Epp R. Roorda, a native son and enterprising agriculturist of Marion county, is the owner of a well improved
farm embracing one hundred and five acres on section 32, Clay township. His birth occurred on the 4th of January,
1873, his parents being John and Jane (Van Maren) Roorda, the former born in Holland and the latter in Marion county,
Iowa. It was in the year 1847 that John Roorda emigrated to the United States with a colony of people from his
native land. Both he and his wife still survive, residing in Pella, this county, and they are well known and highly
esteemed throughout the community. Ten of their twelve children are also yet living.
Epp R. Roorda attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained under the parental roof
until twenty four years of age. He then spent one year in the cultivation of rented land and on the expiration
of that period purchased a tract of one hundred and five acres on section 32, Clay township, where he has carried
on farming and stock raising with excellent success continuously since. The property is all in a high state of
cultivation and is lacking in none of the improvements and equipments of a model farm of the twentieth century.
In the work of the fields he follows the most practical and progressive methods, and his labors have been rewarded
by a gratifying degree of prosperity which places him in the front rank of progressive and able agriculturists.
In 1897 Mr. Roorda was united in marriage to Miss Cornelia Vanderwilt, a native of this county and a daughter of
John and Gertrude Vanderwilt, both of whom were born in Holland and emigrated to the United States in 1849. They
took up their abode in Marion county, Iowa, and here spent the remainder of their lives. To Mr. and Mrs. Roorda
have been born six children, namely: Jeanette, Gertrude, Robert, John David, Edward and Henry.
Mr. Roorda gives his political allegiance to the democracy and is now ably serving as president of the local school
board, having ever been a stanch friend and champion of the cause of education. He is interested in all measures
and movements instituted to promote the general welfare and widely recognized as a public spirited and loyal citizen.
For the past five years he has served as superintendent of the Sunday school of the Brethren church, of which his
family are devoted members. Mr. Roorda and his wife have always lived in Marion county and have won an extensive
circle of friends who esteem them highly for their many sterling traits of character.
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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