About Effie Van Valkenberg (1862–1928)
On September 5, 1892, Effie Van Valkenberg ran an unsuccesful campaign for a seat on the Grand Rapids Board of Education in the Eleventh Ward.
Van Valkenberg graduated in 1882 from Olivet College with a degree in music. A member of the Michigan State Teachers’ Association, she is identified in various sources as a teacher of music and piano. Like so many women of her time, Van Valkenberg was active in women’s clubs and served as president of the Grand Rapids Woman’s Club from 1891 to 1892.
Grand Rapids Herald, November 27, 1904.
“Was a Good Vote.” Grand Rapids Herald, September 6, 1892.