Van Dop Family of Spring Lake, Michigan

Updated January 8, 2006


Abe and Minnie Van Dop were both born in the Netherlands in 1914 and immigrated to the USA as children. The Van Dop family came from the Zeeland area while the Ten Brink family came from the Overijssel province.

The Van Dops settled in the Muskegon area while the Ten Brinks settled in Holland Michigan.

Abe and Minnie met while both working on farms in Grant, Michigan. Abe was a hired hand on the farm across from the farm where Minnie cooked and took care of her brothers.

The two married in 1938 and settled in Norton Shores. Shortly after the birth of their first child they purchased a farm and settled in Spring Lake, Michigan.

The Van Dops moved to Spring Lake, Michigan in 1939. They lived on a farm at the end of Prospect Street for many years until the high school was built. The house was moved and still remains on South Street. The farm was near part of the Lilley and Sisson lumber yards on the banks of the Grand River and the house originally stood where the swimming pool was erected. Much of the farm itself is where the track and football stadium and parking lot now stand.

The Van Dops were members of the Spring Lake Christian Reformed Church.

They had one son and three daughters. In addition to farming, Abe held different factory positions and began building homes with his son before passing away in 1958.

In 1958 their son Bill married and Minnie moved with their 3 daughters Jean, Shirley and Lois to a new home built in the Evergreen Park subdivision off from Fall Street.

Minnie cleaned homes and became a rural sub at the Spring Lake Post Office until she retired in the 1970's.

Minnie remarried in 1962 to Harold Rosema and they lived in the home on Fall Street until he passed away in 1969.

After her children were grown she began traveling and remained active for many years. During these trips she met and ultimately married Edward Glass from Borculo, Michigan in 1977. Ed was a retired worker from General Motors.

Ed and Minnie spent winters in Zephyrhills, Florida. Ed passed away in 1988 and Minnie continued to lead a very active life. She traveled with 8 of her children and grandchildren in 1990 to show them the place where she had been born and to visit with relatives in the Netherlands.

Minnie moved in 2000 to spend her remaining years in Florida full time and passed away at the age of 88 in 2003.


Matthew J Hierholzer
1613 Sienna Ct.
Orlando, FL 32825
United States
mhierholzer@cfl.rr.com


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