Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten - Earlier Generations of VanderPuttens


My Great-Grandfather VanderPutten


Jan Dirk [John Richard] Vander Putten

This picture of my great-grandfather was published in an Akron Ohio newspaper with his obituary some time in the late 1930s.

For a glimpse of my great grandfather, see my father's My Grandfather in the VanderPutten Family Memory.




My Grandfather Peter (Nov 27, 1883 to Aug 1963) and Grandmother Anna (Jan 11, 1996 to Sep 27, 1976) VanderPutten


[Right] My Grandfather Peter (Pieter), Granduncle Dick (Dirk) and Great-grandfather John Richard (Jan Dirk) VanderPutten, 1899

My grandfather Pieter arrived from Holland on March 9, 1889 aboard the immigrant ship S.S. P. Caland. He was 5 at the time.

With him in Second Class were my great-grandmother Giertruida F (34), and  Yohanna (11), Dirk (9), Alida (7),  Josephina (3) and Cornelia (Ida) (22 months) VanderPutten.

[Above] My grandfather Peter (Pieter), granduncle Dick (Dirk) and great-grandfather VanderPutten (circa 1899)


My Grandmother Anna Josephine King
1888 at Age 2

Anna Josephine King  
Born January 11, 1886



Grandmother VanderPutten
as a Young Woman
Circa 1905-10



Grandfather VanderPutten
as a Young Man
Circa 1905-10



Grandmother is in the front row center holding her hat.

Also see  9 Snapshots from Anna King 1906

"Bay Shore 1906 +/-"

Anna King (VanderPutten) surrounded by Whelans and others on the Bay Shore Boat to Fire Island, 1906.

Dad explained, "My mother's middle initial was J . Some time [around] 1906 she lived for a year with friends in Bay Shore [the Whelans]. She commuted on LIRR to her teaching job in Brooklyn. She was in her early 20's."

Aunt Annette called this time between  college graduation and marriage "her teaching years."


Anna King VanderPutten

My Grandmother Anna (nee King) VanderPutten in her wedding gown on the day of her wedding to Peter J. VanderPutten, June 29, 1910



*A Word about Grandmother King 

"If it had not been for Grandmother King's encouragement, her daughter, Anna, would never have become a New York City teacher. The fact that she did was of the utmost importance to her children. In the Depression, her salary enabled the family to hold on .to the house on 78th Street and manage summers at Lake Carmel. It also paid for much of the children's education. " 

"Anna said that, after graduating from High School, she had given up her ambition to go to Teachers Training School and decided to get a job to help ease the financial strain at home."

"After just one day at work, she came home in tears - - it was such a far cry from the scholastic atmosphere she had so enjoyed in her school days. Her mother said to her, 'Go to Training School. We'll manage somehow'."

"Such an attitude was very unusual at a time when children were expected to help support their families, often with only a grade school education. This must have entailed some sacrifices on the part of Grandmother King. All of us have benefited from her foresight and understanding."

-By Annette VanderPutten (circa 1992)


A Post Card from the Past - 1906


A Post Card from my Grandmother

This is a copy of a post card Anna King sent while on summer vacation from her teaching job in 1906. She was living in Bay Shore at the time with the Whelens. There have obviously been some changes.

[This photo is courtesy of Noel Oakes, a collector of old post cards. Noel recently bought this one and in checking the Internet for a possible link found my web site and graciously sent me this copy.]





My Grandmother's Silver Dollar

This is a 1905 sterling silver American half dollar. My grandmother kept it for sentimental reasons. It was minted the year she met Pieter (Peter) VanderPutten who in 1910 became her husband. [See the Courtship of Peter J. Vander Putten and Anna J. King]


Grandfather Peter John VanderPutten

Circa 1944




Grandmother Anna Pauline nee King VanderPutten

June 29, 1910