Veefkind, Henry Born (History - 1850)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

HENRY BORN VEEFKIND, one of the developers of Clark County, in honor of whom the station on the "Soo Line" railroad in Sherman Township was named, was born in Leyden, Holland, Oct. 3, 1834. He became farmer and dye manufacturer, and was married in Holland to Marie Reyst, who was born in Leyden, Holland, July 29, 1850. For a number of years after his marriage Mr. Veefkind remained in his native land, and there all his children Were born, namely. Christine, who is still living in Holland John, Caspar, Clara, Mary and Rika. In 1876 the family emigrated to Wisconsin, locating in Sherman Township, Clark County, where he secured a tract of eighty acres of land on which Veefkind station is now located. Though he subsequently bought and sold many acres, this tract always remained the old homestead. In those early days Mr. Veefkind farmed with an ox team, and being a rugged man, fond of outdoor life, often walked to Neillsville or Spencer. He encouraged the coming of the railroad and when the station was established became the first postmaster. He also established a store and started the first farmers' cheese factory in this section. Although a slight-built man, he was an indefatigable worker, while his nature was cast in a somewhat stern and judicial mold. He died at Veefkind in 1909, a man of 75 years, with a worthy record as pioneer and citizen. In 1912 his wife passed away at the same place.




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