Series: Herbert Hoover, West Branch's Native Son
Family & Fellowship
Herbert Hoover's parents and their fellow Quakers played a large role forming his values. During these early childhood years, Herbert saw how the Quaker faith promoted simplicity, integrity, equality, peace, and service to others. The hard work and conscientious deeds of his parents and their neighbors helped build a community (of Quakers and others) that also supported the Hoover family.
Jesse & Hulda Hoover
Young "Bertie's" parents were pillars in this community. Hoover's father, Jesse, was a devoted family man and owner of a successful local business. His mother, Hulda, was a Quaker minister. Alongside like-minded family and neighbors, they demonstrated leadership, devotion, industriousness, and fellowship.
The Religious Society Of Friends
The Friends, or Quakers, built a meetinghouse in 1857. The Quakers worshipped in silence until a member felt compelled to express his or her spiritual thoughts. Hulda Hoover often shared inspired messages and eventually became a traveling minister.