We deliberately left some of the information in Dutch so you could practice the language used by early Douglas settlers.
Thijs Jans Sterk is geboren op 26-02-1857, zoon van Jan Pieters Sterk en Grietje Heins Hijma. Thijs is overleden op 19-12-1925 in Corsica, SD, USA, 68 jaar oud. Thijs trouwde, ongeveer 36 jaar oud, omstreeks 1893 met Jennie Wesseling, ongeveer 18 jaar oud. Jennie is geboren in 1875. Jennie is overleden op 17-04-1961 in Artesia, CA, USA, 86 jaar oud.
Kinderen van Thijs en Jennie:
1 John Sterk, geboren op 08-08-1894 in Douglas County, SD, USA. John
While these records suggest that many of these people were buried in Douglas county, so far none of the graves have been located. If you know of any graves for these folks in other South Dakota counties, such information would be appreciated.
It appears that Jennie still shows up in the 1930 census, five years after her husband’s death.
1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Jennie Steck (a footnote here suggests the spelling could by "Sterk')
Birth: abt 1875 - location
Residence: 1930 - city, Douglas, South Dakota
While the above records suggest that Jennie “moved on” to California and is buried in Artesia, California, a search in those cemeteries turned up a few Sterks buried there, but the grave of Jennie is still not located.