David and Lida Flikkema Memorial Endowment



David and Lida Flikkema were children of Dutch immigrants who were taught to give back to the communities that welcomed their families from the Netherlands. David was the son of Meindert and Anna (nee Damhoff) Flikkema who settled in Fulton, Illinois. Lida was the daughter of B.W. and Lida Gertrude (nee Mengers) Nyweide whose American hometown would become Muscatine, Iowa.

David and Lida were married June 12, 1912, in Muscatine, Iowa. Although the two grew up in different areas, they were united by their Dutch parents and the Dutch churches in which they were reared. Both had several siblings and were taught the importance of family traditions.

David and Lida spent their entire married years in the Fulton community, where they raised five children. David was a businessman, and one of the businesses he owned was Flikkema Fuel, Grain, and Feed in downtown Fulton. Prior to marriage, Lida had been an apprentice at Batterson's Department Store in Muscatine at the age of 13. She continued to work there for 12 years. After marriage, she was a homemaker and mother.

Both David and Lida were charter members of Fulton's Second Reformed Church. David was a Sunday School teacher for 52 years, served as an elder, was a member of Men's Missionary League, and was a member of the choir. Lida was president of the Ladies Aid Society, chaired the Junior Christian Endeavor, was superintendent of the Intermediate Christian Endeavor, and was a Sunday School teacher for many years.

Outside of their church community, they were active in Fulton. David was treasurer for the City of Fulton for 2 years. One of his passions, however, was education and learning with David serving on the Schmaling Memorial Library board for 23 years. He was board vice president for many years and took part on several library committees.

The David and Lida Flikkema Memorial Endowment was established by their son David Stanley (D.S.) Flikkema. Per the instructions of his will, the fund was created to enrich Fulton's public library through the purchase of math and science materials. Funds in the David and Lida Flikkema Memorial Fund are used "to purchase authoritative, highly rated, and widely used general encyclopedias, and material in the fields of physical and biological sciences and mathematics, dictionaries, handbooks, histories, commentaries, topical presentations, and published studies."

Community supporters with similar interests are encouraged to contribute to this library endowment. 

"An acorn fund allows us the flexibility to grow our endowment over time, receive tax advantages, and also support our children's college education."

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