During the latter 1890’s, a second daughter colony was organized by Nebraska Dutch families, similar to the colony in Kansas. About twenty families migrated from Lancaster County, Nebraska, and settled in the State of Washington, near the village of Linden. Since then, more families have followed. Today there is an established Dutch church (Seceders) and the settlement has been quite prosperous. The Vandergrinds were among the original settlers of the new colony. [1]

One of the early TeSelle family members to migrate from Nebraska to Washington was Albert Herman TeSelle (1881-1932). Albert and his wife, Elizabeth Alyda (Lizzie) Obbink, made the move to Washingon with their three children — Theodore (Ted) (1905-1976), Cornelia (Cora) (1906-1968), and Dorothy (1908-1976). We do not yet know the date of their migration nor the reasons behind their decision to move. We would like to share those stories on our website, so we hope some of our website visitors will contact us with stories, memorabilia, and photos about the migration to Washington.

[1] Bade, Gustav Adolph, “A History of the Dutch Settlement in Lancaster County, Nebraska.” Personal interview with Mrs. Clara (Bade) TeSelle, Firth, Nebr., 1937; Mr. Henry Wubbles; Mr. Herman Vandergrind, Lincoln, Nebr., 1937.