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Alfred J. Van Trojen

Alfred J. Van Trojen, a merchant and postmaster of Chimacum, was born in that city May 19, 1881. His father, John Van Trojen, was born in the Netherlands in 1849 and came to America as a sailor in 1869. He landed at Port Ludlow, Washington, where he secured employment and later homesteaded. He has since successfully followed farming and dairying and is one of the leading agriculturists, stock breeders and poultry raisers of his section of the state. In fact he has one of the finest poultry ranches of Washington. He married Elizabeth Bishop, a daughter of William C. Bishop, one of the honored pioneer settlers of Jefferson county. She passed away at Chimacum, February 10, 1915, at the age of fifty-four years, and is survived by ten of her eleven children, one daughter, Annie, the wife of C. J. Kelly, having passed away in June, 1916. The others are: John; Alfred J.; Bernard; William; Adrienna, the wife of Albert Ammeter; Roy; Florence; Lucille; George; and Elizabeth. All are residents of Chimacum.

After mastering the branches of learning taught in the public schools of his native city Alfred J. Van Trojen attended the State Agricultural College at Pullman, Washington, and starting out in the business world, was first employed as a clerk for eight years by the Washington Mill Company at Hadlock. In 1907 he engaged in general merchandising at Chimacum with a borrowed capital of nineteen hundred dollars. He has since built up a good and satisfactory business, succeeding beyond his expectations.

On the 1st of March, 1911, in Chimacum, Mr. Van Trojen was married to Miss Elizabeth Rose Ammeter, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ammeter, early settlers of Jefferson county. They have two children: Alfred J., who was born December 10, 1912; and Maurice, born June 10, 1917.

Mr. Van Trojen was made a Mason at Hadlock and is a past master of Jefferson Lodge, No. 107, F. & A. M. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church and his political belief that of the republican party. In February, 1913, he was appointed postmaster of Chimacum, which position he is still filling, and as a businessman and official he occupies a prominent position in connection with the public interests of his town.

Source: Washington, west of the Cascades; historical and descriptive; the explorers, the Indians, the pioneers, the modern; (Volume 2); by Herbert Hunt; Publisher: Chicago, Seattle, etc., The S. J. Clarke publishing company; 1917.

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