|In February of 1875, six Dutch families arrived in Portland, Oregon from De Pere,
Wisconsin. These six families were among those who established a small Catholic Colony
near Forest Grove, Oregon in the early spring of 1875. The colony was later named
"Verboort," in honor of Reverend William Augustine Verboort who joined the
colony in September of the same year.
- Johannes (John) Verboort and his wife Theodora de
Rayt, with their oldest son Johannes (John) Verboort (junior). Reverend William Augustine
Verboort was one of Johannes and Theodoras sons.
- Albertus (Albert) Verboort and his wife Antonetta
Jansen. Albertus and Antonetta were accompanied by their 2 children.
- John (Adrian) van der Velden and
his wife Angeline Kuene. They had 1 child (Anna).
- Anthony Krieger, who was accomanied
by his wife (Mary Martin) and their 3 children. Marys father, Peter, also arrived
with them...as did Anthonys brother, John).
- Martin Hermens and his wife
Theodora Verboort, as well as their 5 children.
- Hendrina Jansen, a widow, who was traveling with
her son (Peter) and his wife (Johanna Hendricks).