"Round Robins"

In 1927 a group of close, long-time friends formed a group and named themselves ‘The Round Robins’. 

 

In 1981 they compiled a book with each lady contributing their own life story and photo.

The Round Robins

Since birds of a feather flock together,

Our Round Robins prove this true,

We’ve been very close for umpteen years,

And love for each other is the clue.

By Josephine DeHaan Wyma


The "Round Robins" listed below are located in the Zeeland Museum's research room.

 

Compiled by Suzy Frederick - November 2017

Updated:


MY MOTHER WAS A "ROBIN"  

The idea was that there were 12 women and they would each take a month and contribute a letter to a large envelope.   After one year, the letter packet would come back to your house.  You would take out your old letter, and replace it with a new one giving the highlights of your life in the previous year.  It was always a red letter day at my house with the round robin packet came in the mail.  

 

As one of the few robins who stayed in Zeeland, my mother hosted various robin get-togethers when a robin from out of town came back for a visit.  A few robins stayed in Zeeland but others moved to Boston, to the Upper Peninsula, to Florida to California.

 

They shared  tragedy and heartache in their letters, as well as successes and happy milestones.   The Round Robins were some of the most interesting people in my childhood.

 

Written by Linda Kolk, January 15, 2018 - used with permission


Last Name

First Name

Maiden Name

Page No.

Bouma

Nella Gertrude

Derks

9

Cameron

Ruth Lois

Glerum

19

Faber

Ada

Bouwens Staal

5

Karsten

Lavina

Meeusen

2

Lake

Esther

Glerum

17

Lake

Esther

Glerum

29

Pennell

Naomi Janet

Van Loo

4

Steed

Frances Nell

Dunkirk

24

Steed

Frances

Dunkerk

25

Steed

Frances

Dunkerk

26

Stout

Ellen

Cook

11

Tanis

Alta

Hendricks

13

Van Dyke

Dorothy

Van Dyke

15

Van Ingen

Ruth Eva

Goozen

21

Wybenga

Marguerite

Post Heyboer

23

Wyma

Jose

 

1

Wyma

Josephine

De Haan

7