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May 20 in history

10:59 AM, May 20, 2013  |  Comments
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May 20, 1955 - Longtime city resident dies: A former director of the Bank of Green Bay and a retired watchmaker, Jacob Vander Zanden, 84, died Thursday at the home of his son, Norbert.

Born Sept. 15, 1870, in Uden, Province of North Brabant, Netherlands, he came to America in March, 1891. His first job was at Hockers Brick Yard in De Pere, where he became a mason's helper building smokestacks.

He had learned his trade as a watchmaker in Holland and during slack seasons worked for his brother, Henry, who had a jewelry store in De Pere. He started his own business in Fort Howard in April, 1893, in the old Commercial Hotel. On Jan. 17, 1894, he married the former Wilhelmena Van Laanen in De Pere. She died in October 1921.

A life member of the Elks, he retired from business in 1936. He was a member of St. Willebrord's Church.

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