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Frieda van Duyn


Sassenburg, Germany


White Rock, South Carolina




7th Day Adventist


Ewald Wilhelm Nimz


Emelia Marie Tesh


Cornelis Phillip van Duyn


Lilo Lise Lotta van Duyn, Cornelis Ysbrand van Duyn


German Nursing School


Registered Nurse - Germany, Apartment Owner, Landlord


Awarded the Iron Cross for Distinguished service during War times


Gardening, Helping the Poor, Flower Arranging


Frieda van Duyn was an independent woman especially for her time. She was awarded the Iron Cross Medal for distinguished service. She came to America in the 1920s to start a new life. She saved enough money from her nursing job to purchase 2 apartment buildings on the upper West side of New York City. However, like many, Frieda lost her buildings during the Great Depression when her tenants were unable to pay their rent. She married in her 30s and she and her Dutch husband ran a wholesale flower business. They owned and managed 5 flower farms up and down the northeast coastline supplying flowers to retailers from Maine to Florida. Those who knew Frieda well considered her a very generous, giving Christian woman. She believed you share God's blessings with those who are not as fortunate.