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Rock Sleyster (1879-1942)
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With thanks to Twilah DeBoer
who searched in Alto the Historical Museum and sent me these articles.

The Brandon Times
7 March 1942


A biography
about Rock's grandfather Roelof Sleyster
found in the Biographies of Fond du Lac Co. WI. 1880

Roeloef Sleyster, farmer and painter, Sec 15; P.O.Waupun; was born Dec. 25, 1815 in Zutphen, Holland; his faher was a painter and grainer, and Roelof learned the trade and worked with his father till 1846, when he came to America and settled on the present homestead.

He was married in Milwaukee, June 26, 1847 to Miss Johanna H. Liesveld, who was born April 6, 1822 in Arnheim, Holland; since that date they have lived on the home farm, the carrying on of which he has superintended and also worked at painting a portion of the time; he has been twenty-one ears Clerk of his school district, fourteen years Supervisor, and in 1870, was a member of the General Assembly from the First District of Fond du Lac Co.

They have had ten children, one of whom died in infancy, and nine are now living--Mary E., J. William, Johannna H., Liesveld A., Roelof H., Coba R., Henry J., Eva M., and Benjamin U.; four children are still at home in the spring of 1889.

He has 140 acres of land; raises grain and good grade live stock.  His son, Henry is raising blooded poultry.

Mr. Sleyster was one of the first settlers of Alto; he has never been in a law-suit, either as plaintiff or defendant.  He is a stalwar Republican , and so, also, is each son who has come of age.  He gives due honor to his worthy wife for her counsels and co-operation in earning life's successes.