Dr. William Van Zanten, who since 1903 has been successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Shebogan, his efforts being attended with excellent success, was born in Allegan county, Michigan, August 26, 1869. His father, Klaas Van Zanten, was a native of Holland and on coming to America when twenty-six years of age, settled in Holland, Michigan. He followed farming throughout his entire life and in his native country also learned and followed the butchering business. He died in 1897, at the ripe old age of eighty-two years, while his wife, who bore the maiden name of Maria Schmidt, died in 1891, at the age of fifty-nine years. She was a native of Amsterdam, Holland. By her marriage she became the mother of eight children and all are yet living: Abraham, a resident of Holland, Michigan; Minnie, the wife of G. Lemmen, also living in Holland; Alexander, a hardware merchant of Muskegon, Michigan; Nicholas, a painter of Holland; John, who is living in that place; Gerrit, who is employed as a clerk in Holland; William, of this review; and Mary, the wife of Herman Tien, of Allegan county, Michigan.
Dr. Van Zanten spent his youthful days on the old home farm and supplemented his public school education by a course in the preparatory department of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, there pusuing his studies for four years. He afterward engaged in the drug business in Holland and this awakened his interest in the practice of medicine and led to his resolution to make that his life work. He afterward took up the study of medicine in Marquette College in Milwaukee, pursuing a four years' course, and following his graduation he opened an office in Sheboygan in 1903. Here he has continuously practiced and has been very successful. He holds to high standards of professional service, is very careful in the diagnosis of his cases and his judgment is seldom at fault in foretelling the outcome of disease. He keeps in touch with advanced work of his profession through his membership in the Sheboygan County Medical Society and the Wisconsin State Medical Association.
In 1902 Dr. Van Zanten was united in marriage to Miss Wilhelmina Veenendaal, who was born in Milwaukee in 1874, and is a daughter of Tunis and Hattie (Bruggink) Veenendaal, who are still living in Milwaukee. In the family of Dr. and Mrs. Van Zanten are four children: Anna, born in 1894 of a former marriage; Wesley, born in 1904; Beatrice, born in 1909; and Marion, born in 1912. Dr. and Mrs. Van Zanten are members of the Holland Reformed church, in which the Doctor has held the office of deacon. He is much interested in the moral progress of the community, to which end he takes active and helpful part in the church work. All matters of progressive citizenship awaken his interest and cooperation, and throughout his entire life progress and patriotism have been salient elements in his career.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL