Della Spoelstra

Female12 February 1897–

Brief Life History of Della

When Della Spoelstra was born on 12 February 1897, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, her father, Geert "George" H Spoelstra, was 31 and her mother, Elizabeth De Vries, was 23.

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Geert "George" H Spoelstra
Elizabeth De Vries
Martha Evelyn Spoelstra
Harry G Spoelstra
Della Spoelstra

Sources (3)

  • Della Spoolslra in household of Elizabeth Spoolslra, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Della Spoelstra, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
  • Della Spoelstra, "Michigan, Births and Christenings, 1775-1995"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (3)

World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 6

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."


Age 32

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

West Frisian and Dutch: occupational name for a weaver, from spoel ‘spool’ + the Frisian suffix -stra, which originally meant ‘inhabitant of’.

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

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