Alice Beels Voorhes

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Alice Ellen Beels (Abner3, Jane2, John1) was born Nov. 14, 1853, in Lyndon, Sheboygan Co., Wis. In 1861 her father removed to Parma, near Cleveland, Ohio. One year was spent in the village of Brighton and in 1864 the family took up its residence in Brooklyn Center, where Alice attended school. In September, 1868, her father removed his family in wagons to Hazelton, Iowa. Alice was an energetic, competent girl and the housekeeper of her father's family. She was married June 1, 1870, to Ezra Voorhes, who was born April 6, 1848.

Mr. and Mrs. Voorhes resided in Fayette Co., Iowa, till 1884, when they removed to Wessington Springs, Jerauld Co., S. Dak., where they still reside. Mrs. Voorhes united with the church while she was young. For several years her health has been poor and she has been unable to enter into the social life about her as she once did.


Manly LeRoy, b. Aug. 27, 1871.

Duane Monroe, b. Mar. 17, 1874.

Clara Luelle, b. Oct. 6, 1875.

Arthur Francis, b. July 27, 1879.

Blanch Ruthanne, b. May 19, 1883.

Archie Byron, b. Jan. 28, 1885.

Lester Leon, b. Jan. 31, 1887.

Inez Ethel, b. Dec. 17, 1888.

Manly LeRoy Voorhes

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Manly LeRoy (Alice4, Abner3, Jane2, John1) was born in Jefferson, Fayette Co., Iowa, Aug. 27, 1871. His childhood was spent in that county. When he was 13 years old his father removed to Wessington Sprimgs, S. Dak. Manly Voorhes has been occupied as a farmer all his life. He early united with the Baptist church. He served as treasurer of his township for one term. He was married Oct. 25, 1899, to Miss Ida Mae Moulton, who was born Oct. 14, 1877. His wife was a member of the M.E. church. Their married life was brief, as the wife and mother was called from earth April 30, 1903.


Orville Moulton, b. Nov. 1, 1901.

Verle Manly, b. April 1, 1903, d. Nov. 20, 1903.

Duane Monroe Voorhes

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Duane Monroe (Alice4, Abner3, Jane2, John1) was born in Hazelton, Iowa, March 17, 1874. In 1884 he went with his father's family to Wessington Springs, S. Dak., where he has since resided. He united with the Baptist church in his boyhood. His occupation was farming until 1907. Since then he has been engaged in digging wells.

On Sept. 25, 1895, he was married to Miss Mildred S. Price, who was born April 28, 1878.


Hazel Desire, b. Dec. 5, 1896.

Dwight Hugh, b. July 29, 1898.

Neva Lorena, b. Oct. 23, 1899.

Oda Beatrice, b. Mar. 1, 1901.

Claude Price, b. June 24, 1904.

Roy Monroe, b. Jan. 4, 1906, d. Nov. 14, 1906.

Grace Marie, b. Mar. 11, 1910.

Clara L. Voorhes Houseman

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Clara Luella, (Alice4, Abner3, Jane2, John1) eldest daughter of Alice and Ezra Voorhes, was born in Hazelton, Iowa, Oct. 6, 1875. When she was nine years old her father removed with his family to Wessington Springs, S. Dak. She attended district school in that then new country. In her girlhood she united with the Baptist church. After her marriage she united with the Congregational church to which her husband belongs. She married James Albert Houseman Jan. 6, 1896. He was born April 5, 1856. He is a mason by trade. Before his marriage he taught school for seven years. He attended the Lombarg Theological college for a time. Their home is in Wessington Springs, S. Dak.


Nellie Elizabeth, b. May 30, 1897.

Ward Emerson, b. Oct. 10, 1900.

Ruth Alice, b. June 20, 1902.

Arthur Francis Voorhes

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Arthur Francis Voorhes (Alice4, Abner3, Jane2, John1) was born in Freemont, Fayette Co., Iowa, on July 27, 1879. When he was 5 years old his father's family moved to Wessington Springs, Jerauld Co., S. Dak. Here on a great western farm his boyhood was spent. He afterward worked at the mason's trade. For several years he has been in the employ of a railroad company.

He was married to Miss Lillian M. Hoffman Sept. 11, 1906. She was born June 17, 1888. They reside in Wessington Springs.


Sylvie Louise Marjorie, b. Sept. 30, 1907.

Marion Marguerite, b. Aug. 5, 1909.

Vernon Dale, b. Sept. 9, 1911.

Blanche R. Voorhes Smith

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Blanche Ruthanne (Alice4, Abner3, Jane2, John1) had her birth in Freemont, Iowa, on May 19, 1883. The following year the family removed to Wessington Springs, S. Dak., and here amid the stirring events on a great Dakota farm her childhood passed.

She married F. Olin Smith Sept. 4, 1901. He was born April 14, 1877.

Mrs. Smith is a member of the Universalist church of Wessington Springs.


Esther Lulu, b. July 9, 1902.

Ezra Ross, b. Mar 13, 1904.

Gerald Eugene, b. Mar. 29, 1909.

Archie Byron Voorhes

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Archie Byron, (Alice4, Abner3, Jane2, John1) son of Alice and Ezra Voorhes, was born on their great farm in Wessington Springs, S. Dak., Jan. 28, 1885. He was employed on the farm until 1910, when he purchased machinery and took up the work of well digging. He is a healer in the Christian Science church. He is unmarried.

Lester Leon Voorhes

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Lester Leon, (Alice4, Abner3, Jane2, John1) youngest son of Alice and Ezra Voorhes, was born Jan. 31, 1887, at Wessington Springs, S. Dak.

He is a machinist and is employed in a garage in Wessington Springs. He is single and lives with his parents.

Inez Ethel Voorhes

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Inez Ethel, (Alice4, Abner3, Jane2, John1) the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Voorhes, was born Dec. 17, 1888, on the farm at Wessington Springs. She is unmarried and her home is with her parents.

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