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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-Fariner 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 members 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 aud Aart. Lost two. Himself and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church of Pella.
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 1819, and worked soine 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 inembers 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 dine children: Adarana, Mertje, Hendrek, Hester E., Aartje, Elizabeth, Mary, Conrad and Cornelia. Lost one, Henry. They are members of the Reformed Church of Pella.
VERPLOEG, 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 wite are members of the First Reformed Church of Pella.
VERPLOEGH, HENRY-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26, P. O. 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 child
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 connty 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 lie engaged in agricul. tural pursuits, and the farm on which he settled, a short distance west of towo, 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, 1931), I pe H. (born May 24, 1833), Oeberle (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.
In 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 conncil. In 1872 he was appointed postmaster, a position which he still bolds, 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 farın, 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 five land. In brick-making he averages about three hundred thousand a year. 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 inarried 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, 1861. 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 Kaainp, 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.
prietors 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 caine 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 custoin 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 titty acres of fine farm land, mostly under cultivation, and his buildings are good. He married Miss Wilhelminia Colyn in 1858. She is a native of Gelderland, and was born October 30, 1835; caine to this country with the first Holland colony. They have a family of eight children: Cornelia, Trintie, Jane, Leonard, Harman, Sufrin, Jacob, and Albert. Have lost one. Himself and wife are members of the Third Reformed Church of Pella.
WELLE, CORNELIUS-Fariner and stock-raiser, Sec. 32, P. 0. Pella Was born in South Holland, September 13, 1828, and was raised in the city of Gorengem, receiving a common school education. He learned the bak er's trade from his father, and worked with him in the shop until they crossed the ocean in 1847. They settled in Marion county, and Cornelias helped his father on the farin and devoted his spare moments to the study of English. He now has a very fair English education. When twenti. eight years of age he settled on the place he now occupies, in 1856. Mr. W., Sr., died February 9, 1880, aged eighty-two years. He left an estate of 400 acres of improved land to be divided between his wife and four child. ren. Being one of the early settlers, our subject has had his share of hardships of pioneer life to contend with, and he has acted his part faithfully, He inarried Miss Twantye Nollen, in 1861. She is a native of Gelderland. and was born November 9, 1839. They have four children: Henry, Peter. Twantye and Dirkge. Mr. and Mrs. W. are members of the Presbyterian Church. In his manners he is pleasant and agreeable.
WESTERKAMP, HERMAN-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 13, P. O. Pella. Was born August 20, 1844, in the Netherlands, where he learned the carpenter's trade. He came to the United States in 1869, and settled in this county and engaged in farining. Owns 109 acres of land. His fa ther, Fedde Westerkamp, lives with him. He was born on the twenty-first of February, 1813. His wife was born on the fifth of May, 1814. "Thes had two children: John and Herman. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Pella.
WINTERS, E. E.--Pastor of the First Reformed Church of Pella. Was born on the fifth of January, 1838, in the village of Zoutkamp, Province of Groningen, Netherlands. He remained there until six years of age and then moved to Vlrum, and resided there until the fall of 1849, when he crossed the ocean with his parents. They settled in Holland, Ottawa county, Michigan. He secured a common school education in Europe and took a preparatory course at the Holland Academy in Michigan. In 1857 he commenced a collegiate course at Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and graduated there in 1860, and entered the Theological Seminary at the same place in the fall of the same year, and graduated from there in May, 1863. Was licensed by the Classis of Hoiland and ordained in August of the same year by the Classis of Orange, New York, and was settled as the pastor of a church at Cuddebackville, Orange connty, in 1863. In March, 1866, he came to Pella, and took charge of the First Reformed Church. He has been twice married. First to Miss Mary E. van Liew, on the twenty-sixth of May, 1863. She was a native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and was born on the twenty-sixth of December, 1840. She lived to enjoy life until the twenty-third of March, 1864, when she was gathered to the land of rest. He married again on the twenty-eighth of November, 1865, Miss Minerva Kenebeck, a lady of rare talent and culture. She was born in June, 1835, in the city of Cuddebackville, New York.
WISSE, ABRAHAM-Wagon-maker. Was born October 21, 1834, in the Netherlands, and came to the United States in 1854, settled in New
York State and farmed about three years, then came to Iowa and settled in Burlington, and worked two years at the carpenter's trade. Then worked some four years for Mr. Nealys, a nurseryman, after which he again took up carpenter work. Came to Pella in the spring of 1865 and commenced working at the wagon trade with Mr. Buerkens. They continued the business until the Pella Manufacturing Co. bought them out. He was one of the organizers of the company, and owns eighty-five shares in it at present. He commenced life a poor man and has gained what he now has by hard work. He married Miss Dina Lubberden on the thirteenth of June, 1868. She is a native of Netherlands and was born on the fourth of January, 1842. By this union they have one child, John. Lost one. Mrs. Wisse is a member of the First Reformed Church of Pella.
WORMHOUDT, H.-Lumber-dealer. Was born in Rotterdam, February 15, 1825, and learned the carpenter's trade in his youth. He emigrated to the United States in 1847, and settled in Marion county, and worked at his trade and in the saw-mill business until 1872, when he engaged in the lumber business as agent for a Mr. Baldwin, and in 1875 becaine a partner of the firm of Waechter & Wormhoudt. The firm are doing a large and lucrative business in their line, and have the unlimited confidence of their patrons. Mr. W. has been prominent as a member of the city council, and in educational matters, at the present time serving on the school board. He is also a deacon in the First Reforined Church. He married, first, Miss Aartje Overkamp in April, 1850. She was born in the Netherlands and died in Pella in October, 1855, leaving two children: Johanna M. (now Mrs. Hospers, born July 28, 1851), and Gerret H. (born November 2, 1853). He married for his second wife Miss Annie Overkamp, a sister of his first wife, in 1858. She, also, was born in the Netherlands. By this marriage they have seven children: Henry D. (born July 22, 1860), Effie (born October 28, 1862), Isaac Andrew (born November 14, 1866), John (born August 10, 1869), Edward (born July 13, 1872), Andrew I. (born September 11, 1875), Dominicus (born January 11, 1879). One son, Isaac A. (born March 13, 1865), died November 15, 1865.
Summit Township-Town of Otley-American City-Biographical.
Summit township was organized from part of the old township of Red Rock in March, 1854. The following is taken from the official records:
“On March 3, 1854, the petition of Jacob Pendroy and sixty-one others, was presented to the county judge asking that the township of Red Rock be divided and a new township to be called Summit be organized. The petition was granted, and the first Monday in April was fixed as the time for holding the organizing election. John C. Donnel was appointed to carry out the provisions of the order, and the house of Jacob C. Brown was designated as the place for holding the first election.”
The township corresponds with congressional township 77, range 19. The north and east portions of the township are prairie, and constitute a part of the water-shed between the basins of the Des Moines and Skunk