Biography of Stephanus De Kock
Marion County, IA Biographies





STEPHANUS DE KOCK.
Marion county owes its agricultural development in no small measure to its citizens of Holland birth or descent, among which number is Stephanus De Kock, whose birth occurred at Gelderland, in the Netherlands, December 14, 1838. For a long period he was closely associated with agricultural interests in this section and is now living retired at Pella. His parents, John and Antonia (Van Arendonk) De Kock, were farming people of the Netherlands and in 1856 crossed the Atlantic to America, making their way to Marion county. They established their home upon a farm near Pella and there reared their family of six children, three of whom are yet living: John, a resident of Pella; Arie, living in Jasper county; and Stephanus.

The last named acquired a common school education in his native country and when in his eighteenth year accompanied his parents on their emigration to the new world. He began farming on his own account in Mahaska county, Iowa, in 1865 and there remained for thirty seven years, or until 1902, when he retired and took up his abode in Pella. As the years passed on he brought his fields to a high state of cultivation and added many modern improvements to his farm. Moreover, the careful management of his business affairs added to his diligence and determination brought to him a very substantial measure of success and he is now enjoying the fruits of his former toil in well earned rest. He is the owner of a valuable farm of two hundred and thirty six acres in Mahaska county and, although now seventy six years of age, he still gives personal supervision to the property.

Before Mr. De Kock began farming on his own account he had served for three years as a soldier of the Civil war, having been a member of Company G, Thirty third Iowa Infantry. With that command he went to the front, participating in a number of engagements, and was wounded at the battle of Saline River. At the close of the war he returned home, began his farming operations, and on the 1st of January, 1867, was united in marriage to Miss Angeline Van Zee, a daughter of S. Van Zee, and they have become the parents of nine children: Antonia, the wife of A. De Gest, a resident farmer of Marion county; Stephen S., who married Minnie Tyselling and is engaged in farming in Mahaska county; Julia, the widow of Frank Adair, who was a farmer of the same county; John F., who married Hattie De Jong and is a resident farmer of Sioux county; Artie, who carries on farming in Mahaska county; Cornelia Marie, the wife of Rev. Muller, of West Saville, Long Island; Rebecca, at home; David A., living in Sioux county, Iowa; and Harry B., at home.

The parents are members of the First Reformed church, in which Mr. De Kock has served as deacon for nine years. His political allegiance is given the republican party and he was a member of the board of supervisors of Mahaska county from 1894 until 1898. He acted as school director in Black Hawk township, Mahaska county, for many years and the cause of education found in him a stalwart champion. He belongs to John Hobbs Post, G. A. R., and thus maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades. While born across the water it was soon evident that he was becoming thoroughly American in his ideas and proof of this was seen in his service as a soldier in the Civil war. He has always been interested in the welfare and upbuilding of the community in which he makes his home and wherever known he is esteemed for his genuine worth.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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