Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
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|From "History of the St. Croix Valley",
published in 1909
VANDENBERG, G. J. is a native of Alto, Fond du Lac county, Wis., born June 12, 1862, son of C. J. and Sena (Beyers) Vandeberg, both born in Holland. The parents emigrated to Alto and purchased eighty acres, which they broke and improved, carrying on a general farming, while making a specialty of apples. Both are now deceased, having passed away on the old homestead, the father May 28, 1884, and the mother March 20, 1867. G. J. received a common school education at Fond du Lac County and then farmed with his father until twenty-four years of age. In the spring of 1888 he went to southern Minnesota, where he purchased 460 acres of land, which he broke and improved. He erected two fine dwellings and necessary outbuildings, carrying on diversified farming. Later he sold this farm and returned to Fond du Lac County, where he remained until 1901. The following year he came to Hammond, Wis., and purchased 160 acres of land, which he at once started to improve. He rebuilt the house and has made repairs to the amount of over $3,000. He now does a large farming business. Mr. Vandeberg was married in 1888 to Hattie Terbeest, of Waupun, Fond du Lac county, Wis., daughter of E. C. and Dora Terbeest, whose parents still reside in Alto, Fond du Lac county, where they are highly respected and honored citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Vandeberg have been blessed with five childrenChris J., Edward C., Dora C., Ellie H. and George H., all living at home. Mr. Vandeberg is a staunch adherent of the principles of the Republican Party. He has served with much credit as school clerk of district No. 1 for three years, and at present is one of the assessors of the township. He was also school clerk in Minnesota twelve years. He is an earnest believer in the advantages of a thorough schooling and is giving his children good education. He is a well-read, well informed man, and has an intelligent opinion upon all the topics of the day. His home life is ideal, and the entire family is highly thought of by a wide circle of friends.