Biography of John van der Ploeg
Marion County, IA Biographies





JOHN VAN DER PLOEG.
The natives of Holland who have settled in this county have given a good account of themselves and have manifested the strength of character and persistency of purpose characteristic of their ancestry. They are numbered among the good citizens of the locality and have also prospered financially. John van der Ploeg, the owner of a bakery and grocery business in Pella, was born in Friesland, The Netherlands, November 8, 1863, a son of P. and Elizabeth (Schuring) van der Ploeg. The father was a tailor in his native land and followed that trade in Pella after removing here with his family in 1881. Both he and his wife are deceased. They had four children, Mr. van der Ploeg of this review having two brothers and one sister.

John van der Ploeg acquired a common school education in his native land and after emigrating with the other members of the family to this country was employed by G. Van Vliet & Company for four years in a bakery. He was then for two years in the post office and at the end of that time purchased an interest in the bakery in which he had learned his trade. Three years later, in association with J. S. Rhynsburger, he bought out Mr. Van Vliet and eight years later purchased the interest of Mr. Rhynsburger, becoming the sole owner of the business. In the years that have intervened since that time he has given proof of his sound judgment and ability to manage business affairs in the successful conduct of the bakery, which is one of the best known in the city. He also carries a line of groceries and both branches of his undertaking are proving profitable. He caters to the home trade only and his patronage comes from the representative people of the city, many of whom have given him their custom for years.

Mr. van der Ploeg was married on the 1st of May, 1880, to Miss Dora Laverman, a daughter of Nicholas Laverman, who is engaged in farming near Pella. The children of this union are: Peter, who married Miss Julia Van Dusen and is with his father in the bakery; and Jennie, Nicholas, Dirk and Bert, all at home. The family belong to the First Christian Reformed church, in which Mr. van der Ploeg has been a deacon for twenty three years. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party and he is now serving as alderman. He has thoroughly identified his interests with those of the city in which he has made his home for almost a third of a century and is well known and sincerely respected by his fellow citizens.

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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