Ernest Miedema

Ernest Miedema was born on June 13, 1886 in Holland. When Ernest was about two and a half years old, he came with his parents, Johannes and Marijke Miedema, to the United States. They first settled near Orange City, Iowa.

Allie Vandenberg was born on December 14, 1887, on a farm new Newkirk, Iowa. Her parents were Dries and Tryantje Vandeberg.

On September 24, 1906, Ernest married Allie, who was then also living in Orange City, Iowa.

In the fall of that year, Ernest worked for his uncle, Peter Roorda, who lived near Litchville, North Dakota. His father had come earlier and, with the help of a young carpenter, put up the shell of a small house and barn on property seven miles easet of Ypsilanti, North Dakota, on the western edge of Barnes County, in Meadow Lake Township. This home was intended for Ernest and his bride.

In the spring of 1907, Ernest moved to North Dakota, traveling on an immigrant car, along with five horses, three cows, and twenty-four chickens.

Ernest and Allie helped to organize, and were charter members of, the North Marion Reformed Church, which was organized on July 14, 1908.

Their children included Joe, Andrew, Marie, Harold, Tracy, Harry, Bertha, Audrey, Evelyn, John, Mildred, and Joyce.

Mrs. Miedema passed away in 1954, and Ernest died in 1972.