Biography of Peter H. Van Gorp
Marion County, IA Biographies





Peter H. Van Gorp is the secretary and treasurer of the Garden City Feeder Company of Pella and is one of the native sons of Marion county, his birth having occurred upon a farm near Pella on the 26th of April, 1860, his parents being Henry and Jennie (Kempkes) Van Gorp, both of whom were natives of The Netherlands. The father came to America with a colony of Holland emigrants in the year 1847 and engaged in the business of teaming. He also became the owner of a farm near Pella and it was upon that place that Peter H. Van Gorp was born and reared. His time was divided between the acquirement of a public school education and the work of the fields and he remained upon the home farm until 1882. He was afterward employed upon a dairy farm for six years and subsequently he owned and operated a threshing outfit for several years. On the expiration of that period he embarked in the shoe business at Pella and conducted his store with growing success for ten years. In 1898 he became a partner of A. C. Van Honweling in organizing the Pella Stacker Company, of which he was manager. This business was conducted successfully for several years and in 1912 was reorganized under the name of the Garden City Feeder Company, in which Mr. Van Gorp holds the position of secretary, treasurer and manager. He is an enterprising, progressive business man, working along modern lines, and his prosperity is well merited.

On the 15th of November, 1883, Mr. Van Gorp was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Pos, a daughter of Derk Pos, a farmer. They have two sons: Harvey P., who married Nina Sadler and is now with the Star Auto Company; and Dick, who is employed by the Garden City Feeder Company. In addition to his other business interests Mr. Van Gorp is a stockholder in the Star Automobile Company. In politics he is a democrat and has filled the office of alderman for one term, making a creditable record in the position. He has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, however, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, which, carefully and intelligently directed, have brought to him a gratifying measure of prosperity.

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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