Feature

Name etched in concrete brings back memories for relatives

Herman Verbeek’s relatives (l.-r.) Sam Afrank, Bev Schuele and Janet Afrank.
“H VERBEEK.”
That was the named inscribed in a slab of concrete at the wooden livestock building on the Boone County Fairgrounds.
The name was found by chance when Chuck Rolf and other County Ag Society members were clearing out the building’s old pens to make room for new horse stalls.
It is assumed that the late Herman Verbeek, a former Boone County custodian, was helping to finish the concrete, but no one knows for sure.
The Verbeek name was certainly familiar to relatives Sam Afrank, Barb Zoucha, Janet Afrank and Bev (McBride) Schuele, and perhaps to some of the older residents in Albion who remember Herman Verbeek and his family.
Herman Verbeek, born Oct. 11, 1869 in Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands, was known in Albion first as an area farmer and later as custodian of the historic Boone County Courthouse.
Complete story in the July 7 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune.
H. Verbeek inscription in concrete at the fairgrounds.