Page 366-367 - Frank Oole, of the firm of Nydam & Oole, sheet metal and heating engineers, is a native of the Netherlands, born on February 22, 1884. When he was seven years old he came to Grand Rapids with his parents, John and Adriana (Zandyk) Oole, both natives of the Netherlands. The father, born on November 24, 1844, died in Grand Rapids on April 17, 1912, and the mother, born on January 24, 1844, died in Grand Rapids on November 18, 1924. Of the six children of that couple, three are now living. They were members of the Reformed church. Frank Oole received his preliminary education in the public and parochial schools of Grand Rapids. He started in upon his business career at a rather early age, first taking employment in the furniture factory and later becoming foreman for the R. A. Stanhouse Company, a sheet metal and hardware concern, and later working for the East Fulton Hardware, Heating and Plumbing Company. In 1923 he became a member of the present firm, of which company he is treasurer. He is a member of the American Aid Society and Moose Lodge. His religious affiliation is with the Calvary Reformed church. On April 8, 1910, he was joined in wedlock with Nellie Bogerd of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They had four children, Helen Pearl, born on October 31, 1910, who died on January 24, 1913; Earl Francis, born on December 4, 1911; Pearl Helen, born on June 25, 1914, and Eugene Gerald, born on November 19, 1918.
Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 29 January 2004