History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.
JOHN H. ROZEMA was prominently identified for a
number of years with the educational life of Benton county, and he is
now serving as the cashier of the Farmers Savings Bank of Keystone. He
was born in Ottawa county, Michigan, September 17, 1866, to the
marriage union of Henry and Zwaantje (Nyenhuis), Rozema, both of whom
were born in Holland, the father in 1822 and the mother in 1834. Henry
Rozema came from his native Holland to Michigan when about thirty-five
years of age, and he died, at Fremont of that state at the advanced age
of eighty-one years. Mrs. Rozema was one of the original settlers of
the Dutch colony that located in Ottawa county, Michigan, in 1846. They
settled amid the dense timber there, and had to cut down the trees to
make room for their little log cabin homes. She is still living at
John H. Rozema, one of their nine children, six of whom are living, was
reared as a farmer lad, attending first the district schools, then Hope
College at Holland, Michigan, and entering the University of Michigan
at Ann Arbor he graduated from its law department in 1893. During the
year following his graduation he taught school in Michigan and coming
to Benton county in 1894 he taught at different points here until in
1901 he took charge of the Keystone school, a position he continued to
fill until in March of 1906 he retired from educational work to become
the cashier of the Farmers Savings Bank of Keystone. He is a
stockholder in the Keystone Mercantile Company, and is serving as a
justice of the peace.
On the 25th of September, 1909, Mr. Rozema married Miss Mae Stedman,
who was born in Vinton, Iowa, a daughter of E. B. and Lucy Stedman. Mr.
Rozema is a member of Keystone Lodge, No. 135, I. O. 0. F., of Hope
Lodge, No. 375, A. F. & A. M., at Belle Plaine, and in politics he
has been a life-long Democrat, always taking an active part in
political work, but always favoring the best man regardless of party
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