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Geerd (George) Boekhoff
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Born 1894-01-13 in Bunderhammrich (D) to Hinderk (Henry) Boekhoff and Albertje (Bertha) Sproek. Died 1963-02-22, buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Artesian (SD) (USA). George departured at the port of Bremerhaven on 1907-04-20 with the ship named "S.S. Grosser Kurfürst" and arrived in New York on 1907-04-30 together with his older sister Minnie. He specified his final destination at his relative H. Klosterboer living in Rock Rapids (Iowa). He intended to work for his uncle until passage to US was paid off. He was institutionalized in Yankton, SD from ? until 1945, when the governor issued a certificate of sanity saying he had never been insane at all. One theory is that his incarceration was related to his German heritage at a time of war with Germany. Many German immigrants were interned by the US Justice Department, and Yankton is a known federal prison camp used for WWII internment.
Source: Passenger List for Immigration dated 1907-04-20 & World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Photos: Fishing with my brothers; My first grandchild and my cat
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Married 1927-02-11 in Alexandria, Hanson County, South Dakota to Lydia Nebelsick. George and Lydia were subsequently divorced, presumably during the time George was institutionalized in South Dakota.
Children from this relationship:
Albert Henry Boekhoff (M) Born 1927-12-23