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July, 1832. By this union they have four children: B. H., Carrie, Dora, and John. His wife is a member of the First Reformed Church
VAN STIGT, A.-Dealer in leather, findings, harness, saddlery, etc. Was born August 6, 1832, in the Netherlands, and passed his youth in Westmaas, in the province of South Holland. His schooling was obtained in that village. In 1847 he came to America with his parents, being with the first Holland colony. They arrived at Pella in the spring of 1848, and settled here, engaging in shoe-making. In 1855 he opened a shop on his own account, continuing in that business until 1865, when, in partnership with his brother, he started in his present business. In October, 1880, his brother retired and Adrianas took the business in his own name. He mar. ried Miss Teentje den Hartog, on the eighteenth of April, 1855. She is a native of the same province as her husband and was born on the nineteenth of October, 1836. They are raising an adopted child, Sygie Van der Wilt. Himself and wife are members of the First Reformed Church of Pella, in which he holds the position of elder. He has been a member of the school board here and has also held the office of township trustee for several years. He commenced life without much capital and has earned what he now has by the sweat of his brow.
VAN STIGT, K.-Dealer in boots and shoes. Was born on the eighth of August, 1837, in Westmaas, South Holland, and was raised there until ten years of age, attending school some five years. In 1847 he came to America with his parents in the first Holland colony. Resided in St. Louis nine months and then came to Pella. His father started a shoe shop and Kommer attended school here. At twelve years of age he commenced to learn the shoemaker's trade and worked at it ten years and then came in as a partner with his father. They dealt in boots and shoes, leather, findings, etc. This partnership lasted until January, 1865, when his father was called to his final rest, and Kommer ran the business in his own name until the twenty-seventh of June of the same year. His brother, A. Van Stigt, then purchased an interest. On the first of February, 1878, Kommer opened a stock of boots and shoes in the store he now occupies, and in October, 1880, he retired from the partnership with his brother, and gave his entire attention to his own store. He married Miss Johanna de Zeeuw, a native of Holland, born on the nineteenth of May, 1837. Their marriage occurred on the twenty-third of September, 1859. By this union they have five children: Cornelius, Anna, Jane, Christena and Sarah. Lost two. Himself and wife are members of the First Reformed Church of Pella, in which he holds the office of deacon and superintendent of the Sunday-school. He has held the office of alderman of the Third ward of Pella. He owns a handsome dwelling-house on Washington Street.
VAN VLIET & CO., G.-Dealers in staple groceries and proprietors of bakery and restaurant. G. Van Vliet was born in South Holland, July 9, 1849, and was brought to Pella by his parents in 1854. In 1865 he commenced to learn the baker's business, in the shop which he now owns. In 1872 he bought this shop, and, in partnership with his brother-in-law, continued this business until 1876, when the latter retired and J. Rhynsburger purchased an interest. Mr. Van Vliet married Miss N. J. Tenhagen, July 4, 1870. She is a native of Iowa, children: Johnnie and Cornelius. assistant postmaster in this city.
born August 6, 1851. They have two
firm, was born on the eleventh of June, 1859, in South Holland, and resided there until ten years of age, when he came to America with his parents, in 1869, locating in Pella.
VAN VLIET, NICOLAS-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 10, P. 0. Pella. Was born in this county, on the twenty-fifth of July, 1857, and spent his boyhood days on a farm. In the spring of 1876 he commenced farming on his own account. He owns eighty acres of well-improved land. He married Miss Maggie Van der Wilt, on the fourth of April, 1876. She was also born in Marion county, on the twenty-seventh of June, 1858. By this union they have two children: Mary and Jacob. They are members of the Presbyterian Church of Pella.
VAN VLIET, H.-Was born in the Netherlands, on the sixteenth day of September, 1840, and in 1847 came, with his parents, to the United States, and spent their first year in St. Louis, and in 1848 came to Iowa and settled in Marion county. He married Miss W. Van Vark in 1862. She was born in the Netherlands. Their family consists of five children: Henry, Mattie M., Willie, Joseph and Minnie.
VAN ZEE, CONRAD-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26, P. O. Pella. Was born November 29, 1813, in Gelderland, and was raised on a farm, receiving an education in the schools there. In 1847 he came to America, with the first Holland colony, and in 1850 he settled on the place he now occupies. It consists of 226 acres of well improved land, on which is a neat brick house and comfortable buildings for his stock. He has held the office of school-director several years, and at the present time holds the office of trustee. He married Miss Mattie de Kock in 1837. She is a native of Gelderland, and was born November 29, 1815. By this union they have five children living: Angeline (now Mrs. de Kock), Peaderke (now Mrs. C. Verploegh), Engle, Mary A. (now Mrs. Grandy) and Jennie. Lost two. Himself and wife are members of the Christian Church of
VAN ZEE, S.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 22, P. O. Pella. born, February 12, 1817, in Gelderland, and spent his boyhood days on a farm, receiving an education in the schools of that place. In 1847 he crossed the ocean with the Holland colony, and settled in Pella, and worked at various occupations for four years. Then settled on the farm on which he now resides, containing 170 acres, and ten acres of timber. His farm is well stocked, and contains good and comfortable buildings. He commenced life a poor and honest boy, and has been the architect of his own fortune. He has held the office of school-director six terms. He married Miss Judith Van Zee in the fall of 1842. She is also a native of Gilderland, and was born November 30, 1820. By this union there are ten children living: Gerret, Angeline (now Mrs. S. de Kock), Mary (now Mrs. A. Signhardt), Nellie (now Mrs. K. de Young), Julia (now Mrs. A. Grandice), Govert, Katie and Ellen (twins), Jennie and Ira. Lost three. self and wife are members of the Third Reformed Church of Pella. VAN ZEE, PETER-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 22, P. O. Pella. Was born August 4, 1820, in Gelderland, and spent his boyhood days on a farm, and received an education in the common schools. In 1854 he came to Marion county, and resided one year in Red Rock. He then moved on the place where he now resides, consisting of 360 acres of fine farm land; also fifteen acres of timber. His farm is well improved, and he has a good comfortable house and other suitable buildings for his stock. He has held
the offices of school director some seven years, road supervisor four years, and school treasurer, seven years. He married Miss Nellie De Bruin in 1842. She is a native of Gelderland, and was born October 26, 1820. By this union they have nine children: Nellie (married), Gerret, Kryn, Cornelius N., Ira, Dirk, Johannas, Jan and Mary. Lost two. Himself and wife are members of the First Reformed Church.
VAN ZEE, ENGLE-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 36, P. O. Pella. Was born in Gelderland, October 9, 1841, and was brought to this country by his parents, who accompanied the first Holland colony, in 1847. They settled on a farm and Engle spent his youth tilling the soil, attending the common school. In 1859 he commenced life for himself and settled on the farm on which he now resides, containing sixty acres. His buildings are good and comfortable. He married Miss Affa Cloyn, in 1869. She was born in Iowa, on the 28th of November, 1852. They have five children: Lena, Conrad, Elizabeth, Ester and Bertha. Lost one. He and his wife are mem
bers of the First Reformed Church of Pella.
VERRIPS, A.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 28, P. O. Pella. Was born in Leersdam, Netherlands, October 2, 1831, and there was raised and educated. In 1847 he accompanied his parents, with the first Holland colony to America. He settled in this county and now owns 120 acres of fine land, well improved. His buildings are comfortable. Mr. V. has held the office of school director for four years. He has been twice married; first, to A. Va Van Arch, in 1855. She was a native of Holland, and was born in 1829. By this union there were two children: Antonio and Merenis. Mrs. V. died in 1859. In 1861 he married Gertie Willamse, a native of Holland, who was born in 1842. By this union there are nine children: Mary, Willempe, Dirkie, Cyntha, Rosa, Elias, Conrad, Simon and Aart. Lost two. Himself and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church of
VERSTEEGH, GERRIT-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 25, P. O. Pella. Was born on the twenty-seventh of August, 1813, in Netherlands, where he learned the carpenter trade. He came to the United States in 1849, and worked some two years at his trade in Pella; then worked four years in a shingle factory. He settled on the place where he now resides in 1857. He owns 160 acres of fine farm land and twenty-four acres of timber, and what he now enjoys is the fruit of his own labor. He married Miss Haentje den Boest, 1855. She was born in Netherlands, December 25, 1830. They have seven children: Jonas, Anna, Hubert, James, Katie, Gerret and Jane. They are members of the First Reformed Church of Pella.
VERPLOEGH, C.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26, P. O. Pella. Was born December 7, 1831, in Netherlands, and followed farming until he came to the United States, in 1853. He settled in this county and now owns 16+ acres of fine land. Has filled the office of road supervisor for several terms. He married Miss Petertje Van Zee, in 1858. She was born in Netherlands, December 27, 1839. They have nine children: Adarana, Mertje, Hendrek, Hester E., Aartje, Elizabeth, Mary, Conrad and Cornelia. Lost one, Henry. They are members of the Reformed Church of Pella.
VERPIOEG, GOVERT-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 35, P. O. Pella. Was born May 11, 1838, in Gelderland, and was there raised on a farm and received the benefits of a common school education. In 1853 he came to America with his parents, and they settled in this county. Has a farm of seventy acres, which is under good cultivation, and contains good comfort
able buildings. In 1865 he took a trip to Oregon and resided there some two and a half years. He married Miss Van Steinberger in 1864. She is a native of the same place as himself, and was born in 1840. By this union they have nine children: Artie, Minnie, Katie, Cornelius, Jane, Henry, Leonard, Conrad and Kryn. Lost one. Himself and wife are members of the First Reformed Church of Pella.
VERPLOEGH, HENRY-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26, P. 0. Pella. Was born February 28, 1843, in Gelderland. He emigrated to the United States in 1853 with his parents. His father died on the ocean. Henry landed at New Orleans and came from there to this county. He owns & farm of sixty acres and is one of the sturdy, honest and industrious farmers of this county. He has been twice married; first, to Miss Elizabeth Van Zee in 1869. She was born in 1844. By this union they have two children: Aartje and Conrad. Mrs. V. died in 1871. He married for his second wife Miss Aartje van Arkel in 1876. She is a native of Gelderland, and was born in September, 1856. By this union they have four children: Mary, Henry, Judith and Elizabeth. His mother, who has passed her eightieth year, finds a pleasant home with her son.
VIERSEN, S. H.--Was born in the Netherlands on the twenty-ninth day of August, 1842, and emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1847 and settled in Marion county where he was principally raised on a farm. He afterward commenced his mercantile experience. He was elected county recorder in 1872, and held the office two years. He has always taken great interest in educational matters, and has been an efficient worker on its school board, of which he is president. He married in 1872, and has two children: Jesse L. and Sepke S. Lost one son, John H.
VIERSEN, H. Y.-Was born in the Netherlands April 10, 1794, and was raised there. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and was also a large chicory manufacturer and grain dealer. He was one of the colony who settled here in 1847. After coming to this county he engaged in agricul tural pursuits, and the farm on which he settled, a short distance west of town, is now occupied by his widow and sons. He married Miss Hilje Sipma, July 12, 1829. She was born in the same province on the seventh day of October, 1805. Mr. Viersen died August 3, 1864, leaving six children: Siebergje H. (born January 8, 1830), Auke H. (born May 26, 1831), Ipe H. (born May 24, 1833), Öeberle (born June 10, 1835), Heerke H. (born December 11, 1838), Sipke H. (born August 9, 1842).
VIERSEN, A. H.-Postmaster. One of Marion county's esteemed citizens. Was born in the Netherlands, March 26, 1831, and lived there until 1847. Then emigrated to the United States with his parents, and settled on a farm in Marion county, H. Y. Viersen being one of the original settlers. Our subject had a mercantile experience of twenty years. 1858 he was elected city treasurer at the time that Isaac Overkamp was mayor. Mr. Viersen is the only one who has held that office, excepting Mr. Overkamp. From 1861 until 1862 was county treasurer and recorder. He has held other offices: city clerk, township clerk, and a member of the city council. In 1872 he was appointed postmaster, a position which he still holds, and is admirably qualified to fill. In 1857 he was married to Henrietta F. Roelofsz, a native of the Netherlands. Their family consists of twelve children: Joost, Lillie, Mary, Auke, Henrietta, Lulu, Lydia, Josie, Benjamin, Ype, Andrew and Birdie. Mr. Viersen has taken a great interest in educational matters.
VISSER, WILLEM-Farmer and brick-maker, Sec. 16, P. O. Pella. Was born December 6, 1814, in Rotterdam, and spent his boyhood days with his father on the farm, and attended the schools of that county. In 1848 he came to America, and joined the Holland colony at Pella. In 1872 he moved on the farm on which he now resides. He owns 145 acres of fine land. In brick-making he averages about three hundred thousand a A good share of the buildings in Pella and vicinity are made from his yard. He gives his attention mostly to that business, and makes firstclass brick. He married Johanna M. Venermide in 1834. She is a native of the same place as her husband, and was born March 2, 1812. By this union there are nine children: Gertie, John, Martin, Pietter, Allie, and Gerret. They lost eight. Himself and wife are members of the Christian Church.
VISSER, PIETTER--Farmer and brick-maker, Sec. 16, P. O. Pella. Was born February 4, 1842, in Rotterdam, Holland, and was there raised until five years of age. Was brought to this country by his parents in 1847, and received a fair English education In 1878 he emigrated to Kansas and took up a homestead in Gove county, but in 1880 he returned to this State and settled on a part of his father's farm, and turned his attention to making brick. He had followed this business five years prior to going to Kansas. He married Miss Teentje Schakel in January, 1864. She is a native of Holland, and was born in June, 1847. By this union they have eight children: Mary, Minnekis, Gertie, Allie, William, Leonard, John, and Jane. Himself and wife are members of the Christian Church.
VOS, B.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 22, P. O. Pella. Was born November 21, 1821, in Netherlands, and was raised a farmer. He came to the United States in 1849, and settled in this township and engaged in farming. He owns a fine farm of 110 acres. He has filled the office of school director some fourteen years, and road supervisor several times; also school treasurer. He was $70 in debt when he came here, and what he enjoys is the result of his own labor and good management. He married Miss Gertjy Kaamp, in 1848. She was born in Netherlands, November 8, 1821. They have four children: Abraham, William, Jonnatje, and Klaas. They are members of the Bethel Church.
AGAMAN, W. K.-Of the firm of W. K. Wagaman & Co., proprietors of the City Mills. Is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born on the 27th day of October, 1844, and lived there until nineteen years of age, and in 1863 removed to Stark county, Ohio, and two years later came to Iowa and located in Marion county. He was raised a miller, and it may be said was bred to the business. His large practical experience gives him an advantage rarely possessed by men in this line. The mill does both a custom and merchant business, and has an enviable reputation for the qualities of its manufactures which meet with a ready sale. He married Miss Elizabeth Rhineheart in 1866. She was born in Pennsylvania, and principally raised in Ohio. Their family consists of three children: Katie C., Peter, and Cora E.
WEIERSE, A.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 27, P. O. Pella. Was born in South Holland, October 22, 1822, and there was raised and educated. He came to this country in 1855, and settled in Marion county on the land which he now occupies. He owns fifty acres of fine farm land, mostly under cultivation, and his buildings are good. He married Miss Wilhel