biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ALONZO VANALST, who owns and occupies a comfortable homestead in Black Oak Township, was born in Genesee County, N. Y., Nov. 9, 1837. He came to Iowa in 1867, and located in Poweshiek County, whence after a residence of three years he came to this county. On Jan. 18, 1867, Mr. Vanaist was married to Miss Ellen Curd, a native of Elkhart County, Ind., born Oct. 12, 1847. They became the parents of one child, Edward, now at home. The mother of this child died Aug. 28, 1872. On Feb. 14, 1883, our subject was again married, to Miss Alice Hoff. By this latter marriage there have been two children, James and Charles, both residing at home. The subject of this sketch was a soldier during the late war, enlisting in Co. K, 9th Ind. Vol. Inf., and served for four years. He participated with his command in the many engagements in which it took part, and acquitted himself creditably as a soldier. The home farm of Mr. Vanalst consists of eighty- four acres of excellent land, in a good state of cultivation and well improved. He has been fairly successful as a farmer, is an excellent citizen in every respect, and highly regarded by friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Politically he is a member of the Democratic party.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy