Bernice Johnson Stuyvenberg, 1920-2012

Part of the Centennial Memory Project has been to collect video interviews of Kimberly residents who can remember the early days of the Village. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Mary Lamers, for her care and time spent gathering, creating, and editing the videos! Here are some clips from Mary’s interview with Bernice Stuyvenberg. Bernice moved to Kimberly at the age of 9 and was born in 1920. She passed away at the age 91 on January 18, 2012. We are grateful to have been able to preserve her stories.

Bernice talks about coming to Kimberly at the age of 9 and her uncle’s tavern.

Here, she talks about The Clubhouse.

Bernice shares her story about meeting her husband, Dickie Stuyvenberg, and the difficulties of religion and love.

We hope to make the complete interview available on DVD for checkout at the library soon. Stay tuned!


Conrad’s Bar

Conrad's Bar Bowling Team

“by Wilma (Conrad) Weyenberg”

Ruth Johnson
Marie Vander Zanden
Anna Van Thull
Alice (Conrad) Davidson
Ann Van Himbergen
Rose Ann Freund

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

School Girls in Costume

School Girls in Costume

Girls dressed in attire from the countries they came from.
November 24, 1942

Back Row, Left to Right:
Dottie Browers, (tall girl?), Gail Barand, Nancy Verhagen, Nancy Hartjes, Lorie Johnson
(Nancy Hartjes and Lorie Johnson are twin cousins, born on the same day.)

Front Row, Left to Right:
Bonnie Krueger, Rose Marie Courchane, Theresa Conrad, Janet Dix

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel