Biography of B. H. Van Spanckeren
Marion County, IA Biographies





B. H. Van Spanckeren is the present efficient cashier of the Citizens National Bank of Pella and is recognized as one of the prominent business men of the city. He was born in Pella on. the 2d of September, 1860, a son of B. H. and Dirkie (Ver Steeg) Van Spanckeren, both natives of Holland. In 1847 they emigrated to the United States and came to Pella, where their marriage occurred soon afterward. The father owned the first bakery in Pella, conducting the same until about 1871, and after that he was a proprietor of a dry goods store until 1892. In the last mentioned year he retired and is still living at the age of eighty eight years, having survived his wife for many years, her demise occurring in 1890. He is a member of the Baptist church, as was also his wife. Of the fourteen children born to them ten died in infancy. Those who grew to maturity are: B. H., of this review; Mrs. L. Recrink, the wife of a farmer living near Pella; Mrs. Dora Welle, a resident of Sully, Iowa; and J. H. H., a farmer.

B. H. Van Spanckeren was reared in Pella and attended the public schools in the acquirement of his education. For twenty eight years he was engaged in the dry goods business, having entered his father's store when but a youth. From 1882 to 1892 he was a partner of his father but in 1892 he became sole owner of the establishment and managed it successfully until 1908, maintaining the high standard set by his father and keeping apace with the later developments in retail trade. In 1908 he sold the store and has since devoted his entire time to the banking business. He entered the Citizens National Bank in 1906 and his knowledge of business conditions and methods led to his rapid advancement and he is now cashier of that institution, which ranks among the best banks of the county. He requires excellent security before loaning money, but if once convinced that the funds of the depositors will not be endangered, he is liberal in the extension of credit and in this way has made the bank of great service to the business men of the community.

In 1882 Mr. Van Spanckeren was married to Miss Katherine Van Spanckeren, a daughter of L. H. and Harriett (Sleyster) Van Spanckeren. They settled in Pella in 1847 and the father for a number of years conducted a general store but is now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Van Spanckeren were born five children: Bern H., a farmer living in Mesa, Arizona; Mrs. A. W. Leland, a resident of Dixon, Illinois; L. H., a resident of Mesa, Arizona, and the teller in the Mesa City Bank; Warner J., who is employed in the Citizens National Bank of Pella; and Katherine Bessie, at home. The wife and mother was called to her reward on the 4th of October, 1914, at the age of fifty five years. Funeral services were conducted on the 7th of October by President J. W. Bailey, of Central University. She was highly esteemed and as a mark of respect the business houses of the city were closed during the funeral.

The family belong to the Baptist church and guide their lives by its teachings. Mr. Van Spanckeren is a supporter of the republican party and belongs to the Masonic order. His life has been one of service to the community, as he has contributed to the business and financial growth of Pella, first as merchant and later as cashier of one of the leading banks of the city. He has spent his entire life here and has thoroughly identified himself with the progress of the community and has won the unqualified respect of 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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