Dirk Nieland

Dirk Nieland, Page 438-39
is another of the numerous sons of the fair old Netherlands who have gained success in connection with business activities in the city of Grand Rapids, and here he has maintained his home since he was a youth of nineteen years. Mr. Nieland, in the year 1912, here became associated with the old established William. H. Van Leeuwen Company, a pioneer and important representative of the real estate, loan and insurance business in the city and county, and in this connection he gained varied and valuable experience in the selling of real estate, as well as in other departments of the business. William H. Van Leeuwen established this business shortly after the close of his loyal service as a soldier of the Union in the Civil war, and he continued the executive head of the enterprise until he had attained to the venerable age of eighty years. He retired May 1, 1925, and the business was purchased by his trusted and valued assistant, Dirk Nieland, of this review, who has since continued at the head and who in his methods and policies is well upholding the prestige that has attended the business during the course of more than half a century, the while he places high valuation on the reputation his concern has held during the many years of its control by his honored predecessor. Mr. Nieland was born in the Netherlands, January 16, 1886, and was there reared and educated, having been nineteen years of age when he accompanied his parents to the United States, where the family home was forthwith established in Grand Rapids. He is a son of Peter and Liefke (Tornga) Nieland, born respectively in 1842 and 1848. The father died in 1922, but the mother still survives and maintains her home in this city, where she has many warm friends. With her, in the attractive home at 926 Sigsbee street, southeast, remains her son Dirk, of this sketch, who is the only child, and who was married to Miss Anna DeBoer on September 2, 1925. After coming to Grand Rapids, Dirk Nieland was here employed several years in furniture factories and thereafter he was associated with his father in gardening until 1912, when he turned his attention to the real estate business, his association with which has already been made a matter of record in this review. Mr. Nieland has no little literary ability, has studied and read with discrimination, and he has taken much satisfaction in writing sketches of Dutch life in America, with deep appreciation of the sterling worth and many original characteristics of the Holland Dutch settler who have played a large part in the development and progress of Michigan, as the history of the state fully reveals. Several of Mr. Nieland's sketches have been published in book form, and many of his articles have been published in the newspaper press.

Transcriber:  Gloria Paas
Created: 17 April 2003
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