they go to the library? I checked the Randon Acts of Kindness site and
there are no volunteers for Iowa county. It would be for:
John DeDecker, born January 1, 1890 and died December 1976.
I have a small article from the Cedar Rapids Gazette dated December 31,
1976 but it only gives the time of service [10:30, Dysart United
Methodist Church] and when the Rosary will be said. Thank you.