John Van Ost

8 August 1882–18 May 1953 (Age 70)
Stevens Point, Portage, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of John

When John Van Ost was born on 8 August 1882, in Stevens Point, Portage, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Cornelis van Oostenbrugge, was 29 and his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Carlisle, was 20. He married Katherine Cochran Romeyn in 1917, in New Jersey, United States. He died on 18 May 1953, in Bergen, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 70.

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John Van Ost
Katherine Cochran Romeyn
Marriage: 1917

Spouse and Children


    Katherine Cochran Romeyn


New Jersey, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Cornelis van Oostenbrugge


    Sarah Elizabeth Carlisle





    Olive Edna Van Oostenbrugge


    Ethel Matilda Van Ostenbrugge


    Horace Buchanan Van Oostenbrugge



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World Events (8)

1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 1

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.

Age 12

Mary Philbrook was the first woman in New Jersey to become a lawyer. She had applied for admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1894, but was rejected because the New Jersey Court stated that women were not vested with any right to be attorneys. Mary lobbied with the Jersey City Woman's Club for an update to the law, which was passed in 1895 and allowed women to become lawyers. Mary Philbrook was the first woman to be admitted after the law change.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 19

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (1)

  • Van Oostenbrugge, "Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926"

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