Louis F. Bousquet, the capable postmaster of Pella, was born in Ames, Iowa, on the 27th of October, 1876, a
son of J. J. and Anna (Vander Linden) Bousquet, both born in the kingdom of the Netherlands. His paternal grandfather
was A. E. D. Bousquet, who in the early '50s brought his family to the United States and located at Pella. He was
the owner of a boat plying upon the Des Moines river. J. J. Bousquet, his son, was a druggist at Ames, Iowa, but
in 1880 removed to Pella, where for a number of years he engaged in the produce business. He is still a stockholder
in the Pella Creamery Company and is at present bookkeeper for that concern. He is a veteran of the Civil war,
serving for three years in an Iowa regiment, and his bravery and efficiency won him promotion to the rank of lieutenant.
His wife is a daughter of K. Vander Linden, who came to the United States and located at Pella many years ago.
He was a farmer by occupation. Both Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Bousquet are members of the Second Reformed church. They
have had four children, but one is now deceased. Hattie M. is the wife of Ed E. Egan, a resident of Burlington,
Iowa. Louisa died when two years of age. Louis F. is the next in order of birth. Agnes A. is at home.
Louis F. Bousquet received a public school education and when a youth of about nineteen years started out in life
for himself, becoming a clerk in the postoffice on the 1st of July, 1895. He was made assistant postmaster under
Dr. B. F. Keables and served in that capacity for two terms. As he began at the bottom and worked up td a position
of responsibility, he became thoroughly familiar with all of the details of the office routine and also developed
his executive ability and became the logical man for appointment to the postmastership. On the 14th of February,
1908, he was given charge of the office and was reappointed postmaster in 1912. He is a courteous official as well
as a systematic and efficient one, and the people of Pella have had no reason to complain of their mail service
under his administration as postmaster.
Mr. Bousquet is a republican and manifests a citizen's interest in public affairs. He is an enthusiastic Mason
and has taken the thirty second degree in that order. He belongs to Pella Lodge, No. 55, F. & A. M.; the Des
Moines Consistory and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine at Des Moines. He is a Mason in spirit as well as in membership, as
his life is guided by the principle of helpfulness and brotherly kindness, which is the foundation teaching of
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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