The Van Putten family members — like the Harringtons, Keppels and Posts — was one more relatives of early Holland enterprise leaders.
Jacob Van Putten II was born in The Netherlands in 1820. He married Maria Hilleman and with each other they had six kids: Tannetje (Van Putten) Ver Schure in 1852, Jacob J. Van Putten III in 1855 (regarded as “Black Jake” simply because of his hair and to distinguish him from his cousin), Adrianus Van Putten in 1857, Leendert Van Putten in 1860, Maria (Van Putten) Nyland in 1862 and Marinus Van Putten in 1864.
Jacob got his start when he ordered present working day Waukazoo Woods and lumbered the trees at his mill around Maple Avenue and Eighth Road.
In 1860, he (alongside with E.J. Harrington and a different spouse) started the first steam-run passenger and shipping support on Black Lake.
Nathan Kenyan and Jacob Van Putten opened their financial institution in 1878 in a tiny body constructing at 30 W. Eighth St. — where Fris Supply Shop is today. Van Putten’s son, Marinus, and son-in-legislation, Cornelis Ver Schure, labored at the financial institution.
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Later, Kenyon marketed his shares and the financial institution was renamed the Holland Town Financial institution.
In 1877, “Black Jake” and Adrianus acquired a picket butter tub manufacturing unit company in Montague and relocated the company to River Avenue and Fourth Avenue in Holland.
The wood staves for creating the butter tubs and other containers arrived from Black Jake’s sawmill in New Richmond. A single of the plant supervisors was James De Youthful, who would have a municipal power plant named soon after him.
By 1892, the meatpacking homes in Chicago were shopping for most of the output. But the tub manufacturing facility didn’t survive the disaster subsequent the panic on Wall Avenue in 1893.
In 1891, Black Jake and a team of buyers bought the Werkman Producing Organization, also at River Avenue and Fourth Street. They renamed it the Ottawa Furniture Enterprise. There, they designed medium-priced eating room and bedroom sets.
At its peak, the corporation used 20 touring salesmen. In 1915, it instituted a gain-sharing process to gain its personnel. In 1928, it erected a 3-tale showroom following to its factory. But in 1933, the business went bankrupt, a victim of The Wonderful Melancholy.
Jacob Van Putten’s son-in-legislation, Cornelis Ver Schure, would also have an impression on Holland business, in addition to his banking pursuits. In 1889, he served as Fourth Ward Alderman. In 1891, he joined his brother-in-legislation, Black Jake, in ownership of the Ottawa Furnishings Organization.
In 1903, Ver Schure and an additional business contributed $300 toward establishing a Catholic congregation in Holland. In the early 1900s, he joined the board of the Ottawa County Building and Personal loan Affiliation, which experienced been formed by unnamed citizens in 1889.
In 1905, Ver Schure and his brother-in-legislation, Leander Van Putten, helped set up People’s Point out Financial institution. In 1908, he joined Charles McLean at Thompson Production Firm, a maker of h2o closets, as vice president.
In 1910, Ver Schure and Austin Harrington led the Holland Board of Trade, which recruited new companies to Holland, including Chicago’s Dearborn Engraving Business, which crafted a plant at 24th Road and Ottawa Avenue.
In 1912, Ver Schure served as a police and fire commissioner he later on resigned in protest since one particular of the police and fireplace commissioners, William Orr, was seeking to persuade the chief of law enforcement and a choose to withhold a warrant towards saloon keeper Walter Sutton for marketing alcohol to minors.
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Cornelis Ver Schure died in 1917. The Ver Schure home nevertheless stands at 162 W. 12th Street.
Black Jake’s cousin, Jacob Van Putten — nicknamed “White Jake” for his blond hair — was born in 1859. In 1893, White Jake was supervisor of the Holland Home furnishings Organization. In 1890, he married a granddaughter of Albertus Van Raalte, Christina Johanna.
From 1887 right up until 1891, he served as Holland’s postmaster. In 1892, he was an preliminary investor in Holland’s to start with energy plant, prior to it was taken about by the town.
White Jake also served as alderman, mayor and investor in the Ottawa Home furniture Company, West Michigan Household furniture Organization, Holland Sugar Enterprise and Holland Metropolis State Financial institution.
White Jake and Christina lived at 36 E. 12th Street. The residence however stands. White Jake died in 1909. Black Jake died in 1932.
Details from this post will come from Robert Swierenga’s “Holland, Michigan.”
— Neighborhood Columnist Steve VanderVeen is a business enterprise professor at Hope School. Call him at [email protected].