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Edward William "Bill" Koster

Male 1912 - 1999  (86 years)


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  • Name Edward William "Bill" Koster  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 12 November 1912  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 6
    Gender Male 
    Race White  [6
    Residence 1920  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1929  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Volunteer Firefighter 
    Residence 1930  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Salesman, retail grocery 
    Occupation 1933  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Founded O-K Grocery with Gail Ogler 
    Residence 1935  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 01 April 1940  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Age: 27; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head 
    SSN issued between 1956 and 1957  Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    370-40-6327 
    Occupation between 1957 and 01 April 1983  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Chief Firefighter 
    Residence 1992  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 21 March 1999  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried after 21 March 1999  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3480  Koster

    Father John Koster, Jr,   b. 26 June 1873, Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 October 1949, Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Ella Allie Start,   b. 13 March 1877, Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 March 1936, Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 19 June 1902  Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F1215  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. James Edward Koster  [Natural]
    Family ID F1833  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S29] Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;), Database online. Number: 370-40-6327; Issue State: Michigan; Issue Date: 1956-1957.
      Record for Edward J. Koster

    2. [S33] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Year: 1920; Census Place: Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan; Roll: T625_792; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 148; Image: .
      Record for John Koster

    3. [S31] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;), Database online. Year: 1930; Census Place: Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan; Roll: 1024; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 34; Image: 363.0.
      Record for John Kaster

    4. [S81] U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Database online.
      Record for Edward Koster

    5. [S257] People Directory of Northwest Ottawa, Wallace K. Ewing, (Name: Tri-Cities Historical Museum; Location: Grand Haven, MIchigan;), Entry for Edward William "Bill" Koster.

    6. [S204] 1940 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627;), Year: 1940; Census Place: Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan; Roll: T627_1809; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 70-42B.
      Record for Edward Roster

    7. [S247] In the Path of Destiny, David H. Seibold, D.D.S., (Name: Grand Haven Historical Museum; Location: Grand haven, Michigan; Date: 2007;), 977.415., pg 217.
      Firefighting in the Village remained a volunteer system until 1929, at which time a paid Chief became supervisor of the
      volunteer force. The first Spring Lake Village Fire Chief was Fred Bottema. His assistants were George Questing and Edward “Bill”
      Koster, then just 16. Koster became Chief in 1957 and remained in that position until 1980, finally retiring from the force in 1983
      having served longer than any firemen in the history of the Spring Lake and Grand Haven firefighting tradition – 54 years.

    8. [S95] Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/M3YZ-X6V/p4 v 4 p 39rn 167.
      Groom's Name: John Jr. Koster
      Groom's Race:
      Groom's Age: 28 years
      Groom's Birth Date: 1874
      Groom's Birthplace: Spring Lake
      Bride's Name: Ella Stark
      Bride's Race:
      Bride's Age: 25 years
      Bride's Birth Date: 1877
      Bride's Birthplace: Spring Lake
      Marriage Type:
      Marriage Date: 19 Jun 1902
      Marriage Place: Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan
      Groom's Father: John Koster
      Groom's Mother: Gertrude Exter
      Bride's Father: George Stark
      Bride's Mother: Kate Benkema
      Groom's Marital Status:
      Groom's Previous Wife:
      Bride's Marital Status:
      Bride's Previous Husband:
      Film Number: 2342522
      Frame Number:
      Digital Folder Number: 4032371
      Image Number: 52
      Reference Number: v 4 p 39rn 167



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