Aafje (Effie) Swier

Aafje (Effie) Swier[1]

Female 1889 - 1959  (70 years)

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  • Name Aafje (Effie) Swier  [2
    Born 11 Jan 1889  Bovenkarspel, Noord-Holland, Nederland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Immigration 9 Mar 1893  New York, New York County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Arrived aboard the Maasdam from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Nederland 
    Education 1915  St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Member of the first graduating class of St. Elisabeth School of Nursing (1915) and later graduate of the San Anselmo Theological Seminary in California 
    Census 16 Jan 1920  San Anselmo, Marin County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    registered nurse, theological school 
    Anecdote 5 Oct 1921  San Francisco, San Francisco County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Departure aboard the S.S. Siberia Maru for Kobe, Korea as a nurse missionary. 
    Anecdote 20 Jun 1923  Kobe, Korea Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Departure aboard the S.S. Empress of Russia for Vancouver, British Columbia en route to Yakima, Washington. 
    Census 1930  Wapato, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Died 16 Apr 1959  Summitview Manor Nursing Home, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6, 11
    Buried 18 Apr 1959  Holland Cemetery, Moxee, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    • gravemarker
    Person ID I52  LaZeut
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2020 

    Father Dirk (Dick) Swier,   b. 6 Dec 1855, Bovenkarspel, Noord-Holland, Nederland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1942, Moxee, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Aaltje (Alice) Zwier,   b. 10 May 1858, Enkhuizen, Noord-Holland, Nederland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1941, Moxee District, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 May 1879  Bovenkarspel, Noord-Holland, Nederland Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15, 16, 17
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jan 1889 - Bovenkarspel, Noord-Holland, Nederland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Arrived aboard the Maasdam from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Nederland - 9 Mar 1893 - New York, New York County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Member of the first graduating class of St. Elisabeth School of Nursing (1915) and later graduate of the San Anselmo Theological Seminary in California - 1915 - St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1930 - Wapato, Yakima County, Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Apr 1959 - Summitview Manor Nursing Home, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Apr 1959 - Holland Cemetery, Moxee, Yakima County, Washington Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Swier: Effie Swier Studio Photo ca. 1901
    Swier: Effie Swier Studio Photo ca. 1901
    Studio photo of Effie Swier (1889-1959) from about 1901. The Beck Studio in Yakima, Washington.
    Swier: Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier Family ca 1906
    Swier: Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier Family ca 1906
    Photo of Dirk (Dick) Swier (1855-1942) and Aaltje (Alice) Zwier family on the family farm in Moxee, Washington around 1906. From left to right: Dirk, daughters Alice and Effie, Aaltje holding son Ben, daughters Cora and Rena, and son Walter holding his brother Dick on the horse. (Tinted, low-resolution photocopy).
    Swier: Effie Swier, Studio Portrait ca. 1907
    Swier: Effie Swier, Studio Portrait ca. 1907
    Studio Portrait of Aafje (Effie) Swier (1889-1959) take about 1907.
    Swier: Effie Swier, Studio Photo, ca. 1907
    Swier: Effie Swier, Studio Photo, ca. 1907
    Studio photo of Aafje (Effie) Swier (1889-1959) taken around 1907.
    Swier: Cornelia, Gertrude, and Effie Swier with Unknown Woman, Studio Portrait, ca. 1907
    Swier: Cornelia, Gertrude, and Effie Swier with Unknown Woman, Studio Portrait, ca. 1907
    Studio portrait of three Swier sisters along with a fourth unidentified young woman. From left to right: Cornelia Swier (1885-1976), Effie Swier (1889-1959), Gertrude Swier (1887-1922), and unknown young woman, far right. "Weston, North Yakima, Washington."
    Swier: Effie Swier and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Classes, ca. 1907
    Swier: Effie Swier and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Classes, ca. 1907
    Photo of Effie Swier (second row, third from the right) and other nursing students at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing around 1907.
    Swier: Effie Swier and first class of the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing 1909
    Swier: Effie Swier and first class of the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing 1909
    Photo of Effie Swier (1889-1959) with the 1909 St. Elizabeth School of Nursing class. Standing, from left to right, Miss Hull (did not graduate), Effie Swier, Daisy Wydeness, Clare Madsen, Florence Humphrey, Gract McNiece (did not graduate), Miss Baima (did not graduate). Seated, from left to right, Bess Irvin, Sr. Benjamin (first director of the School of Nursing), and Clemma Madsen (unconfirmed ID). Photo ID's from family photo and the Sisters of Providence Archives (http://providencearchives.contentdm.oclc.org/). This was the first class to graduate from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, in Yakima, Washington.
    Swier: Effie Swier Nursing School Graduation Photo, 1909
    Swier: Effie Swier Nursing School Graduation Photo, 1909
    Photo of Effie Swier (1889-1959) taken upon graduation from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1909. Harsch Studio, North Yakima.
    Swier: Cornelia, Gertrude, and Effie Swier, Studio Portrait ca. 1910
    Swier: Cornelia, Gertrude, and Effie Swier, Studio Portrait ca. 1910
    Studio portrait of three Swier sisters. From left to right: Cornelia (1885-1976), Effie (1889-1959), and Gertrude (1887-1922). "Williams, North Yakima."
    Swier: Swier Sisters - Gertrude, Kate, and Effie, ca. 1910
    Swier: Swier Sisters - Gertrude, Kate, and Effie, ca. 1910
    Photo of Dirk Swier daughters Gerritje (Gertrude) (1887-1922), Trijntje (Kate) (1881-1969), and Aafje (Effie) (1889-1959). Date uncertain.
    Swier: Younger children of Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier ca. 1912
    Swier: Younger children of Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier ca. 1912
    Photo of the younger children of Dirk Swier (1855-1942) and Aaltje Zwier (1858-1941). Back row, from left to right: Aafje (Effie), Walter, and Aaltje (Alice). Front row Richard James (Dick), Rena, and Gerrit Benjamin (Ben).
    Swier: Effie Swier ca. 1915
    Swier: Effie Swier ca. 1915
    Photo of Effie Swier (1889-1959), perhaps taken around 1915.
    Zwier: Aaltje Zwier with Daughters and Grandchildren ca. 1916
    Zwier: Aaltje Zwier with Daughters and Grandchildren ca. 1916
    Photo of Aaltje (Alice) Zwier (1858-1941) with some of her daughters and grandchildren on the Swier farm in Moxee about 1916. From left to right, back row: Rena and Alice Swier, Kate Swier Jongeward, and Cora Swier Zeutenhorst, Aaltje Zwier, and Effie Swier. Standing immediately before Aaltje is grand-daughter Margaret Jongeward. In the front row: grandchildren Ethel Jongeward, Jeanette Zeutenhorst and John Zeutenhorst next to family dog, Tige.
    Swier: Effie Swier Missionary Nurse in Korea, ca. 1922
    Swier: Effie Swier Missionary Nurse in Korea, ca. 1922
    Photo of Effie Swier (1889-1959) holding the lamp in the foreground. She served as a Presbyterian missionary nurse in Pyeng Yang, Korea between 1921 and 1925.
    Swier: Effie Swier's House in Pyeng Yang, Korea ca. 1922
    Swier: Effie Swier's House in Pyeng Yang, Korea ca. 1922
    Photo of house where Effie Swier stayed in Pyeng Yang, Korea, when she served as nurse for the Presbyterian mission in Korea.
    Swier: Dirk Swier Children 1960s
    Swier: Dirk Swier Children 1960s
    Swier siblings at a family gathering in 1960s. Front row: Effie, Cora, Kate and Alice. Back row: Dick, Walter, and Ben.
    Swier: Effie Swier Celebrating Fourth of July, 1922 ca.
    Swier: Effie Swier Celebrating Fourth of July, 1922 ca.
    Photo of Effie Swier (1889-1959), far left with three others unknown. Likely taken in Korea for a Fourth of July celebration in 1922 while Effie served there as a missionary nurse.

    Documents
    Swier: Aafje Swier 1889 Geboorteakte
    Swier: Aafje Swier 1889 Geboorteakte
    Birth record of Aafje (Effie) Swier (b. 11 Jan 1889).
    Swier: Effie Swier Passport Application, 1921
    Swier: Effie Swier Passport Application, 1921
    Passport application submitted by Effie Swier (1889-1959) to travel to Korea as a Presbyterian missionary nurse. Filed in Yakima, Washington.
    Swier: Effie Swier Departure for Korea, 1921
    Swier: Effie Swier Departure for Korea, 1921
    Letter from The Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church submitted in support of Effie Swier's (1889-1959) passport application. The letter gives 5 Oct 1921 as her date of departure to Kobe, Korea from San Francisco aboard the Steamship Siberia Maru.
    Swier: Effie Swier Presence in Pyengyang, 1922
    Swier: Effie Swier Presence in Pyengyang, 1922
    Excerpt from the Annual Report of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church (1922) which references the presence of Effie Swier (1889-1959) in Pyengyang, Korea.
    Swier: Effie Swier U.S. Consular Registration Application, 1921
    Swier: Effie Swier U.S. Consular Registration Application, 1921
    U.S. State Department Application for Registration for Person Claiming Citizenship Through Naturalization of Parent (Dirk Swier) submitted by Effie Swier through the U.S. Vice Consul in Seoul, Korea.
    Swier: Effie Swier Departure from Korea, 1923
    Swier: Effie Swier Departure from Korea, 1923
    Canada, Ocean Arrivals Form 30A for Effie Swier (1889-1959) leaving Kobe, Korea aboard the Steamship Empress of Russia on 20 Jun 1923 for Vancouver, British Columbia en route to her home in Yakima, Washington.
    Swier: Effie Swier 1959 Newspaper Obituary
    Swier: Effie Swier 1959 Newspaper Obituary
    Newspaper obituary for Aafje (Effie Swier) (d. 16 Apr 1959).
    Swier: 'The [Dirk] Swiers in Colorado'
    Swier: "The [Dirk] Swiers in Colorado"
    Excerpt from Gertrude Korver's "The Swier Family History," including a 1968 letter from Cornelia Swier Zeutenhorst describing the 1893 immigration of the Dirk Swier family to Colorado, the conditions the family faced, and the decision to move on to Iowa. Further information on the Dutch experience in Crook, Colorado, can be found in Peter de Klerk's manuscript "Dutch Settlement in Crook, Colorado in 1893" which can be found on the website of Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS) at http://www.aadas.nl/sites/default/files/proceedings/1987_3_DeKlerk.pdf

    Headstones
    Gravemarker:  Swier, Effie (1889-1959)
    Gravemarker: Swier, Effie (1889-1959)
    Gravemaker of Aafje (Effie) Swier (d. 16 Apr 1959).

  • Notes 
    • Effie Swier was a member of the pioneer Holland settlement in Moxee... She came to the Yakima Valley in 1901 with her parents. The family was one of the original families of settlers with the Holland Group.

      She was a member of first graduating class of St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing in Yakima. She also graduated from the San Anselmo (California) Theological Seminary. Effie served as a medical missionary for five [two] years in Korea under sponsorship of Presbyterian Church.

      She returned to the States to help raise the children of her sister, Gertrude Labberton when she died. Later she moved to the family farm to care for her parents as they grew older and needed help in the home. Effie also helped with raising her sister Rena's boys, Bill and Jim,and Dick Labberton's daughter, Sally. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S835] Bovenkarspel: Geboorten 1889-1892, (FamilySearch: Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem), Akte No. 1 (1889).

    2. [S135] Swier Family Line, Donald Jongeward, compiler; updated by Norma Thompson, (Yakima, Washington: self-published, 2003 revision), p. 23.

    3. [S39] The Swier Family History, Gertrude Swier Korver, compiler, (Thomasville, Pennsylvania: self-published, 1989), p. 23.

    4. [S84] Dirk Swier Family Immigration Arrival, 1893, (Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.).

    5. [S562] Dutch Immigrants: New York Passenger Lists, 1881-1894, Robert P. Swierenga, compiler, (Ancestry: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. ).

    6. [S1654] Obituary: Swier, Effie, (Yakima Herald. Yakima, Washington, 17 April 1959, p. 4).

    7. [S196] U.S. Census, 1920, (Ancestry: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.).

    8. [S481] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, (Ancestry: National Archives, Washington, D.C.), Letter from the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions.

    9. [S1508] Canada, Ocean Arrivals, 1919-1924, (Ancestry: Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario).

    10. [S155] U.S. Census, 1930, (Ancestry: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.).
      Recorded with William Labberton household. Her sister Gertrude Swier Labberton had died in 1922.

    11. [S420] Washington State Death Records, (Washington State Archives. Department of Health, Death Index, 1907-1960; 1965-2014).

    12. [S10] Memorial Card: Miss Effie Swier, (Keith & Keith. Yakima, Washington, 18 April 1959).

    13. [S302] Find A Grave, Memorial# 20234377.

    14. [S859] Bovenkarspel: Huwelijken 1811-1888, (FamilySearch: Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem), Akte No. 7 (1879).

    15. [S55] WieWasWie, (Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie et al., Nederland, 2013+).

      Burgerlijke Stand Huwelijk met Dirk Swier en Aaltje Zwier

      Bruidegom: Dirk Swier
      Beroep: Landbouwer
      Geboorteplaats: Bovenkarspel
      Leeftijd: 23

      Bruid: Aaltje Zwier
      Geboorteplaats: Enkhuizen
      Leeftijd: 20

      Vader van de bruidegom: Wouter Swier
      Beroep: Landbouwer
      Moeder van de bruidegom: Dieuwertje Kaper

      Vader van de bruid: Jacob Zwier
      Beroep: Landbouwer
      Moeder van de bruid: Trijntje Rol

      Gebeurtenis: Huwelijk
      Datum: 01-05-1879
      Gebeurtenisplaats: Bovenkarspel

      Documenttype: BS Huwelijk
      Erfgoedinstelling: Noord-Hollands Archief
      Plaats instelling: Haarlem
      Collectiegebied: Noord-Holland
      Aktenummer: 7
      Registratiedatum: 01-05-1879
      Akteplaats: Bovenkarspel
      AkteSoort: H

    16. [S39] The Swier Family History, Gertrude Swier Korver, compiler, (Thomasville, Pennsylvania: self-published, 1989), pp. 9, 21, 23.

    17. [S135] Swier Family Line, Donald Jongeward, compiler; updated by Norma Thompson, (Yakima, Washington: self-published, 2003 revision), p. 2.

      m. 1879


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