Life is full of new beginnings. Some planned others unexpected. Elsje Van Der Zuiden knew that in 1870, her family planned to move to Sioux County, Iowa, a prairie wilderness.
What she didn't expect was a wedding, horse thieves, a trip back to Pella, teaching in a school, being questioned by a sheriff in a faraway town, and the best new beginning. Other adventures included building sod houses, picnics—all the while designing a farm according to her plans.
Life on the prairie was not always ideal; there were tragedies, hard work, the monotony of hot, windy days, and plenty of field mice and snakes.
A Place of New Beginnings is a sequel to A Place of Refuge. Both books are based on historical facts, with each chapter ending with a scripture, hymn, recipe, or catechism.
Renae B. Vander Schaaf is a freelance writer for agricultural publications. Her Essays from My Farmhouse entertain with writings of farm life and issues facing rural America. She is a farmer’s wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She enjoys gardening, farm life, and reading good books.
The Ostfriesland Genealogical Society was formed in 1985. The members have ancestors that came from Ostfriesland or East Friesland. Ostfriesland is the region on the coast of the North Sea, NW Germany, in Lower Saxony; it includes the East Fresian Islands. It is near the Netherlands. The club has an excellent resource area, which is kept at the George public library. There are Ortssippenbuchs (villages books from Ostfriesland that include names, births, baptisms, deaths, etc.), family history books, cemetery records, church history books,and more. Once a year the club has a tea party; it is a time of to visit and share family history with each other.