George J. Thomassen, a well known lawyer of Pella and president of the city school board, is a native son of
the city, born March 18, 1870. His parents were Geurt and Nellie (Rysdain) Thomassen, both natives of Holland,
who in 1847 came to the United States, making their way direct to Pella. The paternal grandfather, John Thomassen,
purchased a farm in Marion county in 1847 and also established one of the first stores in Pella, continuing to
engage in merchandising until his death. Geurt Thomassen was in business with his father and after the latter's
death continued alone in business until he too was called to his final rest in 1899. The mother of our subject
died in 1874.
George J. Thomassen was given excellent educational advantages, as, after being graduated from the public schools,
he attended the Central University of Iowa, which is located in Pella, and still later entered the law department
of Drake University at Des Moines, from which he was graduated in 1902. He immediately began practice in his native
city and has continued here until the present time.
In 1894 Mr. Thomassen married Miss Sarah Van Stigt, a daughter of K. and Josephine Van Stigt, who left Holland
in 1847 and emigrated to the United States with Pella as their objectives point. Her father was for a time in the
saddlery business but later turned his attention to boots and shoes. He died in May, 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Thomassen
have two children, Junella and Ruth, both at home.
Mr. Thomassen is a member of the First Reformed church and takes great interest in its work. Politically he is
a democrat and is most active in the support of movements and institutions that make for the general good. He is
president of the school board and trustee of the public library and in these capacities has been able to do much
for the cause of general education.
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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