John Van Hemert, who is the owner of a garage ands agent for a number of well known makes of automobiles at
Pella, was born in Jasper county, this state, on the 23d of July, 1871, his parents being Marcellus and Lizzie
(Simmons) Van Hemert, who have both passed away. The father was a farmer of Jasper county and proved successful
in that occupation. They had fourteen children, all of whom survive.
John Van Hemert acquired a common school education and after his marriage followed for five years the calling to
which he was reared, engaging in farming for that length of time. He then purchased a meat market, which he ran
for three years but at the end of that period bought thirty two acres of land situated within the limits of Pella,
which property he still owns. In February, 1914, he entered the garage business, in which he is still engaged,
and as he understands automobiles well he has proved very successful in his present undertaking. He sells tires,
automobile accessories of all kinds and does a great deal of repair work and is also agent for the White, Studebaker
and Buick cars. The volume of his business has steadily increased and he is classed among the successful men of
Mr. Van Hemert married Miss Tryntjy Boot, a daughter of Jacob Boot, a farmer of Marion county, and to their union
have been born two sons, Harry M. and Jacob B., both of whom are high school students. The parents belong to the
Third Reformed church, but now attend the Second Reformed on account of their sons, as that is English speaking.
Mr. Van Hemert is a democrat and takes a keen interest in public affairs, studying intelligently the problems of
government that press for solution. His probity is unquestioned and the sterling worth of his character has made
him highly respected in his community.
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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