Johanna Margaret TeSelle was born in Crawford, Delta County, Colorado on 26 February 1910. Her parents were John Willem TeSelle (1867-1945) and Geertje VanderBeek (1871-1922). She married Jack Clyde Fries (1912-1984) on 23 December 1934 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Johanna died in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana on 3 January 1996.
Geertie VanderBeek was born in South Holland, Cook County, Illinois on 12 May 1871. She married John Willem TeSelle (1867-1945) in Lancaster County, Nebraska on 23 June 1897. She died on 4 March 1922 in Crawford, Delta County, Colorado, where she is also buried.
Matlock, Iowa — 16 January 1923 Jan Willem TeSelle lived with his family on a ranch in Fruitland Mesa, Colorado from about 1904 to 1922. Fruitland Mesa is near Crawford, Delta County in western Colorado. Jan Willem had moved to Fruitland Mesa from North Yakima, Washington, where he was a minister. According to the recollections… Read more »
Jan Willem TeSelle left his farm in Fruitland Mesa, Colorado, in 1923, and accepted a call to return to the ministry in Matlock, Sioux County, Iowa. His granddaughter, Jackie Fries Tamas, has possession of the following four letters written by Jan Willem — two from 1923 from Matlock, Iowa, and two from 1936-1939 from Firth,… Read more »
Early Remembrances [Note: Margaret TeSelle Fries wrote these notes in 1995, possibly. This is a typed version of her handwritten pages. -Jackie Tamas] 3 yrs [age; about 1913] -The men came in from the field for their noon meal. I was standing barefoot on the front porch and said “Oo(you) go back to field *… Read more »
Carolyn TeSelle Valentine, at the age of 71, gave her minister some notes about her life. As a child she lived with her parents, Jan Willem and Geertie TeSelle, on their dairy farm and orchard in Fruitland Mesa, Colorado. She moved to Matlock, Iowa with her father and siblings when Jan Willem married Jeannette Bogaard after Geertie’s death in 1922. Carolyn had two daughters, Mary Lou and Arlyn Joan, with her husband Arnold Valentine.
The Johanna Margaret te Selle – Fries History Recorded by her daughter Jackie Tamas, Taos, New Mexico February 1991. Margaret Fries was born February 26, 1910, on Fruitland Mesa, Colorado, at home during a snowstorm. Fruitland Mesa is about 7 miles from Crawford and further away from Montrose. The mesa is separated from everything by… Read more »
On July 7, 1908, John Willem TeSelle registered his Stock Brand with the Brand Commissioner of the State of Colorado.
From The Daily Sentinel – Horticulture, Farm and Ranch News – Western Colorado and Eastern Utah [date unknown] (Note: The original newspaper article was submitted to us in sections, as shown below. Click on each of the sections to see an enlarged image. The photo caption and the main article have been retyped here for… Read more »
Jan Willem (John William) TeSelle, son of Jan Hendrik te Selle (1838-1921) and Hanna Berendina Onnink (1841-1929), was born in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin in 1867.