Biography of E. C. Varenkamp
Marion County, IA Biographies





E. C. Varenkamp occupies a position of leadership among the residents of Iowa of Dutch birth or descent as editor of Pella's Weekblad, one of the most important papers in this state printed in the Dutch language. Mr. Varenkamp has had editorial charge of the paper since 1904 and has proved himself a journalist of no mean ability. He was born at The Hague, Holland, on the z5th of September, 1844, a son of Johan Hendrick and Teutje (Van Maurik) Tarenkamp. The father was engaged in the grocery business in that city.

Mr. Varenkamp of this review attended the public schools in the capital city of Holland and received a thorough education. He is the only one of the family to come to this country and immediately upon landing made his way to Pella, Iowa, where he arrived in May, 1867. He engaged in farming until 1884 and then went to St. Louis, where he remained for a year. He subsequently returned to Pella and for three and a half years was the owner of a notion store here. At the end of that time he again sought his fortune elsewhere, going to Nebraska, where he remained for three years, and subsequently to South Dakota, where he farmed for two and a half years. In 1890 he returned to Pella and engaged in various lines of work until 1904. In that year he became the editor of the Weekblad and has held that position ever since. In the ten years that he has been connected with the publication he has maintained a high standard of excellence, not only on the editorial page, but in all departments of the paper, and it has the respect of the press of the state. Mr. Varenkamp is a man of wide knowledge and broad learning and is constantly increasing his store of information through varied and well chosen reading.

Mr. Varenkamp was married in 1871 to Miss Geertje Boot, of Pella, a daughter of Marinus and Hendrika (Versteeg) Boot, early settlers of Pella. Mr. and Mrs. Varenkamp have become the parents of ten children, two of whom have passed away. John M. is a resident of Sully, Iowa ; Hattie is the wife of Joe C. Lowder, a resident of Broken Bow, Nebraska; Anna married Charles Roten, a farmer residing near Sully; Lydia is now Mrs. Earl Reno, of Grinnell, Iowa ; Mary is the widow of Jess Wise and lives at Pella; Emma married Harry Stratton and is a resident of Newton, this state; Nellie is now Mrs. H. O. Cowles and lives in Louisville, Kentucky; Fred resides in Citrus Grove, Texas; Blanche died when thirteen years of age; and Emma died at the age of four years.

Mr. and Mrs. Varenkamp are members of the Reformed church. He is a democrat and loyally supports the candidates of that party at the polls. He is well known in Pella and highly esteemed because of his industry, perseverance and integrity.

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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