Gertie Van Der Meer

Brief Life History of Gertie

When Gertie Van Der Meer was born on 18 September 1895, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, her father, Christoffel Hendrik van der Meer, was 42 and her mother, Gerritje Denekamp, was 30. She married John White on 5 March 1914, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Wyoming, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1910 and Grandville, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1930. She died on 11 December 1978, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 83.

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John White
Gertie Van Der Meer
Marriage: 5 March 1914
Gertrude White
Jean White Vanderwoude
Esther G. White
Edward J. White
William H. White
Madelyn Ruth White
John Morris White
Marilyn White
John White
Clyde R. White

Sources (13)

  • Gertrude White in household of John White, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Gertie Vander Meer, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
  • Web: Kent County, Michigan, Marriage Index, 1842-1929

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1903 · Ford Motor Company

"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."


U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Vietnamese Anh, Thanh, Hung, Minh, Vinh, Dung, Hue, Huong, Lan, Quang, Tan, Thuy, Hong, Chi, Hang, Ho, Pok, Sang, Bai, Chin, Ching, Chu, Chuan, Dong.

Vietnamese (Vạn): from the Chinese surname 萬, see Wan 1.

Vietnamese (Văn): from the Chinese surnames 文 or 聞, see Wen 2 and 3, and also 5 below.

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

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