Biography of John Rietveld
Marion County, IA Biographies





JOHN RIETVELD.
Among the extensive landowners of the county is John Rietveld, the owner of six hundred acres in Clay township. He was born at Noordeloos, Holland, on the 21st of January, 1844, a son of Jan and Dierke (Blokland) Rietveld, who three years later emigrated with their family to America. The father was one of the committee having charge of the affairs of the colony which settled at Pella. He located on the Des Moines river, near the present home of his son John, in August, 1847, and there he resided until his death, which occurred in 1859 when he was past fifty five years of age. He became the owner of a half section of land, which was but slightly improved when it came into his possession and which he developed during the succeeding years. In addition to cultivating the soil he raised stock and was very successful in both lines of activity. He was a devout member of the Dutch Reformed church and was held in high esteem by those who knew him. His wife died in February, 1876, when more than seventy years old. She was also a member of the Dutch Reformed church. Ten of their children grew to maturity, but only two are now living, the subject of this review and a sister, Mrs. Langerak, who is the mother of the present clerk of Marion county. Three brothers of our subject, who were farmers, have now passed away and five of his sisters are also deceased.

John Rietveld attended the early subscription schools in this county when his services were not needed at home and received thorough training in the subjects taught at that time. He remained at home until 1864, when he was married, and then began his independent business career. He had practically no capital and began farming on shares. He saved as much as possible annually, as he had determined to purchase land, and when, upon the settling of his father's estate, he received one thousand dollars, he added this sum to the thousand dollars that he had saved and purchased his first farm. Industry and economy enabled him to add other land and he now holds title to six hundred acres in the northwestern part of Clay township. He is an efficient agriculturist and his labors yield him a handsome income.

On the 28th of October, 1864, Mr. Rietveld was married to Miss Christina Van Loon, who was born in Woerden, Holland, on the 28th of July, 1843, a daughter of Gideon and Elizabeth Hendriene (Solsbergen) Van Loon. In June, 1849, she was brought by her parents to this country, the family home being established at Pella. Her father engaged in cultivating a small farm, which he purchased and improved, and he and his wife resided there until called to their reward, he in 1907 at the age of eighty nine years, and she in 1899 when seventy three years old. Both were consistent members of the Dutch Reformed church. All of their six children are still living, those besides Mrs. Rietveld being: James, Dierk, Gideon, Mrs. Mary Bogaard and Miss Elizabeth, who resides with her eldest brother, who is unmarried. Mr. and Mrs. Rietveld have ten children: Delia; Mrs. Elizabeth Weirs; Mrs. Jennie Vanderwal; Mrs. Marie Sells; John and Gideon, both of whom are married; Mrs. Bertha De Young; and Cora, Katherine and Lois, all at home.

Mr. Rietveld is a stanch supporter of the measures and candidates of the republican party at the polls, believing firmly in the policies of that organization. Both he and his wife are active members of the Dutch Reformed church and their influence is always on the side of moral advancement. Mr. Rietveld deserves much credit for having achieved such a large measure of success and also is entitled to honor because of the unswerving integrity and uprightness of his daily life.

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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