Biography of Epp R. Rooda
Marion County, IA Biographies





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.

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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