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William Adrianse

Male - 1967


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  • Name William Adrianse  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1967  Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8591  Koster

    Family/Spouse Cornelia Doll,   b. 04 August 1889, Richland, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2812  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S331] Families of Missaukee, (Name: Waterfront Newspaper; Location: Lake City, MIssaukee, Michigan, USA; Date: c1976;), page 23-24.
      Horace Doll

      In the year 1885, Horace Doll and Maggie, nee Rabbers, bought 40 acres of land on the northwest corner of Stoney Corners.

      In the early days, they had bunk beds outside in a log building for loggers to sleep in. The meals were provided by the Dolls. "My Dad could make fried cakes like nobody's business," Cora proudly recalls. She also remembers her dad would walk the 10 miles to Cadillac, and carry 100 pounds of flour home on his back, also getting a pail of honey and jelly.

      One time mother Maggie was milking cows in the barn, with one of the children in a highchair nearby. She felt something brush past her, looked up to see a cub bear, with the mother close behind.

      In 1898 Horace had a new house build by a Mr. Herrema. That house still stands today. On April 14, 1899, when the house was only a year old, lightning struck it, putting a hole in the bedroom window. The southwest corner of the house was opened right up by the lightning. It followed a steel bed post and split the castor while Horace and Ed, then one year old, were in
      the bed. Cora and Ida were thrown out of their beds upstairs. The storm also caused Maggie to lose her hearing. It was the first and worst storm of the season. Mr. Herrema repaired the damage. Cora, now 90 years old, recounted the experience in detail.

      Maggie passed away in September, 1902. Horace moved to Grand Rapids and died in 1923.

      John R. Doll, the oldest son, lived on the homestead until 1944, when he started working at Goodrich Rubber Company in Cadillac. He retired at 65, and with his wife, Lucy, nee Sikkema, lived in a house south of the Lucas Christian Reformed Church until his death at the age of 80. Their three children are Henry, Marge (VanHouten), both of Grand Rapids, and Elmer, who lived on the homestead until 1979, when he moved to McBain.

      Ida, who left the farm when she was about 15, made her way as a cook in various restaurants. Her two children, Orville Rogers, now deceased, and Peg Fox of Reed City, were from her first marriage. Her last 30 years were spent. on a farm in Cascade, Kent County, where she married Martin Vander Jagt. She died a widow at the age of 93 in 1978.

      Jim Doll began a farming career, later worked in the Lucas Creamery, and finally worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad until his death at the age of 65. His widow, Nellie Prince, still lives in Lucas. Their two sons Jay Doll and Doug Derrick live in the area. Chrystal Maynard, a daughter, lives in Lucas, and the other daughter, Marguerite Swartwood, lives in Cadillac.

      Cora moved to Grand Rapids at the age of 15 to work. She lived in the Grand Rapids area all her life. She outlived three husbands an is now 90 years old. Since the death of her husband, William Adrianse in 1967 she makes her home with her youngest brother, Gerrtt. He only son, Tom Thompson, lives in Cascade.

      Ed worked in state hospitals in Traverse City and Saline. Later he moved to Milan, where he worked in a plating plant. Ed passed away in 1975. His wife still lives in Milan. His son, Ed, lives on a farm in Saline.

      Gerrit Doll, now 81 years old, was maintenance superintendent at Corduroy Rubber Company of Grand Rapids until his retirement in 1970. He then became trouble shooter for the 12 Fables restaurants in the Grand Rapids area, a position he still holds. His wife, Hattie, passed away in February, 1959. His family consists of: Lauretta Nethercot, Grand Rapids; Barbara Sargent, Rock Hill, S.C.; John Doll, Salt Lake City, Utah, and; Martha Sue Stephaniak, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

      Rose and Henry Doll


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