Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

Carl C. Overeem

CARL C. OVEREEM is one of the progressive young citizens of Northwestern Kansas, was engaged in ministerial and welfare work for several years with the Baptist Church, but is now permanently located in business at Oronoque as manager of the Oronoque Lumber Company.

Mr. Overeem was born at Novinger in Adair County, Missouri, March 11, 1888. His father, Garrett Overeem, was a native of Holland and an expert shoemaker and cobbler, learning the trade in the old country. He grew up and married there, and his first wife died in Holland. She was the mother of two children, and one of them. Tunis, still lives in Holland and the other died in that country. Garrett Overeem on coming to the United States worked at his trade and finally settled in Missouri, where he lived successively at Novinger, Kirksville, Greencastle, Green City, Stahl and Millard. He died at Greencastle, Missouri, March 4, 1893. He married for his second wife Sarah Jones. She is now living at Oronoque, Kansas, with her only child and son, Carl C. Overeem.

The latter received his education in the public schools of Novinger, Missouri, attended high school and later was a student for four years in the William Jewell College at Liberty, Missouri. In the meantime he was called into the active service of the Baptist Church and served for a time as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Mosby, Missouri, in 1911. Mr. Overeem left college in 1912, and in 1913 was made pastor of the First Baptist Church of LaHarpe, Kansas. He had a very successful work there for 2 1/2 years, and for another two years was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Selden, Kansas. From September 1, 1917, to December 25, 1917, he traveled for the National Public Welfare League of Kansas City, Kansas, with the State of Nebraska as his territory. After some six or seven years of hard and conscientious work for church and humanity, involving much sacrifice on his part, Mr. Overeem in January, 1918, accepted an opportunity to get into business for himself at Selden. Here he worked as a yardman for the Foster Lumber Company, was transferred in the same capacity to Hoxie, and on September 5, 1918, was made manager of Oronoque Lumber Company's yard at Oronuque, where he is one of the popular and congenial younger citizens. Mr. Overeem is a democrat and an active member of the Baptist Church. He is affiliated with LaHarpe Lodge No. 325. Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and Silver Link Lodge No. 367, Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Selden.

May 28, 1913, at Kansas City, Kansas, he married Miss Nora Campbell, daughter of A. A. and Lillian (Owens) Campbell. Her parents live at Liberty, Missouri. Her father is a section foreman with the railroad. Mr. and Mrs. Overeem have two children: Woodrow, born July 10, 1914; and Rosella Vesta Mae, born March 17, 1918.

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