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De Koster, Sarah Poppen, 1891-1957



  • Existence: 1891 - 1957


Sarah Poppen was born in 1891, to Anna Van Zwaalenberg, a homemaker, and Rev. Jacob Poppen. The oldest of three children, Poppen was born in Holland, Michigan, but the family moved frequently - from Michigan to New Jersey to Oklahoma to Japan - due to Jacob Poppe's work as a pastor. Poppen attended Vassar College on a scholarship but left after her first year. She later graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and settled in Hull, Iowa, where she taught high school German and Latin. On June 14, 1917 Poppen married John De Koster and retired from teaching. She had five children. The couple co-founded the American Reformed Church, where Sarah De Koster led the women’s groups and became the first woman elected to the school board. De Koster died in car accident in 1957 on her way to visit her daughters in Texas.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Sarah Poppen De Koster papers

Identifier: IWA0841

Family correspondence received by a pastor's wife during the early twentieth century.

Dates: 1896-1932