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Alice Venhuizen (1906-1996) | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Name: Alice Venhuizen (1906-1996)

Historical Note:

Alice Venhuizen was born on June 3, 1906 in Granum, Alberta, Canada. The Venhuizen family immigrated to the United States and settled in Bozeman, Montana. After she graduated from high school, Venhuizen taught school for six years. Venhuizen was very passionate about becoming a nurse; however, she accepted the call from Rehoboth, New Mexico to become a teacher in the southwest. She was the first teacher in the District School, a school for non-Native American children. After six years of teaching in Rehoboth, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She took her nursing training in Chicago. Venhuizen returned to New Mexico to serve at the Rehoboth Mission Hospital in 1935 and remained there until 1943. In 1945, she married John Peterson. On April 8, 1996, Venhuizen passed away in Kent County, Michigan.

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