Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

AART VELTHOEN is a native of Holland, and is one of the industrious farmers of Anderson County. He owns a desirable farm on section 20, Union Township, and may be truly proud of the success he has achieved in the land of his adoption. For over thirty years he has taken his share in the advancement and prosperity of this county, of which he is justly esteemed one of the leading agriculturists.

Our subject was born in the southern part of Holland, March 10, 1828, and passed his boyhood in the usual manner of farmer lads. Much of his time was devoted to raising flax, in which he has very successful, and for a period of about six years he was employed as an overseer, as he was considered an expert in the business. His parents were also natives of Holland, where they passed their entire lives. His father bore the same Christian name as our subject, while his mother was in her maidenhood Miss Heltje Fisher. Their family comprised three children, namely: Leander, John and our subject.

Believing that he could better his condition, Mr. Velthoen took passage on a sailing-vessel on the 10th of March, 1856, bound for America. The voyage consumed fifty days, his destination being New Orleans, where he arrived early in May. He only remained in the Crescent City for about two days, and thence proceeded up the Mississippi River as far as Keokuk, Iowa. After prospecting in the west to some extent, he located in Marion County, Iowa, which was his place of abode until April, 1861, the dale of his arrival in Anderson County. He at once settled in what is now Union Township, where he has since been one of the prominent residents. He had only limited means, which he invested in one hundred acres of land, but as the years rolled by he found himself enabled to purchase more land, until at the present time he possesses some six hundred acres.

The union of Mr. Velthoen and Mrs. Henrietta M. Enochs was celebrated in Greeley, Anderson County, on the 31st of August, 1862. The lady was born in Darke County, Ohio, April 20, 1831. Her maiden name was Lawrence. She became the wife of George Enochs, and came to this county in October, 1859, settling in Union Township, where Mr. Enochs was accidently killed on the 29th of October of the following year. Their son, William H., is now a farmer of Union Township. Our subject and his wife have a son, John S., who married Miss Mary J. Alexander, and resides in Union Township. The father of Mrs. Velthoen, Clark Lawrence, was a native of Pennsylvania, while her mother was born in Maryland.

In his political affiliations our subject is a stanch supporter of the Republican party and nominees. He is a liberal contributor to church and benevolent enterprises, and adheres strictly to the teaching of the Golden Rule. He has a pleasant home, and has found in his wife a kind and trusty helpmate, who has aided materially in his success.

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