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William and Dirkje C. Himself and wife are members of the First Reformed Church.
KUYPER, ADRIANUS-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 29, P. O. Pella. Prominent among the substantial farmers of Marion county may be mentioned the subject of our sketch. He was born on the thirtieth of October, 1828, in Charlois, South Holland, and was raised in that village and attended school some. In 1861 he crossed the ocean and landed at New York, and from there came to Pella. He resided one and a half years in Pella and then settled on the farm he now occupies, consisting of 160 acres of fine farm land, well improved. He has never been an office seeker, but has given his attention to legitimate business. He married Miss Dina Koster in 1848. She is a native of the same place as himself, and was born on the twenty-fifth of March, 1829. They have eleven children: Mary (now Mrs. Verkoey), Willempje, Aagje C., Arie, Klaziner, Adrianrs, Cornelius, Dina, W. N., Adriana and Anna M. Lost four. Himself, wife and three of the children are members of the Bethel Church in which he holds the position of elder.
KUYPER, ARIE--Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 34, P. O. Pella. Was born May 14, 1832, in Netherlands, where he learned the carpenter's trade. He came to the United States in 1847, settled in Michigan, resided there two years, and then came to this county. He worked some ten years here at his trade, then commenced farming, and cultivates eighty acres. married Miss Jane van der Linden in 1854. She is also a native of the Netherlands and was born on the second of January, 1833. By this union they have nine children: Arie, Cornelia, Gysbert, John, Marie, Susanna, Aagje, Maggie and Antje. Mrs. Kuyper lived to enjoy life until the fourteenth of December, 1878, when she was gathered to rest. He is a member of the First Reformed Church.
AM, F. 'T-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 18, P. O. Pella.
September 22, 1814, in South Holland, and was there raised on a farm and received an education in the common school. He married Miss Mary Danberger, a native of South Holland, in 1845. She was born August 29, 1817. In the summer of 1847 himself and wife came to America with the Holland colony. He took up a claim and commenced pioneer life in earn
He still owns the old claim of eighty-nine acres and about 400 acres of other land. About 300 acres are under cultivation. He began life with out much means, and has gained what he has by hard work. In his manher he is kind and genial and has won the respect of a large number of Friends.
LANGREACK, M.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 21, P. O. Pella. Was born July 27, 1844, in the Netherlands, and came with his parents to this country, being with the first Holland colony. His youth was spent n this county and he followed brick-making until twenty-one years of age when he commenced farming and has followed it since. Farms 160 acres of land and is quite an extensive stock-raiser. He married Miss Kate van Baren in 1867. She was born in Marion county on the fourteenth of Deember, 1851. They have five children: Mary, Dirkje, Barbara, Henry nd Bennie. Lost one.
LANG, GEERT-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 23, P. O. Pella. Was born in June, 1822, in the town of Noldhorm, Hanover, and spent his boyhood days on a farm attending the schools of that land. He came to this ountry in the spring of 1858 and settled in Ohio; resided there seven years
working at different occupations. In 1865 came to Iowa and settled at Kellogg. He went into a grist-mill there and followed that business two years. In August, 1867, he married Miss Willmina Young, a native of Holland. She was born on the twelfth of May, 1816. He at once settled on the farm on which he resides and commenced farming. Owns 260 acres of fine farm land. He commenced life a poor but honest boy, and has been the architect of his fortune. Himself and wife are members of the Third
Reformed Church of Pella.
LINDEN, LUCAS VAN DER--Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 7, P. O. Pella Was born September 27, 1832, in Gelderland, and was raised there until sixteen years of age. His father was a brick-maker and the son helped in the yard, and also attended the common schools. In 1848 he crossed the ocean with his parents, coming to and settling in Pella. He owns a fine farm of 80 acres under good cultivation; he raises considerable stock. He mar ried Miss Grace Boland, in 1853. She is also a native of Gelderland, and was born March 10, 1834. By this union there are nine children: Nicholas, Dirk, Herman, Henry, Gerret, Harry, Dina, John and Mary. Lost three. Himself and wife are members of the Reformed Church of Pella.
LITER, JONAS-Carpenter and joiner. Was born September 2, 1829. in Bourbon county, Kentucky, and was taken from there to Morgan county, Illinois, when four years of age. There he was principally raised on a farm and educated. In 1851 he came to this county and settled in this township, and has here made his home excepting one year's residence in Mahaska county. He first engaged in teaming and then commenced farming; next built a saw-mill, then a grist-mill, and then a foundry. In 1860 he commenced the carpenter trade. He owns a shop on Oskaloosa Street, and many of the buildings in Pella and vicinity are specimens of his workmanship. He married Miss Isabella Welch, in 1848. She is a na tive of Illinois, and was born January 6, 1830. They have four children: Ollie, Mary F., Thomas and Luella. Lost two. Lost two. Himself and family are members of the Catholic Church of Pella, and he holds the position of councilman of the Fourth ward of the city.
MCCLATCHEY, C. M.-Retired. Was born on the eighth of June, 1830, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and was taken from there to Summit county, when nine years of age. He commenced working in the woolen mills when quite young and learned the art of manufacturing woolen goods. He came to Iowa in 1854 and settled in Agency City, Wapello county, and worked there some four years in the woolen mills, coming to Pella in 1859. He opened a woolen mill here, which was the first in the county, and operated it until 1869, part of the time with a partner. They moved the mill to Knoxville, and were joined by a third party, the firm name being Jones, McClatchey & Van Houten. They continued the business two years, when Van Houten retired, and at the end of the four years Mr. McClatchey retired, and engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock-raising. He has at present retired from active business. Has never been an office-seeker but has always given his attention to his business. He married Miss Cassia Zulauf, on the nineteenth of May, 1859. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was born on the twenty-sixth of February, 1838. By this union they have three children: Mary C. (now Mrs. F. C. Campbell), Fannie C. and Katie M. On the ninth of July, 1866, Mrs. McClatchey died. Mr. McC. is among the respected citizens of the county. MCCULLY, H. M.-Mayor. Was born in Carroll county, Ohio, October
10, 1830 and was raised there. He was raised on a farm and received a liberal education and had recourse to the occupation of aspiring youth, school teaching, which he followed twelve years with a good degree of success. In 1857 he came to Iowa and settled in Mahaska county, and in 1863 came to Marion county. He was a member of the firm of Bennett, McCully & Gamble, who established The Copperhead. After publishing it three months it was removed to Ottumwa, and Mr. McC. remained connected with it three years. Since his residence here he has been engaged in the lumber business, also land and insurance business. He has held various township offices and at the present time is mayor of the city, a position his long experience eminently qualifies him to fill. He married Miss Mary E. Potter, July 1, 1857; she was born in Carroll county, Ohio. They have two children: Euphrasia L. and Emma A.
MAASDAM, L.-One of Pella's successful men, was born in the Netherlands, on the thirteenth day of September, 1845, and in 1849 emigrated with his parents to the United States and settled in Marion county, and was raised on a farm. He followed agricultural pursuits until 1868 and then engaged in his present business, and in which he has been very successful. He is largely interested in the city mills of this place. He married Miss Mary E. Hagens, in 1870; she was born in Marion county. Their family consists of seven children: Jacob, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Abraham, Mary, Leonard and Grarles.
MAASDAM, J. G.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 16, P. O. Pella. Was born on the thirtieth of July, 1847, in Netherlands, and came to this country in 1849, with his parents. He was raised in this county on a farm, and received a common school education. In March, 1871, he commenced farming for himself and moved on the farm on which he now resides, consisting of 150 acres, and he is quite an extensive stock-raiser. He married Miss Johanna Dielman on the twentieth of March, 1871. She is a native of York State, and was born the thirty-first of January, 1853. By this union they have four children: Mary, Susanna, Elizabeth and Johanna.
MAREN, H. VAN-Wagon and carriage-maker, and agent for McCormick reapers and harvesters, also for B. D. Buford's plows, of Rock Island, and Furst & Bradley of Chicago. Is one of Pella's representative business men. He was born in the Netherlands on the fifteenth day of May, 1836, and in 1847 emigrated with his parents to America and settled in Marion county. His father commenced the manufacture of brick, and the son worked at this business and farming until twenty-three years of age, and then learned the trade of blacksmith. After working at the business for two years he commenced business for himself, and an incident in his experience is worthy of mention. The first customer he had after he commenced business is still one of his best patrons. Mr. van Maren is a good type of one of Iowa's self-made men. He commenced life without means. capital was his trade, his health and his hopeful heart, and he is a good illustration of what an industrious man can accomplish by giving his time to one subject, and bending his energies in one direction, and his character as a business man may be inferred from the success which has attended his caHe married Miss Johanna Dunik in 1859. She was also born in the Netherlands. Their family consists of six children: John, Johanna C., Newton, Ira, Henrietta and Mary.
MARKEL, JACOB-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 1, P. O. Pella. Was born April 26, 1830, in Fairfield county, Ohio, and was taken to Tippeca
noe county, Indiana, by his parents, when five years of age. Was raised on a farin, and in 1855 he emigrated to this county, settling on the farm he now occupies, which consists of 300 acres, well improved. He also owns 120 acres in Mahaska, and 160 acres in Adair counties, and forty acres in Indiana. Mr. Markel is vice-president and one of the directors of the First National Bank of Pella. He is one of the most successful agriculturalists and most extensive stock-raisers in the township. He commenced in life a poor boy, and has been the architect of his own fortune, and stands among Iowa's self made men. He married Miss Salina Earl, on the thirteenth of January, 1850. She is also a native of Ohio, and was born on the seventeenth of September, 1830. They have seven children: Asa E., Florence V., Ida (now Mrs. N. C. Towne), Lizzie, Eddie, Dora and Clarence. Lost one. Joseph. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to Peils Lodge, No. 55. Is also a member of the I. O. O. F.
MIDDELKOOP, GERRET-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 6, P. 0. Pella. Was born August 22, 1825, in South Holland, and was there raised on a farm and received an education in the common schools. In 1847 he crossed the ocean with the Holland colony, came to Pella and settled on the land on which he now resides. Owns ninety-nine acres of fine land, on which he has good, comfortable buildings. The K. & D. M. railroad runs within a few rods of his dwelling. He married Miss Cornelia Rietveld in 1853. She is a native of South Holland, and was born May 31, 1831. Br this union they have six children: Eva (now Mrs. Waechter), Dirkie. Barbara, Nicholas and Cornelia. Lost one. Himself and wife are members of
the Presbyterian Church of Pella. MUNTINGH, JAMES--Merchant. Among the most prominent of the representative business men of Marion county, and one who has been a leader in all that tended to build up Pella and Lake Prairie township, may be mentioned Mr. Muntingh. He was born in the Netherlands, on the fourteenth day of November, 1820, and was raised there. He received excellent educational advantages in his youth, and for some years was engaged in teaching. He was one of the original members of the Holland colony that settled in Pella, and contributed his full share in making the town what it is. In point of residence he is one of the oldest merchants in the city. After coming to the United States he followed teaching for three years and then engaged in the mercantile business, in which he has been very successful. He is no political aspirant, but has always manifested a commendable interest in public affairs and has served as a member of the city council and town clerk. His public spiritedness is evinced in the most substantial block in the city. But few men have a better record. He is known as a man of sterling integrity and decided character and his charac ter as a business man may be inferred from the success which has attended his career. He married Miss Christine Anbert in 1843. She was born in
NEYENESCH, H.-Iowa is largely indebted to Europe for its rapid
settlement, and among these settlers are found some of Marion county's most successful business men and best scholars. Among them the subject of this sketch is deserving of special notice. He was born in the kingdom of the Netherlands, on the twenty-fifth day of October. 1823. He enjoyed excellent educational advantages in his youth and was for some years engaged as an instructor in his native country. In 1855 he emigrated to the United States and settled in Pella, where for fourteen
years he was engaged in teaching. In 1870 he commenced his journalistic experience as editor of the Weekblad, a nine column paper published in the Holland language and with a circulation larger than any paper in Marion county. He is also the owner and publisher of the Pella Blade of which his son William is the managing editor, and recently he has commenced the publication of a religious paper in the Holland language and known as the Christian Herald. This paper, as are the other papers under Mr. Neyenesch's supervision, is a model of mechanical execution and in editorial ability will compare favorably with any of the religious issues of the day. Mr. Neyenesch has been prominently identified with the interests of the city and county since he has made his home here, and has favored all improvements that have a tendency to advance the material prosperity of the county. In 1860 he was elected city reeorder and held this position eleven years, and in 1874 was elected mayor and held this office five terms and was justice of the peace for eleven years. He is a good illustration of what an industrious man can accomplish by giving his time to one subject and bending his energies in one direction, and he richly merits the esteem in which he is. held. He married Miss Anna M. Neuwenhuysen in 1863. She is also a native of the Netherlands. He is the father of seven children: Hattie, Herman, William, Henry, Amanda, Mary and Julia.
NIEUWERF, N.-Dealer in groceries and provisions. Was born on the eighth of August, 1839, in South Holland and was there raised and educated in the common schools. His father was engaged in the nursery business. In 1857 he crossed the ocean with his parents and settled in Buffalo, New York, and engaged in the nursery business. Nicolis resided with his father some three years and came to Pella in 1860. He commenced clerking in G. Dingeman's store and staid with him some two years, and then took a position as clerk in Snow & Huber's warehouse. He worked with them some twelve years and then commenced business on his own account. He married Miss H. A. Gralengar in 1860. She is a native of Holland and was born in 1842. By this union they have nine children: Mary, Annie, Peter, Charlie, William, Herman, Henrietta, Carrie and Emma. Lost three.
NOLLEN, JOHN-Cashier of the Pella National Bank. Was born at Didam, Netherlands, April 4, 1828, and was raised there. He received excellent educational advantages and for ten years was engaged in teaching. He came to the United States in 1854, and settled in Pella. He commenced his banking experience in 1857, and no man in Marion county or central Iowa stands more prominent as a successful financier, and he has the unlimited confidence of those with whom he has business transactions, and he thoroughly merits the esteem in which he is held by those who know him best. The bank with which he is connected is one of the soundest financial institutions in the West. Mr. Nollen has always taken a deep interest in educational matters, and his advice, counsel and good judgment have gone far towards raising the standard of the Pella schools. He married Miss S. J. S. Scholte, a daughter of the late Rev. H. P. Scholte, in 1862. She was born in the Netherlands, June 3, 1842. Their family consists of four children, Henry, John S., Sarah M. and Gerard H. Mr. and Mrs. Nollen are members of the Second Reformed Church.
NOSSAMAN, WELLINGTON-Owner of the Nossaman House. Was born in Monroe county, Virginia, April 12, 1817, and removed with his parents to Pike county, Kentucky, when two years of age. He was raised