Jacob Van Putten and Cornelis Ver Schure

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.