May 20, 2024

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Taste For Business

How the Van Koevering brothers thrived with disabilities

The Van Koeverings have a legacy.

In 1847, after Albertus Van Raalte, Jan Rabbers, and Jannes Van de Luyster led their followers from the Netherlands, Izaak and Adriana Sonke Van Koevering and spouse and children arrived with Jacob Wabeke, who financed the trip.

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Izaak and Adriana’s son, Anthoni (a builder) married Cornelia De Jonge, daughter of Jan De Jonge and Jannetje Den Herder De Jonge. Two of their youngsters have been Adrian and William, who at a pretty youthful age contracted polio.

Steve VanderVeen

The illness weakened Adrian’s left arm and right leg and weakened both of those of William’s legs. On the advice of Zeeland’s first doctor, Dr. Daniel Baert, Adrian was taken to see a professional in Cincinnati who attached 6 leaches to his arm in an try to clear away the “poisonous blood.” The treatment did not work.

As they got more mature, it turned very clear for the reason that of their disability the boys could not be a part of their father in the building organization. So, in 1893, the boys’ mom, Cornelia, approached her uncle, Jacob Den Herder, for a financial loan to assist Adrian open up a printing enterprise.