Biography of John Van Hoesen
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

John Van Hoesen is a native of Cortland county, New York, born October 1st, 1809, at the old homestead where his parents resided for more than three score years. He removed to Indiana in 1838, but returned the following year, and for three years was severely afflicted with malaria. In 1854 he came to Hastings, the population being at that time seventy-two whites and eight hundred Indians. His first home was on the levee, but in 1855 he removed to his claim in sections thirty two and thirty three. In March of that year his dwelling was burned, which event compelled him to live in a log cabin. Was justice of the peace in 1855, and the same year attended the land sale at Red Wing as settlers' bidder. He has been a member of the Hastings school board, and was instrumental as a trustee in locating and building the Baptist university, which has since been converted into a graded school. Mr. Van Hoesen was married in 1885, to Miss Rhoda Bennett, and again in 1851, to Miss Maria Adams. Nettie V. and Francis B. are his children by his first wife; the latter is a member of the state legislature from Douglas county.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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