Ben Vander Kooi

9 October 1891–27 April 1980 (Age 88)
Hull, Sioux, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ben

When Ben Vander Kooi was born on 9 October 1891, in Hull, Sioux, Iowa, United States, his father, Willem van der Kooi, was 43 and his mother, Dieuwke de Roos, was 40. He married Theresa Boogerd on 4 February 1914, in Hull, Sioux, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Lincoln Township, Sioux, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Sioux Township, Sioux, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died on 27 April 1980, in Sioux Center, Sioux, Iowa, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Hull, Sioux, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ben Vander Kooi
Theresa Boogerd
Marriage: 4 February 1914
William Van Der Kooi
Agnes Van Der Kooi
Josie Vander Kooi
Sarah Van Der Kooi
James Vander Kooi
Gertrude Vander Kooi

Spouse and Children

4 February 1914
Hull, Sioux, Iowa, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Willem van der Kooi


    Dieuwke de Roos




+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

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.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 22

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 25

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: unexplained.

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

Sources (3)

  • Ben Vander Kooi in household of Gerrit Kuiper, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ben Vander Kooi, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ben Van Der Kooi, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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