Biography of John Van Dyke
Winona County, MN Biographies

JOHN VAN DYKE, farmer, was born in New Jersey in 1818, his father originally came from Holland, but his mother was German. He had very little opportunity to procure much schooling: as soon he was able to walk he was set to work on his father's farm, where he continued until his nineteenth year, when he set out for Pennsylvania, where he procured work as a coal miner. At this occupation he remained some five years, when he went to Ohio working at mining and farming. In 1858 he came to Elba, buying forty acres; since then he has added forty acres at a time until he now owns 160 of the finest wheat land to be found in the state. He married Miss Sarah Nelson and has but one son, who now mostly manages the farm.


FROM:
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.

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