Biography of Antonie J. Kuyper
Marion County, IA Biographies





Antonie J. Kuyper is a native son of Pella and has throughout the greater part of his life been identified with its interests. He is a stockholder and manager of a plumbing business conducted under name of the Pella Plumbing and Heating Company, and is considered one of the successful men of the city. He was born on the 13th of November, 1862, a son of Hugo and Jacoba (Betten) Kuyper, both natives of Holland. They emigrated to the United States and made their way to Pella in 1847. The father, who is now living retired, was very prominent in the early history of the city, being mayor for several terms. He is a democrat in his political belief and is also very active in church work. He was a jeweler by trade but for many years was the proprietor of a general store. His wife is a daughter of A. J. Betten, who brought his family to Pella in 1847. Mr. Betten was a preacher in the Reformed church and was also the proprietor of a store in this city.

Antonie J. Kuyper was reared under the parental roof and given excellent educational advantages. After completing the course in the public schools he attended the Central University of Iowa for some time. He was subsequently associated with his father in the conduct of the general store owned by the latter for a number of years. He afterward kept books for the Pella Manufacturing Company and then went to Orange City, this state, where he was assistant cashier of a bank for some time, and still later engaged in the real estate business. In 1907 he returned to Pella and devoted his time to the real estate business for a few years, but then became interested in a plumbing shop, of which he is at present manager. He is a man of good business judgment and of great energy and has the contract for a great deal of the plumbing work done in the city. He carries an excellent line of goods and is careful to see that all plumbing installed is properly put in. His business has constantly increased and yields him a good profit annually.

Mr. Kuyper was married in 1886 to Miss Effie Wormhoudt, a daughter of H. and Antje (Overcamp) Wormhoudt, who located in Pella in 1847. Her father was a carpenter by trade, which occupation he followed in early life but later engaged in the lumber business. He passed away in 1907, but his widow still survives. To Mr. and Mrs. Kuyper have been born two children: Hugo, who married Miss Clara Mann and resides at Pella, where he is associated with his father in business; and Henry, in school. The latter is an enthusiastic baseball player and is catcher for the home team.

Mr. Kuyper usually votes the republican ticket but at the election of 1912 supported Woodrow Wilson for president. For twenty years he was city clerk of Orange City and the length of his incumbency in that office is the best proof of the acceptability of his services. Those who have known him most intimately are his truest friends, as closer acquaintance but reveals more of the integrity and fineness of his character.

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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