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When I graduated from high school I had to give a speech, and I included my belief in God and how he frees people.Dad was never in sympathy with church going and the idea of a relationship with God, but he liked my speech because, I think, it was different and was what I really believed and didnt follow the crowd.He took great pride in always paying his bills, never owing anyone anything, and being honest.One day he and I were driving home on the Van Buren Road and I saw a billfold on the road.If a skunk or mink made the mistake of getting caught in a muskrat trap, that was no offence to Neal [sic].It added a little color and odor to the proceedings, as well as more cash for the pelts.He is buried in Monumenta Cemetery, Lynden, Washington near his parents and grandparents in the family plots in the southwest corner of the cemetery.
During this time the family farm remained his home; until at the age of 25 he married Sylvia Nieveen, and they established a home of their own." Neil married Sylvia Nieveen on March 10, 1927.
And he learned it quickly, not only because of native ability, but also the pressure of necessity." In September 1910, Neil and Henry became students at the newly-opened Lynden Christian School, where he graduated from Eighth Grade.
[See The Slotemaker Story, included with this family history, for more information about the Lynden Christian School and the role it played in the lives of the Slotemaker family.] Henry describes Neil as "bold and aggressive," even as a child.
Neil Slotemaker was born January 10, 1902 at the family home "about a quarter of a mile south and west of the corner of Front Street and B. Avenue" in Lynden, Washington, the first child of Jan ("John") and Tetje ("Tillie") (Kramer) Slotemaker.
In 1912, the family moved to a 100-acre farm three and a half miles east of Lynden on what is now the Hampton Road, where Neil spent the remainder of his growing up years.