William G. Vander Ploeg is a member of the Knoxville bar and in the practice of his profession has won a degree
of success that many an older attorney might well envy. Marion county claims him as a native son, his birth having
here occurred on the 27th of December, 1881, his parents being Ruard and Pietje (Terpstra) Vander Ploeg, the former
a native of Holland and the latter of New York. The paternal grandfather, Dirk Vander Ploeg, brought the family
to the new world in 1854 and the following year the father of our subject arrived in Marion county, where he followed
the occupation of farming for many years but is now living retired, making his home in Pella.
William G. Vander Ploeg is one of a family of ten children, of whom eight are yet living. He was reared in the
Holland settlement near Pella and acquired a public school education, after which he continued his studies in the
Central College at Pella. Having determined upon the practice of law as a life work, he became a student in the
State University and was graduated from the law department with the class of 1903. He then located for practice
at Pella, where he remained until January, 1911, when he removed to Knoxville and opened an office. He continues
in the general practice of law and is a strong and able member of the bar, preparing his cases with thoroughness,
presenting his cause with clearness and exactness and when necessary citing precedent and principle with accuracy.
On the 21st of September, 191 I, Mr. Vander Ploeg was united in marriage to Miss Carrie L. Cox, of Pella, her parents
being J. M. and Luella Cox. Mr. Vander Ploeg holds membership in Pella Lodge, No. 55, A. F. & A. M., in Tadmor
Chapter, R. A. M., of Knoxville, and Melita Commandery, K. T., exemplifying in his life the beneficent spirit of
the craft. His political allegiance is given the republican party and he keeps well versed on the questions and
issues of the day. His religious faith is that of the Baptist church. He is a young man of genuine personal worth,
his life being guided by high and honorable principles in both professional and social relations.
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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