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REMEMBER WHEN….This was the first yr. after Mary Cheska Mapes graduated from H.S. The photograph was taken in l899 with 5 other girls. They could take classes while a Senior, then teach in a country school. I can’t think of the name of the classes they took. Mom took that training and then taught only 1 yr. in the country, seven miles from home, she stayed with a family that lived close to the country school, was so homesick, felt so alone in the country school. That next yr. she went to Winona Teachers college, then she could teach in town, where there were more teachers etc. Grandma taught this one yr. then married Grandpa Mapes in l901. ~Mary Pool/Mesner https://www.facebook.com/mary.mesner


Around 1869, seventy-five men with teams and wagons made a trip from Pella to the new Dutch settlement in Sioux County, Iowa. Stephanas Wiebe Pool was one of those men. He is my ancestor.

The data in A POOL OF THOUGHTS, is taken from the records of Holland and as far back as any data was available in 1967 and 2000. Gerrit Bosgra, an architect of Bergum, Holland, has worked for several years to trace specifically the Bosgra and Pool family line from official records. Holland and England hold many secrets of the beginning of families. If you are looking research a family line follow this advice. In Holland, Stephen Pool enjoyed employment as a Royal Gardner for the Royal family.


When creating/searching a family line, start by sending every family member a form sheet with enough pages so that each individual member of the family can fill out a page on his/her own life. Each family member will provide the spelling of their own names to include, births, deaths and other information for as far back as they can remember. Ask them to include stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. They are important to any life line.

Mildred Eason Moorhead in 1967, painstakingly researched our family history “Pool” and Bosgra. She lived in Cherokee, Iowa and this website is dedicated in her honor.

Wedding Picture of Susan Pool and Stephen Eason

The hours spent in compiling our books have been most rewarding. Members of families moved to other areas of the word, although families seldom see each other and fail to correspond with one another, they are still family. https://allefriezen.nl/ Today, the internet allows families to research such data as births, deaths, and so on. We are grateful for websites like https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Category:Unsourced_Profiles&from=Mapes%20Pool and others.


The Greater Sioux County Genealogy Society  has provided the majority of information for this site. Thanks to them and all the individuals who have submitted data! A full search of this website is not complete unless you do a search (see left column) on this county’s message boards. After clicking on each board, you will see another SEARCH indicator. Happy Hunting!

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All of the buildings, trees and shrubs of our homestead south of Orange City have been removed. The original part of the house was moved into Orange City, and was used as a residence. It was near the City stand-pipe, but has since been torn down. The section built onto it by Stephen Eason to be the wing used by Grandmother Pool when Okke and his family moved into the house, was moved across the road to the Pennings farm and has ever since been used as a tool shed. The land now looks as it did when Stephanas first gazed upon “his acres.” except for the tall corn gowning now in place of the flowers and long stem prairie grass he first saw. The land of the Pool homestead was shaped in a semi-circle with the house and yard thus set off from the other buildings. One could drive onto the place from either the north or south entrance. The farm buildings were on the west side of the road directly across from the Pennings farm buildings still in use today as they were when the Pools were their neighbors.

There’s a lot of history on the Pennings family farm, southwest of Orange City, Ia. Maybe you remember it? There was a museum dedicated to a big animal and a lot of family history on display. The history there isn’t just a thing of the past, though, because the farm is alive and well. “This is the big attraction of the morning, of course,” said Lynnette Pennings, trying to shoo away a kitten while milking a goat. Goats are a passion for Pennings and she has a couple dozen of them right now. “I did not have goats growing up, but I became interested in them at the 4-H fair,” said Pennings. “(I) actually bought my first three goats from a 4-H kid.” Milking is a main morning chore for her, a big difference from her life in California. After growing up on the farm, she moved to the coast for work, then came back to Sioux County about ten years ago. She likes the rural lifestyle and wanted to keep making history on her family farm.

“It’s important to me to be able to pass this on to my kids, my nieces, other kids and people who want to see how it was and who long for something like this,” said Pennings. The milk from the goats will feed a couple of calves. “This is Pretty Boy Floyd,” said Pennings, pointing out one of the hungry calves. “You’re a good boy.” There are about 40 head of cattle living on the farm. This time of year they fight with geese for good grass in the pasture, one of the sights Pennings loves to see, living back home on the farm. “I’m so glad I took the risk, because this is where I want to be and this is what I want to be doing,” said Pennings. “It’s a good life, the life I want.”

School groups are more than welcome to visit the farm, or the family farming museum. https://siouxlandnews.com/sunrise/proud-to-be-a-hometown-farmer/htf-pennings-farm-keeps-writing-history

Hughes, Howard

Hughes H-4 Hercules-Prototype Strategic Airlift: Nickname–Spruce Goose.
The Hughes H-4 Hercules was/is a prototype strategic airlift flying boat designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use during World War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war. The aircraft made only one brief flight, on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond that. I was fortunate to pour the foundation concrete for the base of dome that housed it. We built around that aircraft, I looked up, marveled at the huge wings, engine and building. Very impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRwdlaszXI


This is the barn Mr. Sam Mapes built in 1920. It was located in Chatfield. They lived about a mile from town. I think it was about 40 acres, most of it a wooded area. The earth was too hilly to do much farming. The reason a barn was built so high, it housed the loose hay to feed animals. There was a track in the upper ridge of the barn what a carried to hatch slings of hay and to pull them up into the barn. The far end of the barn had a big door at the upper part and that is how the hay was able to go inside. If we had to milk our cows, they had to be milked 2 x’s a day and 7 days a week. At least once a day, I would climb up and throw hay down with a pitch fork so the animals could eat. We let out the animals so they could visit the water stock tank. In the winter, when it was cold, ice formed on the water tank and I would break it with an Ax, so the cattle could drink. This was the process on every small farm in the Midwest that had a barn and animals on it.


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Quite a serious accident happened to one of A. M. Walker’s stages as it neared Fillmore village, in this county, on February 3. In attempting to cross a small stream or creek, the wheel of the stage came in contact with a large boulder and the stage was instantly thrown upon its side, forcing one of the wheel horses down with it. The horse, being held down by the tongue and fore part of the stage and hampered with the harness, was drowned. There were three passengers in the coach at the time, who luckily escaped without further injury than an “unsought wash” and good ducking. J. S. Weider, clerk in the office of the receiver of the U. S. Land office in Chatfield, enroute for Dubuque, was one of the three.

On February 10 a party of gentlemen left Chatfield for the purpose of hunting. At that day game of every species abounded in Fillmore county, and especially may this be said of the country immediately surrounding the village of Chatfield. The gunning party was having good luck, and the indications were that they would be bountifully repaid for their labor, when, by the accidental discharge of one of the guns, Nathan P. Langdon, of Chatfield, was shot in the leg below the knee, breaking both bones and otherwise mangling his limb in a horrible manner. He was immediately taken to Chatfield and placed under the treatment of Dr. Cole of that place, but in spite of the best of care it became necessary to amputate the limb.

On April 15 the county of Fillmore held its election in regard to the loan of the state credit to various railroads to the amount of $5,000,000. The vote of the then principal towns in the county was as follows: Chatfield, for 292, against 86; Preston, for 178, against 68. Throughout the county the vote averaged 4 to 1 in favor of the loan; the majority was 1,500. A table compiled June 5 shows that at that date Fillmore county had 9,893 inhabitants and 1,822 dwellings. The county contained an area of 864 square miles. On August 16 five prisoners confined in the county jail at Preston for various offenses, entered into a conspiracy to escape. They succeeded in their undertaking by bending the window bars. Of the five who got away only one was ever heard from; he, after traveling on foot some forty or fifty miles, returned once more to the jail.

On September 5 a little daughter of Maj. J. R. Bennett, of Chatfield, being alone in the yard, fell headforemost into a tub of water and remained there some time before being found. When discovered and taken out life appeared to be extinct, but with exercise of great presence of mind by the parents taking the necessary course to effect a resuscitation, the life of the little one was saved.

On Friday, September 17, T. Sawyer, a citizen in the vicinity of Chatfield, met with a very serious accident. He was engaged with a machine threshing grain several miles from town and while it was in motion he attempted to pass from one side of the feeder to the other when, his foot slipping through, was caught and torn off above the ankle, ripping flesh and bones to strips and mangling the limb in a frightful manner. Physicians were immediately brought, who amputated the fractured limb close to the knee joint. William Henry Dean, M. D., died October 18 at Spring Valley. The doctor was a graduate of the Michigan University at Ann Arbor and came here at an early day.

October 7, in company with several ladies and gentlemen, he was at the mill of Mr. Stevens and the members of the party were being weighed on a platform scale. It being just at dusk, the doctor did not observe a rapidly revolving shaft near where they stood, which caught a shawl he wore and whirled him around and around, striking him against the scales at every revolution until the mill was stopped. Death came to his relief eleven days afterward.


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“Chuck” was a slang term for food.

Chuckwagon food included easy-to-preserve items like beans and salted meats, coffee, and sourdough biscuits. During the 1880s to 1890s the menu consisted of beans, beef, biscuits (sourdough type), salt pork, lick (molasses), rice, dried fruit (mainly raisins, apples, and prunes), and, of course, coffee. Canned tomatoes, canned peaches, and canned milk slowly became available on the northern range—Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming—in the late 1880s; while the southern range did not start importing airtight until the late 1890s. Various spices and herbs were available and used by many of the range cooks, even in the very early days, to give variety to the meals. [source: National Park Service]

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