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JOSEPH VAN CLOOSTERE

(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 170)

Another to be attracted to the wonderful Gulf Coast was Joseph Van Cloostere.

Born in Belguim (sic), when he was quite young his parents came to America and settled in the fertile land of Southern Illinois .

Was graduated from the Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, then returned to Illinois and successfully managed the large wheat farms of his parents.

Then became interested in the milling industry and later entered the banking business.

After spending one winter on the Gulf Coast, decided to build a winter home and later made Gulfport his permanent home.

Was interested with Capt. Jones in building the Mississippi Coast Traction Co. Took an active part in the development of Gulfport, in her banks and in the building of the Military Academy and Gulf Park College.

Died in July, 1921, leaving a wife, formerly Miss Mary Smith of New Orleans, and one son, Joseph S. Van Cloostere, now a student in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

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