Biography of C. J. Vanhouten
Adams County, NE Biographies





For many years C. J. Vanhouten has been connected with agricultural and banking interests in Adams county. He entered the field of banking about eighteen years ago and since that time he has conducted the institution now known as the Bank of Juniata. Mr. Vanhouten is a native of Indiana, his birth having occurred near Crown Point, November 18, 1873, his parents being John R. and Josephine (Chapman) Vanhouten. The paternal grandfather was a native of the state of New York and was of Holland extraction. On leaving the east he resided at different periods in Michigan and in Ohio, following the occupation of farming as a life work. John R. Vanhouten left Indiana when his son C. J. was but nine months old and removed with his family to Nebraska, where he homesteaded four miles west and four miles south of Juniata. He also secured a tree claim and, meeting the requirements of the law concerning the acquisition of property, secured in time his title to the land. He built thereon a sod house with a board floor and roof and after proving up on his claim he removed to Juniata, where he remained for thirty years, engaging in the livery business during twenty years of that time. He served in the Civil war as a member of Company E, One Hundred and Fifty first Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry under Captain Aaron W. Lytle. He was a self made man whose business ability brought to him all that he enjoyed or won of this world's goods and his many sterling qualities occasioned his death to be deeply regretted when, in 1909, he passed away. His widow survives and made her home in Juniata until two or three years ago. In the family were five children: H. J., now living in Montana; C. J., of this review; F. M., a resident of Forest City, Arkansas; R. J., who is in Los Angeles, California; and R. L., living in Redlands, California.

C. J Vanhouten obtained his education in the schools of Juniata, supplemented by a commercial course. His early youth was spent upon the home farm and he has always been more or less largely connected with agricultural pursuits. In early manhood he turned his attention to tilling the soil, purchasing eighty acres of land on section 15, Juniata township, after which he converted the tract into productive fields. Eighteen years ago he took up banking in the employ of the firm of C. R. Jones & Company. They conducted their business as a private bank for twenty years but afterward reorganized it as the Bank of Juniata, under which name it has since been conducted. At the time of the reorganization Mr. Vanhouten became a member of the firm. In 1910 he erected a building for bank purposes and the institution was installed in its new home. The capital has been doubled since the organization and the business has ever been conducted upon a safe, substantial basis that thoroughly protects the interests of depositors. Mr. Vanhouten also conducts an insurance and real estate business and the various phases of his activities are constituting features in his growing success.

In 1909 Mr. Vanhouten was married to Miss Laura E. Boyd, who is a member of the Methodist church, while Mr. Vanhouten belongs to the Baptist church, his parents having been instrumental in establishing the first Baptist church in Juniata. In politics he is independent, nor has he ever sought political preferment. His chief interet has been his business and the careful direction of his affairs has brought to him growing and substantial success.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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