JOHN VAN STEENWYK
Plaster contrator; Monmouth; is one of the most enterprising citizens of the city mentioned, and enjoys a wide acquaintance, especially in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was bora at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1867, a son of William and Caroline (VanGravlan) Van Steenwyk, natives of Holland, who married in Iowa. His father was a son of William Van Steenwyk, who was an early settler at Pella, Iowa. He located in the early forties at Keokuk, which then consisted of only a few log houses, and which is his home at th« present time.
John VanSteen- wyk was educated and instructed in his trade at Keokuk, and came to Monmouth in 1891, and has become popular as a citizen and has prospered as a business man. He was elected a member of the Board of Aldermen, representing the Third Ward, in 1899, and served two years in that office, during a portion of which time he was Chairman of the Gas and Electric Light Committee and of the Committee on Buildings and Public Grounds. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, of the Fraternal Tribune and of Monmouth Lodge, No. 577, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Of the body last mentioned he is one of the trustees and, in 1900, was elected representative to the Grand Lodge. He married, at Burlington, Iowa, in 1893, Myrtle L. Johnson, daughter of Joseph E. Johnson, a pioneer at Council Bluffs, Iowa, who removed thence to Burlington. Mrs. Van Steewyk has borne her husband two children whose names are Glenn Elton John and Melvin.
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