Abraham Vanderpool, b1709, Descendants

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  • ID: I5859
  • Name: Robert Ingersol VANDERPOOL
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 30 OCT 1915 in Dikeman, Alaska
  • Event: Record Change 13 MAR 2015
  • Death: 28 SEP 2010 in Georgetown, Bethel Census Area, Alaska
  • Note:
    Home in 1940: Kuskokwim, Fourth Judicial Division, Alaska (1 Apr)
    Robert I Vanderpool, 23, AK, Eskimo, Fur Trapper & Fisherman
    Alice P Vanderpool, Wife, 23, AK, Eskimo, Postmaster & Weather Observer
    Lewis Vanderpool, Brother, 5, AK, Eskimo

    Social Security Death Index:
    Name: Robert I. Vanderpool
    Last Residence: Red Devil, Bethel, Alaska
    Born: 30 Oct 1915
    Died: 28 Sep 2010
    State (Year) SSN issued: Alaska (Before 1951)

    Alaska aviator Bob Vanderpool, a `pilot for the Natives:
    BIG DELTA, Alaska - After leaving Sleetmute, we followed the bends past Red Devil lodge to an interview in Georgetown I´d anticipated for 12 years.
    Around a curve in the river, we docked our inflatable canoe near a cluster of neat homes overshadowed by a towering green mountain. I hurried to meet 94-year-old pioneer bush pilot, Robert ``Bob´´ I. Vanderpool and his wife, Ann Frederick Vanderpool. Bob´s eyes were bright, often expressing more than his modest words. Vanderpool´s father born about 1865 in Missouri, followed the gold rush to Dawson where he mined for several years. Around 1891 he followed the stampede to Flat/Iditarod, rafting down toward the new claims. In Anvik, at 46, he met and married Ingalik teenager, Sophie Belkoff, moving up the Innoko River. Vanderpool´s older brother Woody (Woodward Wilson) was born in Shageluk In 1913. Vanderpool arrived two years later in Dikeman, followed by his sister Avis the following year. There were nine children altogether, the other six born at a family homestead ``above the bend´´ at McGrath. Vanderpool picks up the story from here: ``In 1924 by telegraph, we learned that on Feb. 21, Alaska´s first mail plane would be arriving in McGrath. We got out of school to watch for Carl Ben Eielson´s arrival in his DeHavilland airplane. I can still see the guys on the sod roof watching the skies. Pretty soon people were hollering, pointing eastways, `We see an airplane coming!´ ``I went through the eighth grade. My father was having a hard time supporting all nine children so the youngest were sent away to the Jesse Lee Home in Seward. After finishing school, I used a fish wheel and shipped the fish home to McGrath while living at Crooked Creek, Red Devil and Sleetmute. (Until 1929 when I was 14, the mail was still relying on dog teams so dried fish were still in great demand.) ``When I was 20, my dad disappeared. He may´ve fallen through the ice on his way to spring camp; his body was never found. When I was 29, in 1944, I worked for three years as a flight mechanic for pilot Frank Barr at Gillam Airlines. Gillam had the first mail contract, Fairbanks to Bethel. Someone had a Piper J3 with a 50 hp Franklin engine for $1550. I bought it and with it, took lessons at the instructors range. I got 200 hours, took a test at Merrill Field and about 1953 I got my commercial license. The planes were slow then and you could see what you were doing. There was poor communication and mostly all we had was sand bars and river ice for strips, but a 400- to 500 foot sand bar was good enough. If we couldn´t land due to high water, we´d kick the mail out sometimes, but not often. "About 1950, when I was 35, and after an earlier failed marriage, I married 17-year-old Ann Frederick, Margie Mellick´s sister. In 1954, Robert W. was born who, in 1998, took over Vanderpool Flying Service at Red Devil." ``I worked for Ray Petersen´s AIA (Alaska International Air) who had a subcontract for the mail to fly from Stony River to Aniak twice a week, but he needed small airplanes. So for 20 years, I delivered the mail for him to Red Devil, Stony River, Sleetmute, Crooked Creek and Aniak as well as running Vanderpool Flying Services. ``I grubstaked trappers, but none of them had any money. I´d haul grub and dried fish out to the hills for 30-40 days in trade for part of their marten catch which I´d sell to fur buyers. ``Over the years, I had parts of maybe 50 or so planes. I bought old military airplanes, fixed and sold them to buy more. I started out with J3s, four-seater 180 Cessnas, a six-seater airplane and a DC3, 21seater for freighting. The DC3 was pretty cheap them days: $40,000 I paid. ``We used wooden props, but when the propeller hit that crusted snow, the prop often broke off. Once at Cripple Creek, the plane went in the river upside down. I swam out, but when I realized the passenger was still inside, I had to swim back. I have survived a lot of crashes. ``After 50 years of flying, when I was 79, I quit. (After having a stroke, I flew myself from Georgetown to Red Devil.) ``In 2008 when I in the hospital, the village of Nikolai sent someone to thank me for flying the Orthodox priest to their village, for many years, gratis. I received citations from the Kuskokwim Corp and, on Jan. 28, 2010, from the Sleetmute Traditional Council.´´ As Vanderpool listened, I read Sleetmute´s tribute to him, ``The village of Sleetmute would like to thank you for the selfless service you have given to Sleetmute and the whole Kuskokwim drainage. Years ago when aviation was in its infancy, you became a well respected pioneer and bravely transported people and goods everywhere. It is difficult to go anywhere in the delta and not hear someone tell about `the time Bob Vanderpool saved my life.´ Your bravery and courage transported many people to emergency health care even in the foulest of weather. Thank you for all,´´ signed by families up and down the river. Silently, Bob´s eyes filled with tears. ``I was the pilot for the Natives,´´ he explained. Two months later, just before his 95th birthday, on Sept. 28 , Robert I. Vanderpool passed away at his home in Georgetown, a pillar of a bygone era. (Judy Ferguson is author of six Alaska books, the most recent, ``Bridges to Statehood, the Alaska-Yugoslav Connection,´´ is at her website: http://alaska-highway.org/ delta/outpost. This is the fourth installment chronicling the author´s canoe/raft trip on the Kuskokwim River.)
    (http://www.newsminer.com/view/full_story/10540200/article-Alaska-aviator-Bob-Vanderpool--a-`pilot-for-the-Natives´)

    Note: Georgetown is an unincorporated Alaska Native village located in the Bethel Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska. The population as of the 2000 census was 3. Georgetown is located at 61'b053'N 157'b042'W on the north bank of the upper Kuskokwim River in the Kilbuck-Kuskokwim mountains. It is 16 miles (26 km) downstream of Red Devil just upstream of the mouth of the George River. Georgetown is accessible by boat, snowmobile (winter), or small plane.

    Robert "Bob" Vanderppol (Grampa)
    Posted by Jonathan on 10/6/2010, 12:37 pm. 216.10.53.154
    We had services for my Grampa Bob this last weekend at his home in Georgetown. I know there are a lot of people who wished they could have been there, Im posting what was said at the service to share with those that weren't able to make it. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. On October 30th 1915, Robert I. Vanderpool came into this world. Little did the world know that for the next almost hundred years he would be here, using every minute to live the way a life should be led. Bob was born in Dikeman, AK a camp on the Iditarod River where the deep water ended. All the boats would get stuck here so they used horses to pull scows up river to Iditarod. Bob´s parents were William T. and Sophie Vanderpool. He had 9 brothers and sisters, and some of the best genes anyone could ever ask for. To live the better part of a century is an amazing feat. All that history. All that knowledge. At 4 years old Bob and his family moved by dog team from Dikeman to McGrath, where he grew up. Four years later he would witness the very first mail plane to land in McGrath. A DeHavilland piloted by Carl Ben Eielson. Just last summer Bob talked about this day, when he got out of school on February 21st to watch a milestone in aviation. You see, his mind was always sharp. He remembered things, he remembered dates like everything happened yesterday, and mostly he remembered people. He very well could have been the sharpest tool in the shed. At 17 Bob began working for Frank Larsen on the Seawolf, a shallow water barge used to run up the Takotna River. He did this for a few years until he decided to trade the water for the skies. At 23, Bob learned to fly in Fairbanks. Soon after he bought his first airplane. A J3 cub powered by a 50-horse Franklin. He bought the plane from a game warden; they had only been building them for a few years. Tail number - 21581. Perhaps the rest of his life could be better told by a series of tail numbers, too many too list each with their own story to tell. If only wings could talk right? Bob´s fleet of planes would grow large and impress any aviator. A DC-3 would find itself in the mix and also a Lockheed Electra, the same kind of plane flown by Amelia Earhart. While Amelia was writing her own piece of aviation history, Bob Vanderpool was busy defining the title Alaskan Bush Pilot. However flying was not all that defined him. Bob had selflessness about him and a helping hand that stretched far and wide. Eventually, Bob would catch the eye of a beautiful young lady working at a roadhouse in McGrath. This good-looking gal goes by the name Ann. On September 14th, 1958 Bob and Ann were married. Soul mates some might call them, a testament that love is real and unconditional. For over 50 years they shared a wonderful life together, raising their children and watching their family grow. Four of those bratty kids are here today. Products of their parents without a doubt, I just hope some of those good genes have trickled down into me. Bob and Ann the early years were spent in sleetmute, operating a general store. Later they moved to Red Devil where they resided for many years. A mercury mine would keep the community booming, and it gave people a chance to meet Bob. This great man who spent his days cutting through the clouds. A few miles down the river, a piece of paradise would call to Bob. He always thought Georgetown to be a good place for a home, and boy was he right. In 1964, following a pretty unforgettable flood, he and Ann moved the family down to the place he would stay until his passing. With the help of his wife and family they were able to own and operate multiple stores, a bar and most significantly the flying service. Alaska is a vast land where people come to live their dreams. Trappers would spend the coldest months seeking furs, because it was their ``ticket to happiness´´. Bob would transport them and supply them all season, on good faith that they would reimburse his kindness. Once he was asked if he made money doing this, he smiled and said, ``sometimes I did, and sometimes I didn´t.´´ It was not a big matter to him, they just wanted a chance to live their dreams, was the least he could do. The new generation of Vanderpool flying service pilots will tell you a similar story. Sometimes people just need to get somewhere, and they´ll take them no questions asked. Good Faith. Bob lived a full life. His sister Rose will tell you a story of a little boy who rushed through his chores so that he could run through the woods to a crashed airplane and pretend to fly. I´m so proud of my brother, she says, he lived his dream. A logbook overflowing with nearly a century´s worth of memories. With each spin of the prop he has seen the world change, children grow, and seasons turn. But his favorite view was always always that of his home on the river. His respect for the land water and sky, teaches us to appreciate what we are given. His accomplishments demonstrate the meaning of hard work. His willingness to give shows us what it means to be a good person. When people think of a good man, they think of my Grampa. My Gramma says, ``Never forget, your Grampa was such a good person he helped so many people.´´ I think maybe sometimes she forgets she was his other half. A most remarkable person herself. Deserving of only the highest recognition. To some up the life of someone who lived a month shy of 95 years is near impossible. The story of his life tells us, that with love, anything is possible. If he were here to give his approval, I imagine it would sound a bit like this. ``Mm hmm pretty good.´´ On September 28, 2010 Bob Vanderpool took his final flight from this earth. He leaves behind his loving wife Ann, his son Robert, daughters; Shirley, Debby and Connie, Brothers; Joe and Roy, Sisters; Avis, Rose, and Sophie; 17 Grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews as well as countless other friends and family. He is met on his eternal runway by his parents; William T. and Sophie, brothers; Woody and Lewis ``Buster´´, sisters; Nora and Alice, sons; Richard, Raymond and Ronnie, daughter Betty, and many old friends. Today is not a sad day, for just as we have been gathering to say good by, so many have been gathering to welcome Bob on that runway. They have been waiting to see him again, and who are we to be stingy. He´s given us so much, it´s only right that we share. One day we will all be reunited, until then, the skies are wide open for the taking, fly safe Grampa, fly safe. (http://members2.boardhost.com/MCG-Community/msg/1286397425.html)

    On 29 Sep 1910, at about 0930 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an expected death in Georgetown. 94 year old Robert I. Vanderpool passed away in his home at 2207 hours on 9/28/10. Next of kin has been notified.




    Father: William Tecumseh VANDERPOOL b: 29 JUN 1866 in Caldwell County, Missouri
    Mother: Sophie BELKOFF b: 23 DEC 1896 in Anvik, Yukon Koyukuk, Alaska

    Marriage 1 Alice P UNKNOWN b: 1916 in Alaska
    • Married: BEF 1940 in Alaksa

    Marriage 2 Spouse Unknown
    • Married: 14 SEP 1950 in Alaska
    Children
    1. Has No Children Betty VANDERPOOL b: in Alaska
    2. Has No Children Raymond VANDERPOOL b: in Alaska
    3. Has No Children Ronnie VANDERPOOL b: in Alaska
    4. Has No Children Richard VANDERPOOL b: in Alaska
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