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133-Year-Old Walvoord Family Bible Returned

When Wilene Rushing attended an estate sale in Plano, Texas recently, she found and purchased a what she thought was a small “German” Bible published in 1884.

Written inside the Bible was the name, “Alvin Walvoord Cedar Grove Jan 10 1900.”

Nearly any Walvoord would know that “Cedar Grove” was referring to the one in Wisconsin where many of the first Walvoord immigrants from the Netherlands settled.

Wilene knew this was a find that some family would treasure.  Searching the Internet, she contacted WalvoordHistory.com, by making a post about it on the Comments Page.

She posted, “Next page Antoinette born Oct 16 1888 Alvin born Dec 30 1890 Mabel born May 19 1893 Agnes born July 10 1896 Mother died Sept 5 1897”

Those names, were the names and birth-dates of Alvin and his sisters and the death of his mother.

Inside the title page are written the birth-dates of the children of Tony Walvoord (1857-1941) and Jane M. (Pott) Walvoord (1867-1897). At the bottom of the page, is the date “Mother” (Jane Walvoord) died, “September 5, 1897.”

It is possible that this Bible was presented to Alvin for a 10th birthday present or perhaps a church confirmation of some sort.

Since it was in Dutch, it might’ve belonged to one of his parents (who were both born in Wisconsin, but whose parents were all born in the Netherlands).  The Dutch language was still spoken locally at this time and Dutch was even still preached from the pulpit.

Alvin Walvoord’s Bible published in 1884 has a spine no taller than a fountain pen.

Could it have belonged to Jane M. (Pott) Walvoord before it was given to Alvin? She died in 1897 and Tony Walvoord remarried Sarah Jane Hilbelink on November 29, 1900.

Was it a gift from one of Alvin’s Dutch grandparents?

We may not know the answers to these questions.  That’s some of the fun of family history, to ask the questions. The fact that it was in Dutch and Alvin’s mother had died just more than two years before, makes one wonder. But my guess would be, that it was always Alvin’s Bible.

According to David Laux Walvoord, grandson of Alvin Walvoord and son of Alvin Walvoord, Jr., the Bible ended up in that estate sale by accident. The Bible had been in the possession of Clara Frances (Walvoord) Hudspeth, daughter of Alvin and older sister of Alvin, Jr.

She has been moved to a retirement home and her house had been sold, and “it had just slipped through the cracks.”

Decorative flyleaf of Alvin Walvoord’s Bible published in 1884.

Psalm 23 and 24, in the Dutch Language Bible of Alvin Walvoord. Interesting that the Psalms (Songs) of the Bible are set to music. I haven’t seen an English Language Bible Psalms’ set to music.

I posted to Wilene, that Alvin Walvoord, Jr. was still alive and residing in Midland, Texas (he is a retired judge).  I let her know that I was friends with his son David and daughter Leanna on Facebook and that I would pass this information on to them.

David and Leanna were very interested and reached out to Wilene.

Wilene was great and this treasure was returned to the family.

Incidentally, Leanna Walvoord (now Bond) and Jeanan Walvoord (now Hamilton) attended Baylor University at the same time and met one another.  It is rare running into another Walvoord.  They were trying to figure out how they were related to each other and couldn’t quite figure it out.  They both knew how they were related to John F. Walvoord of Dallas Theological Seminar and were able to figure it out from there!





Updated: May 30, 2017 — 8:26 PM

Walvoords Celebrate 65 Years of Marriage!

David and Peggy (Phillips) Walvoord were married on April 13, 1952.

David Randall Walvoord, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, married Naomi Ruth “Peggy” Phillips, a native of Shamrock,Texas on April 13, 1952 in Locust Grove, Texas.

After being set up on a blind date by David’s sister Joann who worked with Peggy at the phone company, David and Peggy started dating.

Five months later, on April 13, 1952, David and Peggy married each other in Locust Grove Baptist Church in Locust Grove, Texas.

The pastor that married them was Clayton Watkins who was the same pastor that baptized Peggy at age 13. Joann (Walvoord) Forbes was Peggy’s Matron of Honor and Bill Forbes was David’s Best Man.

David, is the second of seven children born to  Randall and Elizabeth Walvoord.

Peggy is the fourth of five children born to Elmo and Callie (Henshaw) Phillips.

David and Peggy had three boys, Keith, Kit, and Scott.

Kit, their second son died in 2014.

David and Peggy have six grandchildren. Kirk, Tyler, Preston, Caroline, Catherine, and Katie Grace.


Wedding Cake

Cutting the cake.

(left to right) Callie Phillips (mother of the bride), Peggy Walvoord (bride), David Walvoord (groom), Elizabeth Walvoord (mother of the groom), and Randall Walvoord (father of the groom)

David and Peggy Walvoord 2010

David and Peggy Walvoord 2010

Updated: May 30, 2017 — 8:27 PM

Walvoord helps win Badgers First Basketball Title

On, Wisconsin!

With “March Madness” in full swing, it appropriate to look back at some “Historical Hysteria.”

Did you know that a Walvoord was on The University of Wisconsin’s first Badger Basketball Championship team?

Anthony J. Walvoord from Sheboygan County played on the 1904-1905 Badger Basketball team.

The team went 10-3 on the season and won the Western Championship, the schools first basketball title!  UW beat previously undefeated Chicago University in the championship 29-24.

This was the first team coached by Emmett Angell who came to UW as a gymnasium instructor and served as head basketball coach through 1908. His teams compiled an overall record of 43-15 for a winning percentage of .714, best to date in UW basketball history.

Anthony J. Walvoord from Sheboygan County played on the 1904-1905 Badger Basketball team. He is shown here seated to the far left.

For more on Anthony Walvoord, click here.

Updated: May 30, 2017 — 8:30 PM

Arlan Jay Walvoord (1955-2016)

Arlan Jay Walvoord (1955-2016)

Arlan J. Walvoord, 60 of Firth died Saturday, February 13, 2016. He was a former systems computer programmer with the State of Nebraska and a member of Living Life Reformed Church. Arlan’s focus in life was to follow Jesus, love his family, and love his church community.

Survivors: wife, Bonnie; daughter, Chelsea Walvoord of Lincoln; son, Brian of Firth; two grandchildren, Hudson and Everson; sister, Elaine (Bill) Biggs of Lincoln; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Martha and brothers, Edgar and Ronald.

Memorial services: 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 17 at Living Life Reformed Church, Firth. Pastor Jim Koopman. Private family burial prior to memorial service. Memorials to church. Visitation with family: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, Hickman.

Updated: February 10, 2017 — 5:58 AM

Marion Jane (Meerdink) Walvoord (1924-2016)

Marion J. Walvoord, 92, of Oostburg died peacefully early on Thursday morning,
October 6, 2016 at Pine Haven Residential Home in Sheboygan Falls where she had
resided for the past year.

Marion was born on May 31, 1924, in the Town of Lima, the daughter of the late
Arthur and Jenny (Oonk) Meerdink. Marion attended Oostburg High School. On
December 28, 1945 she married Lloyd J. Walvoord in Hingham. She and her husband
owned and operated a dairy farm in the Town of Holland for many years. Lloyd
preceded her in death following 61 years of marriage.

Marion was a member of the First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove, the Ladies Aid
and Senior group there. She was also a member of the Homemakers Club. Marion
enjoyed hymn sings and playing the harmonica and piano, bingo and card games,
gardening, freezing and canning, travel and spending time with her family and

Marion is survived by four daughters, Jean Steinhardt of Plymouth, Barbara
(Wayne) Claerbout of Gibbsville, Donna (Jerry) Schneider of Hartford, and Mary
(James) Roethel of Oostburg; four sons, Kenneth (Jeanne) Walvoord of Oostburg,
Roger Walvoord of Oostburg, Gary (Robyn) Walvoord of Kansasville, Randall
(Linda) Walvoord of Oostburg; 16 grandchildren, Michael Steinhardt, Julie (Kent)
Kowitz, Jim (Dawn) Claerbout, Amy (Tom) Bruggink, Teresa (Dennis) Egerer, Ryan
(Jessica) Walvoord, Eric (Esther) Schneider, Aaron (Megan) Schneider, Andrew
(Annika) Schneider, Benjamin Walvoord, Nicholas Walvoord, Angela (Ben) Wendorf,
Rev. Michelle (Josh) Gross, Grant (Rachel) Roethel, Katie (EJ) Saldana, Jonathan
Walvoord; 16 great grandchildren; one sister, Doris Carlson of Minnesota; and
one brother, A. Glenn (Sharon) Meerdink of Ohio.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; one grandson, Shawn
Walvoord; one brother-in-law, Kenneth Carlson, and a step brother, LaMont
(Arlean) Daane.

A funeral to celebrate Marion’s life will take place at the First Reformed
Church in Cedar Grove on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 11 am with the Revs. Kent
Vant Hul and Michelle Gross officiating. Burial will follow at Hingham Cemetery
in the Town of Lima.

Family and friends will gather at the church on Sunday from 4-7 pm, and on
Monday from 10 am until the time of the service.

For online condolences and additional information please visit

A memorial fund is being established in her memory for First Reformed Church.

The Walvoord family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the
staffs at Pine Haven Residential Home and St. Nicholas Home Health Care and
Hospice for the loving and dedicated care given to Marion and their family.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg (920-564-2771) is serving the
Walvoord family.

Updated: February 10, 2017 — 5:59 AM

Wilber Wayne Walvoord (1927-2016)

Wilber Wayne Walvoord (1927-2016)

Wilbur W. Walvoord, age 89, passed away on May 12, 2016 at his Sabina, Ohio home.

He was born on April 9th, 1927 in Ravenna, Ohio, the youngest of four children of Clarence and Fern (Rogers) Walvoord. He spent his childhood on his parents’ sheep farm in Edinburg, Ohio, and graduated from Edinburg high school with his sweetheart, Marjory Buchanan, who became his wife in 1946. He served as a radio man in the navy during WWII, then graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in Agriculture and became a lifelong Buckeye fan. He managed several farms in Ohio and, after retiring from farming. When he was 70 years old, he designed and built a beautiful log home where he and Marj lived the rest of their lives. His hobbies were building and repairing clocks and furniture, and, being a farmer, he could fix anything. He solved the crossword puzzles, cryptograms, and jumbles in the daily newspaper and could guess the Wheel of Fortune puzzles long before anyone else had a clue. Although he was quiet and reserved, he always came up with a clever quip. He was a loving and steadfast husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and his absence has left an enormous void.

Wilbur was preceded in death by Marjory (Buchanan) Walvoord, his wife of 59 years, his parents, and two siblings, Roseanne (Roy) Hastings, and Roger (Inabel) Walvoord.

He is survived by his sister, Margaret (Elbert) Steele, sons Wayne, John (Nancy), and Michael (Gloria Roberts) Walvoord, daughters Christine Finch and Deborah Walvoord, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many extended family members.

A memorial service is planned for August 20, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., at the Edinburg Cemetery Chapel (Route 14, Ravenna, Ohio).

Updated: February 10, 2017 — 6:00 AM

Merry Christmas from WalvoordHistory.com!

Jeanette Hester Walvoord
Jeanette Hester Walvoord

Jeanette Hester Walvoord (1905-2003) at Christmas time about 1905. Jeanette was the daughter of Will and Lydia Walvoord and granddaughter of Henry and Henrietta Walvoord.

Updated: May 30, 2017 — 8:35 PM

Walvoords Celebrate 55 years of Marriage!

Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Walvoord on December, 16, 1961.

John Earl “Johnny” Walvoord, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, married Caroline Nan “Nan” Spears, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on December 16, 1961 in Pine Bluff.

Johnny, is the fourth of seven children born to  Randall and Elizabeth Walvoord.  Nan is the third of four children born to Ira and Helen (West) Spears.

Johnny and Nan have two children.  Son, Shaun and daughter Jeanan.

Daughter, Jeanan, describes her dad as “a patient, smiling, loyal, gentle, quiet, saver, math genius, hard worker.”

She describes her mom as, “the life of the party, generous, loving, shopper, talker, fun, smart, everyone’s best friend!”

But states that, “their common bond is their love & honor for our Savior. I’m so blessed I get to call them my parents! Happy 55th!!!”

Nan (Spears) Walvoord with her wedding attendants. Betty Jo Walvoord, sister of the groom, is at the far left.

The Proposal

She said, “YES!”

Updated: May 30, 2017 — 8:36 PM

“Football is Family” since 1895.

The NFL advertisements say “Football is Family.”  For the Walvoord Family, “Family is also Football”… for FOUR Generations since 1895!


My Great-grandfather, my grandfather, my dad, and I, all played football.

Below are photos of FOUR generations of Walvoord football players.


1895 Football Team (probably Sheboygan High School in Wisconsin) when John G. Walvoord (1872-1932) played football at age 23. He is second from the right on the middle row with arms folded.



Close up of John Garret Walvoord from his 1895 Football Team when he played football at age 23.



1921 Football photo (Sheboygan High School in Wisconsin) where Randall Henry Walvoord (1904-1978) played football when he was 17-years-old. He is second from the left on the back row.



Close up of Randall Henry Walvoord in 1921. He was 17-years-old in this photo.



1945 Sam Houston Jr. High School Football Team (Amarillo, Texas) where David Randall Walvoord played football when he was 14-years-old. He is in the bottom photo, first from the right, back row.


Close up of David Walvoord in 1945.


1972 6th Grade Football Team at Belmar Elementary in Amarillo, Texas where Scott Walvoord played football at age 11. He is number 89 (Mike Ditka’s number when he was a Dallas Cowboy at this time).


Close up of Scott Walvoord in 1972.


Four Generations of Walvoord Football Players in 1895, 1921, 1945, 1972

Four Generations of Walvoord Football Players in 1895, 1921, 1945, 1972


Updated: May 31, 2017 — 3:26 AM

Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrated

Betty Jo (Walvoord) Dillon, is the sixth of seven children born to Randall and Elizabeth Walvoord. Fifty Years ago on September 3, 1966, Betty Jo married Michael Lee Dillon in Amarillo, Texas.

Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Dillon!  They have two children and two grandchildren and live in Marshall, Texas.

Betty Jo (Walvoord) and Michael Dillion.

Betty Jo (Walvoord) and Michael Dillion.



Updated: May 31, 2017 — 4:44 PM

Happy July Fourth!

4th of July in Wisconsin c. 1912

Happy Fourth of July from the Walvoord Family! Over a 100 years ago today (c. 1912), this photo was taken of the Walvoord Family in Wisconsin. My great-grandfather (John Garrett Walvoord) is sitting in the middle (with the white hat) my grandfather (Randall Henry Walvoord) is the little boy at the back corner of the wagon wearing a hat and holding an American Flag.

4th of July in Wisconsin c. 1912

Walvoord Family celebrating the 4th of July in Wisconsin c. 1912

Updated: May 31, 2017 — 4:46 PM

Happy Thanksgiving

imageHappy Thanksgiving from our Walvoord Family to yours!


Updated: May 31, 2017 — 4:47 PM

Academy Award® Nominee

How Train Your Dragon 2 has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature

Dave Walvoord is the Visual Effect Supervisor for DreamWorks Animation.  Their Animated feature, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is nominated for Best Animated Feature.  Best of luck to Dave Walvoord and the rest of the DreamWorks team tonight!

How Train Your Dragon 2 has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature

How Train Your Dragon 2 has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Dave Walvoord is the Visual Effects Supervisor for DreamWorks Animation.

Dave Walvoord

Dave Walvoord

Dave Walvoord most recently served as visual effects supervisor on How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the 2010 Academy Award®–nominated blockbuster. Prior to his work on How to Train Your Dragon 2, Walvoord served as a CG supervisor on the Academy Award®–nominated film Kung Fu Panda, and as the head of lighting on the Academy Award®–nominated Kung Fu Panda 2. In addition, he worked as a CG supervisor on both Over the Hedge and the Academy Award®–nominated Shark Tale.

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Walvoord worked at Blue Sky Studios as a supervising technical director on the animated feature Ice Age and as a digital effects supervisor on the Academy Award®–winning short “Bunny.” In the live-action realm, he has contributed his talents to Fight Club and Star Trek: Insurrection.

Walvoord received a master of science degree in visualization science and a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Texas A&M University. He currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board at that institution.

Updated: May 31, 2017 — 4:51 PM

Flashback Friday, The Randall and Elizabeth Walvoord Family

The Randall and Elizabeth Walvoord Family in Amarillo, Texas in January of 1955. (Left to Right) Joann, Johnny, Elizabeth, Randall, David, Mary. In front, Betty Jo, Gary, and Randy.

The Randall and Elizabeth Walvoord Family in January 1955.

The Randall and Elizabeth Walvoord Family in Amarillo, Texas in January of 1955. (Left to Right) Joann, Johnny, Elizabeth, Randall, David, Mary. In front, Betty Jo, Gary, and Randy.

The Randall and Elizabeth Walvoord Family in Amarillo, Texas in January of 1955. (Left to Right) Joann, Johnny, Elizabeth, Randall, David, Mary. In front, Betty Jo, Gary, and Randy.

Updated: May 31, 2017 — 4:51 PM

2014 The Year in Review

2014 The Year in Review

2014 The Year in Review

Happy 2015 everyone!  Walvoord History.com (as usual) has great plans for the next year. And (as usual) those plans may or may not get accomplished.

First, the year in review:

  • WalvoordHistory.com, the website is sporting a new look using a “responsive” WordPress theme called Frontier. This theme has great flexibility and makes the website look consistent no matter if you are on a PC or iPhone or a tablet.
  • I found a simple photo Slide Show plugin called Portfolio Slideshow Pro.
  • I also added a plugin called “Add Link to Facebook” which allows new WalvBlog posts or new web pages to add a link to our new Walvoord/Walvoort History Facebook page. The Dutch developer of the plugin recently pulled the plug on support for any of his WordPress plugins and no more updates will be happening, so I may have to find another solution when it stops working.  Apparently something about taxes (VAT) the European Union has implemented was the cause and his dissatisfaction with WordPress.
  • Also, at the bottom of each post or page now shows when it was last updated. If you think you’ve already read a Walv-Blog post or web page, this will help you to see if anything has changed since you last read it.  If there are any major changes (including new photos) to the page or post, I will “push it out” to the Facebook page for you to click on.

As far as Genealogy…

  • No births or marriages were reported to me for 2014, so if you have any family news you would like to share, please do.

We lost as least five Walvoords during the year including, my brother Kit.

  • Kit Randall Walvoord (age 56) died in January in Amarillo, Texas.
  • Michael John Walvoord (age 44) died in June in Austin, Texas.
  • John David Walvoord (age 71) died in October in Commerce, Texas.
  • Stacey (Hill) Walvoord (age 37) died in November in Arlington, Texas.
  • James Randall Walvoord (age 69) dying in December in Dallas, Texas. 

Also, Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (Roger) Carpenter (age 93) died in December in Madison, Wisconsin. Betty was the daughter of Ada Adeline Walvoord (1889-1959) and was the last of my grandfather’s first cousins.

I was not made aware of any other deaths in the Walvoord Family.

Second, Looking forward…

  • I have several new biographies nearly ready to publish.  I just need to do some more editing and searching for better photos.  If you have any biographical information, photos, or stories to share about your Walvoord/Walvoort ancestor, please share those with me and I will try to publish them on the website.
  • I have an idea to make an obituary archive page.  I will try to organize it by date or by name, not sure until I play around with it to see what works best. Some obituaries will be digital and other will be an image.  I have lots so it may take a while. Please send in any obituaries from your branch and I will do my best to get them included.  No obituary is too old or too recent.
  • I also have an idea to make a photo slide show of wedding/engagement photos from throughout the years from all years. Please send any that you want included.
  • I have several distant cousins who have promised me information and photos from their branches and hope to add those things to the website when received.
  • I plan on writing biographies on my dad’s generation (aunt and uncles).
  • I also have a list of Blog topics to write about that I hope will be of interest to the Family.

Please keep the emails and comments coming!  I love hearing from you.

Scott Walvoord

Nashville, Tennessee



Updated: May 31, 2017 — 4:52 PM

A TBT (Throw Back Thursday) Christmas

Jeanette Hester Walvoord
Jeanette Hester Walvoord

Jeanette Hester Walvoord (1905-2003) at Christmas time about 1905. Jeanette was the daughter of Will and Lydia Walvoord and granddaughter of Henry and Henrietta Walvoord.

TBTC (Throw Back Thursday Christmas).  This is Jeanette Hester Walvoord circa 1905.  She was the daughter of William “Will” Walvoord (1877-1973) and Alyda “Lydia” (Lemmenes) Walvoord (1882-1964).

Updated: May 31, 2017 — 4:54 PM
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