As I think I've mentioned before Hilda's brother Willis was a grandfather of my cousin Mary who is to credit for much of the research and articles that have been found on our mutual Kraai ancestry. This family experienced an awful amount of tragedy between the years 1893-1922.
Hilda's father Albert Kraai (1870-1940) was the son of Jacob Kraai (1843-1930) and Dewurtje Siersema (1849-1902). It is said he spent some time at Pine Rest and after writing this I can see why.
Back row left to right: Kate, Sena, Henry, Thomas and Albert.
Front row left to right: Grace, Jacob, Frances, Dewurtje and Mary. The small daughter in the front is Bessie (born 1888 - the photo isn't dated but I'm guessing 1890-1892).
On 5/20/1893 Jacob's nephew Thomas Kraai (son of his brother Frank) died after falling down an elevator shaft:
On 3/24/1902 Dewurtje committed suicide by jumping headfirst into the neighbor farmer's well:
|Holland City News 3/28/1902|
|Holland City News 1/10/1907|
|Sakom "Simon" Dogger|
On 7/11/1921 Jacob's brother Liebertus "Lambert" Kraai hung himself:
|Holland Sentinel 7/13/1921|
|Holland Sentinel 4/3/1922|