Pella, Hospers, Miss Jeanetta

Miss Jeanetta Hospers

Jeanetta Hospers was hired by the library board of Pella to serve as the assistant librarian on 10 December 1907.[1] Working with Librarian Carrie Van Vliet, she earned a wage of $10 per week.[2]

She was born on 18 February 1890 to Nicholas Hospers and Petronella Van Lewwen in Pella.[3] Jeanetta grew up in Pella, and spent most of her life there. Sometime before 1910 she left her job as an assistant librarian to become a teacher in Pella.[4] She married Samuel Van Vliet, brother of head librarian Carrie Van Vliet,[5] on 1 January 1912.[6] They had two children, Paul Hospers and Charles Dean who they raised in Pella.[7] Jeannetta and her husband moved to Amarillo, Texas, sometime after 1930, when the census recorded them living in Pella.[8] Jeanetta died in Amarillo, Texas on 5 May 1979.[9] She is buried in Pella’s Oak Wood Cemetery.[10]

-Russell Buchanan


[1] First Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Free Public Library, Pella, Iowa, 10 December 1907.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

[4] Year: 1910; Census Place: Pella Ward 3, Marion, Iowa; Roll: T624_412; Page 7B; Enumeration District: 0051; FHL microfilm: 1374425

[5], Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.

[6] Iowa Department of Public Health; Des Moines, Iowa, Series Title: Iowa Marriage Records, 1880-1922; Record Type: Textual Records

[7] U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

[8] Year: 1930; Census Place: Pella, Marion, Iowa; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 2340403.

[9] U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current.

[10] Ibid.