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Andrew Rentmeester and Anna Vander Kelen

Andrew W. Rentmeester


Schoolteacher


Born at Brown County, Wisconsin, USA on Jul 10, 1883

Died at Green Bay, 31000, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA on Apr 16, 1969


Son of Guillaume (1852-1930) and Anna Maria Watermolen (1854-1926)


Married at Brown County, Wisconsin, USA on May 1, 1879 to


Anna Theresia Vander Kelen


Born at Green Bay, 31000, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA on Aug 12, 1886

Died at Green Bay, 31000, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA on Feb 21, 1961


Daughter of Joanns Baptista (1835-1913) and Angelina Vanden Borne (1844-1917)


They had 9 children:


Edna (1908-1996)

Raymond Francis (1909-1987)

Hubert Albert (1911-2004)

Corinne Henrietta (1913-1977)

Charles Earl (1915-1954)

Beatrice M. (1917-2007)

Lester F. (1886-1961)

Myrtle (1925-2016)

Kenneth Richard (1931-2020)

© Lode Mommaerts

Andrew W. Rentmeester in the saloon

When the Flemish men weren ' t working, they might be found in local saloons, which were often under Flemish ownership.


This picture showsa typical saloon; this one was owned by Frank Lindsley in the Town of Bellevue during the 1880-1910 time period.


Pictured from left to right are: John Phillips, Louis Loy, Frank Lindsley, John Lindsley, Leon Vanden Plas, Andrew W. Rentmeester and a young boy who is either Bill Loy or George Lindsley. On the back bar is a picture of Fred, the stal lion, and an advertisement for his stud services. Fred was given 25 raw eggs before each call to duty. Heavy draft-horses were a very important part of farm life up until the 1930s when tractors became availabl e.

Horse- dealers, horse-sheers and horse-breeders advertised their wares; in the Duck Creek area, Joseph Wouters had a prize-winning Norman Stallion, called Prince Waterloo.

© The Flemisch in Wisconsin by Lester Rentmeester

Lester Rentmeester en Jeanne Rioux

Lester F. Rentmeester


Docter - Colonel


Genaamd : Les


Born at Green Bay, 31000, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA on Feb 18, 1919

Died at Florida, USA on Nov 1,  2020


Son of Andrew W. ( 1883-1969) and Anna Theresia Vander Kelen (1886-1961)


Married on Nov 20, 1941 to


Jeanne M. Rioux


Born at Howard, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA on Oct 2, 1919

Died at Green Bay, 31000, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA on Oct 14 , 2010


Daughter of Francis Xavier (1881-1977) and Lillian Marchant (1884-1928)


They had no children

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Colonel Lester Rentmeester

Front second from left Colonel Lester Rentmeester

Lester Rentmeester


Left with his decorations







Right with there book

The Flemish In Wisconsin - 1985

Lester Rentmeester en Jeanne Rioux

Wedding photo of Andrew W. Rentmeester and Anna Theresa Vander Kelen.


From left to right: Peter W. Rentmeester, Philipine Rentmeester Kountenay, Andrew W. Rentmeester, Anna Theresa Vander Kelen, John Vander Kelen and Julia Rentmeester Bowers.


this is a pict ure of Andrew W. Rentmeester and Anna Vander Kelen at their wedding just after the turn of the century. All of the people in the photograph are first-generation Americans, who spoke Flemish before they spoke English and who observed the customs of their ancestors .

© The Flemisch in Wisconsin by Lester Rentmeester

Lester Rentmeester en Jeanne Rioux

Guillaume Rentmeester (1852-1930) and
Anna Maria Watermolen (1854-1926)