BIO_ID: 26
BORNDATE: 1883-11-26 00:00:00
BIOGRAPHY: DENNIS VANOOYEN. It was to the pioneer who blazed the way to civilization and made a vast wilderness bloom and blossom like a rose that credit and honor is due. The Vanooyen family was one of the earliest of Langlade County settlers who played their part in the general advancement of Antigo and the County. Dennis Vanooyen. the subject of this sketch, was born in the city of Appleton on November 26, 1883 the son of Nina (Rodney) and Paul Vanooyen. During his boyhood he attended the public schools of Antigo and later began his apprenticeship as a mason and bricklayer. He is an expert in his chosen trade, which he has followed for many years. Mr. Vanooyen has laid brick in the construction of some of the best buildings in the city of Antigo.

The Vanooyen family moved to Langlade County when Dennis was seven years old. Dennis Vanooyen was united in marriage to Miss Ina Boettcher, the daughter of Ferdinand Boettcher, pioneer Norwood township settler, on June 8, 1905. To this union five children were born, namely, Leonard, Marvel, Viola, Floyd and Charles. The Vanooyen residence is at 321 Watson street, Antigo, Wis.

Fraternally Mr. Vanooyen is active as a member of the Beavers Reserve Fund Fraternity, the Order of Owls, The Loyal Order of Moose, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He has been often honored with offices of trust and responsibility in each of these named orders. The parents of Mr. Vanooyen are still living, having seen Antigo and vicinity grow from a wilderness hamlet to a modern little city of nearly ten thousand inhabitants.

p.297 History of Langlade County Wisconsin Dessureau. Berner Bros. Publishing CO. 1922.