A. T. Klein, who for twelve years has capably filled the position of vice president of the Security Bank of
Pella, was born in that city on the 7th of September, 1861, a son of T. H. and Gertrude (De Leuw) Klein, both natives
of Holland, who emigrated to this country in 1847. His paternal grandfather was Gerrit Klein, who purchased a farm
in Marion county. T. H. Klein was also an agriculturist by occupation and resided in this locality until his death,
which occurred in 1887. His wife, who came to this county with her stepfather, lived to a ripe old age, dying in
December, 1912. To their union were born twelve children, eight of whom survive.
A. T. Klein was given a public school education and was early trained in the work of the farm. He devoted his time
to agriculture until he was past forty years of age, but in 1902 he removed to Pella. At that time he owned seven
hundred acres of land but he has sold three hundred acres, holding four hundred. He buys and sells farms, finding
this a profitable business, but since 1902 part of his time has been taken up by his duties as vice president of
the Security Bank, of which N. Van Vliet is president.
In 1887 Mr. Klein married Miss Jennie G. Akkerman, a native of this county and a daughter of Jan and Mary (De Penning)
Akkerman. To Mr. and Mrs. Klein were born five children, four of whom are living, namely: Tunis H., who was graduated
from the Iowa State University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and from the law department of Drake University
at Des Moines and who is assistant cashier of the Security Bank; Mary Luella and Gertrude, both at home; and Roland
J. John A., the third child, was drowned in Skunk river August 23, 1905, at the business men's picnic, aged twelve
years. The family belong to the Second Reformed church. Mr. Klein is a democrat in politics and is interested in
everything pertaining to the general welfare.
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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