John A. Zuurmond for many years was successfully engaged in farming in Wilson township. In 1911 he retired from the active cultivation of his farm and removed to Oostburg, where he is now engaged in the fire insurance business, being the authorized agent for several well known insurance companies. He was born in Holland township, January 30, 1855, and is the son of Adrian and Johanna T. (Arentsen) Zuurmond, both of whom were natives of the Netherlands.
The father was born in the province of Zeeland, December 14, 1830, and with his parents emigrated to America at fourteen years of age. His father's family settled in New York, where they remained for three years and then removed to Wisconsin and settled in Wilson township on a farm located on section 31, where they continued to live for many succeeding years, and there the grandmother of 'our subject passed away. The grandfather later lived with his son Adrian until the time of the former's death.
Adrian Zuurmond remained under the parental roof for some time after his father settled in Wilson township and eventually started in life for himself, working as a farm hand and also at various other kinds of employment for several years, at one time being employed in a sawmill at Gibbsville. He was a man of unremitting industry and by the constant practice of economy he was able to purchase a beautiful farm in Holland township, located on section 6, range 23, where he established his home and continued to live until 1876. While engaged in the development and cultivation of his farm he also operated a profitable contracting and building business until 1878, at which time he retired from active business and removed to Oostburg, where he continued to reside until 1883 and then purchased a farm of seventy-seven acres, located on section 29 in Wilson township, on which he resided until the time of his death, which occurred January 3, 1911, when he had attained the age of eighty years. He was united in marriage to Miss Johanna T. Arentsen in 1853.
Mrs. Zuurmond was also a native of the Netherlands and was born in the province of Gelderland, January 8, 1828. She emigrated with her parents to this country in 1848 and passed away on the 29th of June, 1895, at the age of sixty-seven years. To Mr. and Mrs. Zuurmond was born one child, John A., of this review.
John A. Zuurmond was reared in his parents' home and educated in a common school in Holland township. He remained under the parental roof until he was eighteen years of age and at that time he removed to Waseca, Minnesota, where he learned the cabinetmaker's trade. He remained in Minnesota, working at his trade for two years, after which he returned to Oostburg, where he opened a cabinet shop for himself, which he operated for a number of years. He later disposed of his shop and moved to his father's farm in Wilson township, where he continued to reside and devote his attention to general fanning until 1911, at which time he rented the farm to his sons and removed to Oostburg, where he has since been engaged in the fire insurance business and as a notary public.
In Wilson township, on June 27, 1884, Mr. Zuurmond was united in marriage to Miss Aplonia Dana, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs." Peter Dana, the father being president of the Bank of Oostburg. To Mr. and Mrs. Zuurmond four children have been born: Edward, who is operating the home farm and who on January 13, 1909, wedded Miss Jennie Wiekamp, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wiekamp, of Holland township; Susan, who is engaged in the millinery business and resides at home; Anna, who is also a milliner and who devotes a portion of her time to that occupation in Milwaukee ; and Peter, who in company with his brother Edward, resides on his father's farm, where he is engaged in general farming.
Mr. Zuurmond is a loyal member of the republican party and has served as a state delegate at several conventions of that party. He is a member of the Christian Reformed church and for a number of years past has served as a deacon in the local church of that denomination at Oostburg. John A. Zuunnond is one of the representative and highly respected citizens of Wilson township and a man whose Christian character and influence are helpful and inspiring to the community in which he lives.
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