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William Venema Collection, 1914-1961

By Richard Harms, January 2012

Collection Overview

Title: William Venema Collection, 1914-1961

ID: COLL/522

Creator: Venema, William (1893-1967)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Waste hauler and inventor in Chicago. The collection includes biographical data, information on the bulk-loading systems for waste hauling vehicles during the 1930s, and business records from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Biographical Note

William Venema (3 Sep 1893, Lucaswolde, Groningen, Netherlands - Mar 1967, Elmhurst, Illinois, USA) was born "Willem Veenema" to Jannes Veenema and his wife Grietje Dijk. Widowed, Grietje immigrated with her children to Chicago in 1913 and the surname was changed to Venema.  William began working various jobs including painting until he became a teamster, as a number of other Dutch immigrants in Chicago did. During World War I he served in the U.S. Army rising to the rank of sergeant. On 23 April 1919 he married Rose Tholen.

By 1930 Venema managed Citizens Disposal Systems, a waste hauling firm in the Chicago area.  During that decade he invented and patented several bulk-loading systems for waste hauling vehicles and began his own firm-Citizens Disposal Systems that became Industrial Waste Hauling in 1961. During World War II he worked in the Buick Aviation Engine Plant, in Melrose Park, Illinois.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Robert Swierenga

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Biographical documents --- 1919-1961
Folder 2: Invention correspondence --- 1937-1940
Folder 3: Invention drawings --- 1914-1937, undated
Folder 4: Patent material --- 1914-1939
Folder 5: Legal documents, business --- 1961
Folder 6: Fleet vehicle information --- 1940, 1961
Folder 7: Waste Hauling Equipment information --- 1958-1960
Folder 8: Waste hauling business documents --- 1958-1961
Folder 9: Stationery --- c.1960