Dirk Willem te Selle
Dirk te Selle is the principal historian for the Te Selle Chronicle project. He authored and translated many of the chapters, stories, and other elements of the project.
Dirk was born in the city of Nijmegen, but he and his parents moved shortly thereafter to the village of Winterswijk. There he attended primary school during childhood, where he quickly and easily learned the Winterswijk dialect. This knowledge was very convenient later on while reading and translating the letters of the Te Selle brothers.
Frequent moves by his parents brought him to Aalten (1956), Amsterdam (1957), and Vianen (1963). He became a teacher, then a history teacher, and finally the principal of Het Stedelijk Lyceum Zuid in the city of Enschede, The Netherlands. After his retirement, Dirk started organizing materials about his family that he had collected over the years.
In 1964 Dirk encountered Norma Te Selle-Prophet in the United States. From Norma, he received a wealth of information about the American branch of the Te Selle family. These contacts resulted in visits to the USA in 1992, 1998 and 2004. Also, Dirk published a book: Te Selle, Chronicle of a Winterswijk Family. However, he is not finished by far with his investigations into the family history. He is very happy that he has been able to collaborate with Robert Te Selle from Santa Monica, California, who works as our webmaster to give further shape to this website dedicated to the Te Selle family.
Bob TeSelle is the webmaster for the Te Selle Family project, responsible for the design, operation, and maintenance of the Te Selle Family website.
Bob was born and raised in Southern California. His father and grandfather were both born and raised in Firth, Nebraska, on the farm that was homesteaded by Bob’s great-grandfather, Harmen Jan te Selle (1844-1919). Harmen Jan and his brother Jan Hendrik te Selle emigrated from Winterswijk, the Netherlands in 1865. You can read more about their lives in the pages of this website.
Bob met Dirk te Selle on a family vacation to Holland in 2000, and they decided to collaborate on the development of this Te Selle Family website, an on-going work in process.