Henry Langeland Wierengo

This Biography is from “The Centennial History of Michigan” Volume IV, Page 316

Henry Langeland Wierengo, actively engaged in the practice of law in Muskegon since 1932, was born in this city, January 25, 1905. His parents, Jan and Bieuwke (Langland) Wierengo, are natives of the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. The former was brought to America by his grandmother when he was but a year old. They embarked on a sailing vessel which was three months in completing the voyage and the grandmother died while still at sea. Mrs. Wierengo was also about the same age when she was brought to the new world on a sailing vessel. Her brother, Henry E. Langeland, became a lumberman and was also a prominent figure in connection with many events that have shaped the commercial, financial and political history of Muskegon. He was vice president of the National Lumberman’s Bank, served as mayor of the city, was president of the Hackley Hospital and built and donated to the cause the Muskegon-Holland Home for the Aged. He was likewise president of the Young Men’s Christian Association and erected the present building for that organization. He died in 1932.

Jan Wierengo, father of Henry L. Wierengo of this review, was for many years engaged in the lumber business, becoming manager of the Langeland Lumber Company. In fact he continued operations in that commercial field until 1928, when he retired. He has now resided in Muskegon for seventy-five years.


After completing his public school studies in the Muskegon high school with the class of 1925, Henry L. Wierengo won his Bachelor of Arts degree at Oberlin College of Oberlin, Ohio, in 1929. He next attended Northwestern University of Chicago as a law student and gained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree with the class of 1932. He has since practiced successfully in Muskegon and his ability to carefully prepare and present his cases before the courts is manifest in the many favorable verdicts he has won.


¬†On the 18th of October, 1935, Mr. Wierengo married Miss Olive Darrach, daughter of Amos and Margaret (Scott) Darrach, the former born in Wabash, Ontario, and the latter in Toronto, Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Wierengo have one child, Bette Ann, born November 17, 1936. They reside in the suburb of Bluffton on Muskegon Lake. Mr. Wierengo’s hobby is boating and he owns a fifty-foot sailboat on which he spends considerable time during the summer seasons. He is also an officer and one of the directors of the Muskegon Yacht Club. He belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Sigma Delta Kappa national legal fraternity.

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